Sunday, October 26, 2014

RIP: Jack Bruce

Yesterday, Jack Bruce died.  He was perhaps most well known as the bassist and lead singer of Cream.  I knew for years that his health was declining, so his death isn't all that surprising.  There were rumors that the Cream reunion shows in 2005 were staged partly to help Bruce pay for his liver transplant.

Jack Bruce is now free indeed.

Friday, October 24, 2014

MST3K Friday: Random Bits 5

"Don't fool with me, I'm a wizard."
"Oh, please tell me this isn't happening."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This is one of the books I read on vacation. It was a quick read with some good things to say.  There wasn't a whole lot new I learned from the book, but that's more of a testament to how influential this book has been than an indictment of any shortcomings.

My one takeaway is to act mindfully as a manager.  You want to do stewardship delegation as opposed to gopher delegation.  In stewardship delegation, you allow your direct reports to learn and grow.  Gopher delegation is simply having them paint by numbers to implement your vision. I try to do this with my team, but I think I should be more explicit about wanting them to do things on their own and to hold myself back when I feel like I'm making them "gophers".

Monday, October 20, 2014

Song of the Week: I Left My Hat in Haiti

I missed the last two weeks because I was on vacation again. I didn't go to Haiti; I just like this song by Billy Eckstine.