Saturday, December 13, 2014
Delegation on Steroids
At Harvard Business Review is an interesting piece about how Google attacks problems. The piece breaks the approach down into four parts:
- People want to do a good job.
- Given enough eyeballs, every bug is shallow.
- People perform best at tasks that interest them.
- Great leaders provide a sense of mission and purpose.
[T]he "best people" weren't chosen by Page, they chose themselves and proved so adept at the task that the AdWords problem was solved over a weekend. Far faster than most CEO's can organize a meeting among "top people."We see Larry Page using his grasp of the better, value-oriented side of human nature so well that his urgent tasks seem to delegate themselves! It is astounding how much time and effort that harnessing the interest of others can save.
"Human knowledge is neither automatic nor infallible, and it's not a moral failure to not know everything." -- Michael Hurd, in "What Makes a Person a Perfectionist" at The Delaware Coast Press
"For two decades I've been questioning the concept of the alleged disease of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." -- Michael Hurd, in "ADHD: The Party's Over" at The Delaware Wave
My Two Cents
I'll remember the Hurd piece on ADHD when my son reaches grade school age: I have seen ADHD used to "explain" typical boyhood behavior so many times that I regard having to contest such a diagnosis as almost inevitable. I have never been on the ADHD bandwagon, but I would have to challenge professional authority if someone decides to apply that label.
Word to the Wise: Dump Sitemeter
The "third-party script" that was causing people to have trouble visiting my blog stopped causing the problem as soon as I removed it. As has been the case for numerous other bloggers with the same or similar problems, this was the script that enabled the (former?) site statistics-tracking service, Sitemeter.
My site being replaced, without my knowledge or consent, by a full-page ad for something I've never even heard of is completely unacceptable, and I don't care if it happened through incompetence or sleaziness. I don't run ads here, and if I ever decide to, they will be unobtrusive. I hate being made to redirect my attention by visually-distracting, noisy ads, and I have a general policy of not subjecting others to things I that find annoying.
Sitemeter has lost my trust and I can't think of anything that outfit can do to gain it back.
My thanks go to reader C. Andrew for bringing my attention to this problem.
Today: Corrected reader credit in last part of post.