• You're not leading when...

    Reading some of the many books on leadership that are out there, you get a picture of how it should look like when you're leading. But are you also aware of how it looks when you're not in the lead? You better are, because your subordinates certainly do.

    Jon Ferguson made an insightful list in his blog article

    You know you are not leading when...:

    • You wait for someone to tell you what to do rather than taking the initiative yourself
    • You spend too much time talking about how things should be different
    • You blame the context, surroundings, or other people for your current situation
    • You choose not to speak the truth in love
    • You are more concerned about being cool or accepted than doing the right thing
    • You seek consensus, rather than casting vision for a preferable future
    • You aren't taking any significant risks
    • You accept status quo as the way it's always been and always will be
    • You start protecting your reputation instead of opening yourself up to opposition
    • You sleep a little too sound
    • You procrastinate to avoid making a tough call
    • You talk to others about the problem rather than taking it to the person responsible
    • You don't feel like your butt is on the line for anything significant
    • You think what you say doesn't matter
    • You ask for way too many opinions before taking action

    In short: You're appointed the leader, so act like one. You'll not be judged on your preparations but on your results.

  • Just watched the new Star Trek

    Because Carolin participates in the YCW meetup with Amalia, I can spend the weekend on my own. After cleaning the apartment and doing some laundry, I spent the evening at the movies.

    I haven’t been to a cinema for almost two years and Star Trek was the best choice to end that time.

    The film brought many smiles to my face. I’d like to thank J. J. Abrams for an entertaining movie, Leonard Nimoy for gracing the movie with his dignity and Chris Pine for a convincing portayal of a young Kirk, Shatner-style.

    And thanks to my love Carolin for the courage to spend the weekend on her own, in a tent with a baby that needs a lot of care, giving me the opportunity to go out without a bad conscience.

  • Just watched the new Star Trek

    Because Carolin participates in the YCW meetup with Amalia, I can spend the weekend on my own. After cleaning the apartment and doing some laundry, I spent the evening at the movies.

    I haven’t been to a cinema for almost two years and Star Trek was the best choice to end that time.

    The film brought many smiles to my face. I’d like to thank J. J. Abrams for an entertaining movie, Leonard Nimoy for gracing the movie with his dignity and Chris Pine for a convincing portayal of a young Kirk, Shatner-style.

    And thanks to my love Carolin for the courage to spend the weekend on her own, in a tent with a baby that needs a lot of care, giving me the opportunity to go out without a bad conscience.

  • Shooting closeups with the iPhone

    If you've tried to do short distance photos with the iPhone, you know that it can't focus any more if the item is only a few centimetres away. I noticed this shortcoming when I had the idea to photograph all my collected business cards and make them searchable in Evernote. Their OCR just couldn't make sense of those blurry letters.

    But I've found a solution. The Griffin Clarify case not only protects my iPhone from hits and scratches, but also adds a lens that I slide over the camera window when I'm going to do closeup shots.

    With the Clarify, I've got rid of all business cards. I now can search for a name on Evernote and get a sharp photo of the card back.

    Goodbye Rolodex. Hello iPhone.

  • I am a Geek

    geek, n.: A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and
    new media. Geeks are adept with computers, and use the term hacker in a
    positive way, though not all are hackers themselves. A person who has chosen
    concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill and
    imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. (Wikipedia)

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    Dear fellow geeks, join the Society for Geek Advancement!