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Links 1 through 10 of 23 by Kris Van den Bergh tagged management

A motley gang of anarchists, free-love advocates, and banana-rights agitators have hijacked The Love Boat out of Puerto Vallarta and are threatening to sink it in 7 days with all 616 passengers and 327 crew members unless their demands are met. The demand? A million dollars in small unmarked bills, and a GPL implementation of WATFIV, that is, the esteemed Waterloo Fortran IV compiler. (It’s surprising how few things the free-love people can find to agree on with the banana-rights people.)

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It's said that with great power comes great responsibility. Among business functions, the IT group has disproportionate control over what can and can't happen in an organization.

Let's take instant messaging as an example. Assuming IT makes the final decision (which is often the case), enabling instant messaging both internally and with external parties can fundamentally change the way a business communicates. But prohibit instant messaging (which still happens today), and the IT organization is fundamentally dictating how communication will take place. That's considerable power for a business function, and it must be managed carefully.

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I don't have a lot to say about WikiLeaks, but I do want to make a few points.

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Everyone knows about Personal File Management. Everybody manages its own collection of documents either stored in your local hard drives or in a private directory available as part of a shared network drive. We are now assisting to the rise of a new generation of “Cloud Content Management” with the fast growth of DropBox and similar offerings (the so long waited GDrive for example). If you combine these document oriented applications with other notes taking, web scrapping utilities (e.g: Evernote, ReadItLater or Webnotes kind of tools) or personal social decks (Seesmic, TweetDeck and similar), we are assisting to an explosion of personal productivity tools.

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I get a daily Dilbert cartoon by email (thanks to Dick de Ridder for organising the feed from the Dilbert site) Here I collect the Dilbert cartoons I really liked. I leave it to you to guess why.

Also available are some Dilbert-like quotes from real life managers, collected by a magazine that ran a "Dilbert-quotes" contest.

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At the exact moment you had your idea, ten other people had the exact same idea. There was just something in the environment that made it the right time for folks to think that one up. The race has already begun! Who’s going to execute first? Who’s going to execute best? If you want to waste nine months trying to raise VC money for that idea, great. But six months in, you’re gonna cry when you see someone else put out that same product you’re pitching me right now. Like I said, forget everything else and just get your product out the door. Now.

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Jeremiah Owyang knows what he wants and he knows how to get it, fast. Just short of two years after joining Forrester, the second biggest professional analyst firm in the US, Owyang announced yesterday that he's decided to leave. From working in the marketing department of Hitachi Data Systems to joining business podcast network startup Podtech to becoming the first blogger to be hired as an analyst - Owyang's last five years have been a model of professional advancement through social media.

He hasn't disclosed what he's going to do next yet, but his so-far brief career as probably the most social-media savvy member of the relatively conservative analyst industry offers a rich snapshot of how this important part of the business world is changing. Owyang has already played a big role in changing it.

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