"I just want to do my job," is phrase used to withdraw from the team and disengage from the context that makes "your job" meaningful.
A friend of mine works for a company that refuses business with clients who have low Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scores, Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) Scores, or that operate in vice industries (tobacco, gambling, and firearms). There is enough business to be had with clients with similar social values: they don’t need to take everything … Continue reading Turning down business for ethics
A client tells the industry rag he wants a banana. The industry rag identifies a trend in “Linear Fruit.” Vendor Executives read the article and innovate on “Linear Food.” Vendor product team develops “Sausage Services” Vendor Sales asks the client if he wants a hot dog.
Amazon (I'm told) anchors their culture with a metaphor. Every employee uses a cheap wooden door for a desk. It's the key to getting a $107B company to act like a start up. Baseball players anchor a culture of winning and mutual support by growing playoff beards. Personal Culture Attitude is a kind of personal … Continue reading Anchoring Culture and Attitude
Code Debt is the result of borrowing against future effort to speed short term delivery of code- the cost inevitably being paid back with interest when it must be fixed to be upgraded or changed. Ben Horowitz points out that the concept applies elsewhere- like managerial debt, which is often paid back with politics and … Continue reading Technology Debt