Should workshops cost more in person?

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For the first time since February of 2020, a potential client asked me for a workshop delivered in-person, rather than through a videoconference. I’m going to have to charge more. But it’s an interesting question if the client is actually getting more value from the in-person session. Some quick history Before 2020, I delivered my … Continued

The crash: stocks and Bitcoin

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Nearly every financial asset is dropping in value. But they are not all the same. Here is a chart of the S&P 500 for the last 12 months. Any other index of stocks has a similar chart. A year ago, the S&P 500 index was at 4255. As I write this it is at 3750. … Continued

Ultimatums delivered nicely

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I’ve recently had to ask some people I like to get their asses in gear. It’s an interesting question how to be firm with people who are disappointing you, even though you want to maintain a good relationship with them. Here are two tales about this. Consider what you would write to these folks, and … Continued

How to make sure you’re not replaced by a robot

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AI robots are now assembling cars, writing news articles, detecting fraud, checking you out as you leave retail stores, and replying to customer service inquiries. In the future they may be driving trucks or writing code. Will your job be replaced by a robot? Almost certainly it will. I don’t care what you are doing … Continued

Elon Musk lays off 10% of Tesla’s workforce . . . as cruelly as possible

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Once again, let’s take a look at an Elon Musk missive. This time he’s laying off 10% of Tesla’s salaried workers. Here’s the internal email, according to CNBC: To: EverybodySubject: Headcount ReductionDate: Friday, June 3, 2022 Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10% as we have become overstaffed in many areas. Note this does … Continued

How committed are you?

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There’s an old riddle that goes like this: In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, what’s the difference in the roles of the chicken and the pig? Answer: The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. Poor pig. It’s a freakin’ job It used to be that managers — especially startup managers — wanted to be sure … Continued

What’s wrong (and right) with Elon Musk’s emails banning remote work?

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Elon Musk sent his staff two blunt emails requiring them to work in the office, not remotely. His tone was bold. His meaning was clear. But his policies aren’t going to get him what he wants — especially if he ends up applying them to his next acquisition, Twitter. What Musk Wrote Musk sent his … Continued

Lessons of Theranos

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I’m halfway through listening to the audiobook of John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. It’s an interesting time to be learning about this company, as Theranos’s CEO Elizabeth Holmes was just convicted of lying to investors. I’ve helped launch or participated in my share of startups and been briefed … Continued