A pinch of naive is the price to innovate

One of my responsibility is “creating and implementing sales improving initiatives”, i’m new to this responsibility, so i’ve been called inexperience and even naive.

For me, the inexperience part is inevitable since i’m still quite young, but naive part, is really, a deliberate option on my part.

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Sense of Ownership

I. The situation

In my team, I have great staff members and not so great ones.

Let’s talk a bit about definition about “great” and “not so great” before we continue:

Great: independent in completing a job; able to balance finding own solution with checking with me when faced with issues; take time to think about solution and their potential implication and alternatives, produce clean work (no typos; takes time to ensure that visual is nice); keep track of task to be completed and accomplish them one by one; take the time to accomplish a job.

In a world filled with parallel projects and limited resource, Life Is A Breeze with these guys.

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Is it really there? This difference between the gen Y’s and the other generations?

I’ve read some articles (newspaper, mags, blogs, and pieces of books) about the difference between Gey Y (~ 1980-1999), Gen X (~ 1965-1980) and Baby Boomers (~ 1945-1965) in the work place. I wonder whether these articles are really relevant, some parts of it is not, but i found some part of comparison which are somewhat accurate.

The potential fallacies of such comparison

As I read these articles I feel that it somehow has a disconnect with reality due to several things:

1. They have to make some generalities and generalities can be false (the generalities are not representative of a dominant, significant, or important part of the population), unrepresentative (it can only represent one part of the entire population), and incomparable (the segment of Gex Y compared is different to the segment of Gen X compared, you could be comparing qualities of the top 10% of Gen Y with the 50% of Gen X)

2. It’s mostly made by American to explain a piece of social segmentation with the American context. Since different GDP allows access to different level of education (better paid teachers, better class room, better teaching equipments, better museums, better libraries, etc) the portrayal made in these articles might not be relevant for Indonesia.

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Ridicilious mark up by indonesian software distributor

fotolia_1193405Recently i was evaluating a very nice looking visual mining software named Advizor.

The software allows a very visual manipulation of a large data set, it doesn’t provide the deep analysis afforded by SAS data mining tool, or the more automatic approach by SPSS PASW modeler,

but it greatly support business user with some interest in data (like me) to play with the data that i have

Now, the guy who introduce the software was very nice, very nice, he spend time to introduce us to the software, to show what we can do, he even create and test some hypothesis, and you know what? he’s not the guy distributing the software in Indo

He spend all this time explaining something he can’t even sell to us

So, i contact the distributor of the software in Indonesia, ask them for a quote

And they give me quotes ranging from US$ 3,000 to US$ 5,700 for the desktop version of the software (only the software, no maintenance etc)

It was outrageous, it was overpriced to the point where i feel kinda insulted

why do i feel that?  the software is sold online by the developer, i can easily check the price on their website, which i have done before hand (the software is price from US$ 500 to US% 1,000 on the website)

I mean, to release such ridiculous price, what were they thinking? that i’m so stupid i won’t check the price? and it’s out there right on the developer website, and they, as the reseller of all people should know.

Man, this really makes me reconsider all the quotes that i’ve seen and to be very careful about future quotes

Predictive algorithm and what’s so great about the Netflix Prize

AlgorithmWell, on the surface, nothing much. But it represent increasing interest on a very promising field.

It’s million dollar prize for computer expert and statistician that can improve a set of algorithm (a set of rules to be executed by computer).

Netflix, the companies who pay for this $1 million reward, is a movie rental company in USA (trying to establish international presence). You choose movies on their website, they send the movie to you by mail, you send back the movies when you’re done with the movies you borrow.

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Why does being a good boss is so difficult?

Quantum Leadership Circle - image courtesy: http://www.pcstx.biz/Because being a bad one is so easy

Ok first, how do you become a good boss?

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