Posts filed under “Philosophy”

Where Does Success Come From?

You go to meetings. You process your inbox. You might make a presentation here and there. You certainly seem busy. But I bet if I asked your team what it is you do all day long, most of them would say, “I have no idea”. And come to think of it, do you know how exactly they spend every day?

In today’s new generation of tech company, leadership and responsibility is more distributed than ever before. People are expected to get the job done, without someone watching or directing every move all along the way. Teams are focused on results, not roles.

So as leaders in increasingly flat organizations without the traditional hierarchy and process of the past, how can we make sure we are still leading effectively? What’s the balance between too hands-on and too hands-off?

Your job as a leader is to let your team do what they’re good at, but you can only give over autonomy once you’ve given them the tools they need and trust that they can execute without you watching over their shoulder. The talk will cover strategies to help you build trust with your team and set up the right guard rails to loosen your grip on the steering wheel and give people what they want in a leader.

by Kate Matsudaira, Founder & CTO at PopForms on Oct 25, 2013

Category: Digital Media, Philosophy

Freedom To Choose (…to be buggered)

Cassandra Does Tokyo is a former hedge fund manager and ex NY Trader, who is now living abroad. ~~~ Freedom To Choose (…to be buggered) Her Majesty’s Post Office, The Royal Mail, has been privatized. As such, it is an opportune moment to evalute past experience, in order to ruminate upon whether, in totality, as…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank

More Noise, Less Signal

On Friday, I described a goal of mine: To pursue more signal, and less noise: “Our subject is how to reduce the meaningless distractions in your portfolio (and your life). You want less of the annoying nonsense that interferes with your investing, and more of the meaty data that allows you to become a less…Read More

Category: Financial Press, Philosophy

Tax Rates, Inequality, and US Deficits

Its Friday, after what was for me a long and annoying 17 days. But the shutdown is over, US markets are at all time highs, and Bob Shiller got his Nobel (more on this tomorrow). You might think that I would be at peace with the current state of the world, but life is never…Read More

Category: Economy, Mathematics, Philosophy, Taxes and Policy

Being A Long Term Investor in a Short Term World

Its Friday, and today is the day I usually like to wax philosophical about a variety of things. It seems this week we have done a good deal of that already (see this and this). Given those posts, let’s briefly discuss the issues investors have with the artificial construct we call Time. What’s that you…Read More

Category: Investing, Philosophy, Psychology

Yay! Its a No-NFP Non Farm Payrolls Friday !

Okay, so here is the deal: We have no report of the NFP data today. The net impact of this? Nothing. Total loss to the investment community? Nada. Actual impact to the economy? Zilch. There are two things we need to understand about this report: The first is what makes it significant; the second is…Read More

Category: Employment, Philosophy

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Click for full book Source: Book of Bad Arguments   I deal with bad arguments all the time, constantly swatting away silly arguments and foolish rhetoric. This little book does a nice job summarizing them all.  

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Whats Your Forecast?

Its Philosophy Friday, and I want to discuss in broad terms the same interesting conversation that keeps coming up: Over the past few weeks, I keep getting that question: Whats your forecast for the economy? Where will interest rates be at the end of the year? Are Jobs going to improve? And of course, the big…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

W. Edwards Deming: 14 Points for Management

“Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and the people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment.” -W. Edwards Deming Dr. Deming’s Ideas Dr. Deming’s famous 14 Points, originally presented in Out of the Crisis, serve as management guidelines. The…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Philosophy

Outcome or Process Oriented?

Well, that was a busy week, wasn’t it? The non-Taper, the Lehman anniversary, oh, and our little launch has kept your humble author rather busy. Since its Friday, the day I like to get all philosophical on y’all, let’s reflect on a simple issue: What is more important to investors, their process or their results?…Read More

Category: Investing, Markets, Philosophy