October 31, 2009 Leave a comment
From the home office, waiting for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch…
Bonus just for this week…
#11: Small change to my Twitter bio…I’m now VP of Product at Spigit. Carry on…
Observations on technology and business from someone who should know better
March 17, 2009 494 Comments
I saw this exchange on Twitter, which is a painful lesson in how NOT to use Twitter in this tough economy.
A lucky job applicant tweeted the following:
Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.
This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:
Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.
Ouch! The person who dissed the Cisco offer quickly took their Twitter account private. But Twitter search retained the record.
Remember a couple months ago when the PR guy’s tweet about Memphis came back to bite him? This is another example of the need to be careful with what you post on Twitter, and social media in general.
I’m @bhc3 on Twitter.
February 27, 2009 2 Comments
An experience I had that comes back to me from time to time is work I used to do way back in the early 1990s. I was an Assistant Buyer for Hecht’s Department Store in Washington D.C. My department? Stationery and Frames.
The picture frames could get handled roughly, both by customers and in transit. Which meant broken glass. A lot of it.
The store department managers would box up these frames of broken glass, and ship ’em back to the Hecht’s warehouse in Maryland. Boxes of these frames would show up each week, stored in the specially designated Frames area. I’m guessing the warehouse crew thought that was sort of amusing.
So you’ve got a bunch of frames, but no glass. What do you do? Ship ’em back to the different manufacturers?
No, you send the Assistant Buyer to the warehouse to replace the glass.
We’d order a bunch of different pieces of glass, and I’d rebuild these poor little specimens on the Island of Misfit Frames. It sucked. I mean, I wore gloves but would inevitably get cuts on my hands. It was hot in that warehouse. Sitting there for hours doing this work was b o r i n g. I was a college grad, dammit!
But something happened over the hours, days and weeks I did this work. I learned those picture frames. I knew all the Burnes styles cold. It happened in spite of my dislike of the glass replacement work in the warehouse.
How did it help?
All from the hours of grunt work in the warehouse. This is a lesson I like to remember from time to time.
See this post on FriendFeed: http://friendfeed.com/search?required=q&q=%22In+Praise+of+Grunt+Work%22
February 8, 2009 3 Comments
From the home office in Victoria, Australia…
#1: Interesting convo w/ colleague. Is there any risk to tweeting that you’re traveling on vacation? Burglars searching for such tweets?