Where have I been?

Idiot Question? By CJ Song on Flickr

Idiot Question? By CJ Song on Flickr

My goodness, look at how the time flies! Only the other day, I was wondering why US Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn’t go after the bankers, and…before I know it, we are into the last quarter of the following year!

Well, in truth, I have been very busy on a number of other projects. I had another website to build and develop, as part of my “serious life”, so I couldn’t spend as much time here.

Though it doesn’t matter, because I doubt whether anyone reads this blog! I am afraid I’ve neglected all the rules about doing my SEO-work and dotting my articles with keywords and all the other gazillion things that you’re supposed to do, judging by the numerous articles on the web. I do wonder whether there is anyone who visits this blog, apart from the occasional spammer…

The Dilbert Principle and Mark Twain – All you need is Confidence

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure – Mark Twain

That’s how the morons in life get hired. The previous post, called to mind anecdote about Mark Twain which I came across once upon a time. I can’t remember where I got this from, though I am fairly certain it was the great man. Continue reading

Stress Relief – Whack Your Computer

Courtesy of Tom Winkler

Courtesy of Tom Winkler

How many of you have never had a problem with your computer? Hands up! No, I didn’t think so. At least when it happens at work, there’s someone in the IT department who can fix it.

Assuming of course that you work for an organisation which actually has an IT department.

Or at the least has IT technicians who know what they’re doing (not always the case).

Anyway, for those of you who’ve always wanted to bash the bloody thing, but were too afraid – here’s your chance to do it online at Whack Your Computer – from the same people that brought you Whack Your Boss.

Have a nice day!

Don’t beat up your Boss – Punch the Air instead!

Newman Noggs and the Nickleby ladies by "Phiz"

Newman Noggs and the Nickleby ladies by “Phiz”

You may remember how I’ve said that it isn’t a good idea to beat up your boss. I also mentioned how Nicholas Nickleby did just that when he couldn’t take any more.

Nicholas could have followed the example of his friend Newman Noggs when he was similarly stressed by his employer. Continue reading

The Dilbert Principle – So how do they get Hired?

Photo by Fernando de Sousa on Flickr

Photo by Fernando de Sousa on Flickr

To my mind, the Dilbert Principle, if taken to its logical conclusion, suggests that all you have to do to succeed in life, is to be a duffer. Duffers get promoted, those with talent get left behind. Duffers get paid more, experts paid less.

And of course, I’ve seen this happen, both in my own experience and from those of others. Continue reading

When did you last bring a Wall Street Firm to Trial? Senator Elizabeth Warren questions Regulators

We saw in a previous post how Senator Elizabeth Warren asked this question and the answer was not satisfactory, to out it mildly. This is a short video extract.

What Makes a Good Leader? Part Two

Sir Winston S Churchill

Sir Winston S Churchill

This is my second post in the two part series “What Makes a Good Leader?” This exciting series was prompted by an absurd article in the Huffington Post, claiming that certain politicians – to wit, Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson – need plastic surgery if they are to have a hope in hell of reaching the top of the greasy pole.

All this is nonsense of course. It’s a person’s inner qualities that count. In my first post, I discussed the ability of a boss to delegate. This second post talks about how important it is that a boss should be decisive.

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When will the Bankers go to Jail?

Harry Houdini by  Snapshots of The Past on Flickr

Harry Houdini by Snapshots of The Past on Flickr

Well, at least someone higher up is asking the question. Elizabeth Warren, newly elected Senator for Massachusetts – the same Senate seat once graced by the late Teddy Kennedy – has asked top regulators, when was the last time they took a Wall Street bank to trial.

And the answer is not really hopeful. Continue reading