• Word fehlt offenbar eine gute Grammatikprüfung

    Die neue Anzeigenwerbung für Microsoft Forefront ist lustig, aber in zweifelhaftem Deutsch verfasst:

    Denn das sind Experten und können Ihnen vielleicht helfen.

    Manchmal wirken Relativsätze Wunder. Denn das sind ergänzende Nebensätze, die Ihnen vielleicht helfen können.

    Stehlen Sie den Zündschlüssel vom Raumschiff.

    Aber erkundigen Sie sich vorher, wem sein Raumschiff es eigentlich ist!

    Versuchen Sie zu verhandeln.

    Fragen Sie zum Beispiel, ob man Ihnen nicht mit ein paar Kommata aushelfen könnte.

    Erfahren Sie mehr und informieren Sie sich, wie Unternehmen, beispielsweise der internationale Flughafen Wien, Forefront zur Sicherung Ihrer Systeme einsetzen.

    Der Flughafen Wien soll sich gefälligst aus der Sicherung meiner Systeme raushalten.

  • Quote of the day

    Unvariedly, I'm all for a speaking interdiction in trains before 10, at least on work days.

    Markus Kniebes, deep-resonance

  • Quote of the day

    Kamps[1] is the IKEA of bread.

    Don Dahlmann, Irgendwas ist ja immer

    fn1. A big bakery chain in Germany

  • Another 2 tips to get Twitter on your cellphone for free

    Om Malik just published his three tips over on Web Worker Daily But while I found the new Twitter Mobile website a nice compromise for small screens, I don't think RSS feeds are the best alternative. Having to subscribe to every single one of all my Twitter friends' feeds is just too much effort for me. I think you should rather look for solutions that work with your original friend list.

    Here are my suggestions:

    First, there's always the IM channel. So, if you own a smartphone that has some Instant Messaging Software available (AFAIK that's at least true for S60, Windows Mobile and Palm), you can receive and send tweets this way.

    And if you really want to get fancy, get a specialised Twitter software for mobile phones. If your phone is J2ME capable, you could try out Twitteresce, for example.

    At the moment, I use Twitteresce and the Twitter Mobile website in turns to find out which suits me better. What's your favourite way of accessing Twitter when you're out under the big, yellow, evil ball?

  • My leadership principles

    Over the years, I've collected several principles that I find important for my management work. I consider myself a successful leader and my success is based in part on those principles. I tried to write down every recurring theme that you can find in my thinking and acting as a manager. This list is the result.

    h2. I lead by example.

    • Working and being happy aren't mutually exclusive.
    • My decisions are transparent and based on the situation, not only on rules.
    • I am loyal to my staff and to the company (in that order).
    • I only commit to what I can deliver.
    • I adhere to commitments. If I see a problem doing so, I'll tell in time.
    • I practise and expect honesty, timeliness, diligence and creativity.

    h2. I depend on my team.

    • I trust that my directs have both the qualification and determination to create the best solutions.
    • I need my team to help me fulfil my responsibilities, so I'll do everything to help them kick ass.
    • Every team member can claim some my time immediately.
    • If there's a way of improving our communication, I'll give it a try.
    • Everyone makes mistakes. The team will straighten them out. (So try not to repeat them.)
    • I give and accept feedback on a regular schedule.

    h2. I use my resources efficiently.

    • I do things consequently or not at all.
    • I join meetings in time. If other people don't, I'll feel free to leave for more important things.
    • I won't listen to problem descriptions that don't come with a suggested solution.

    h2. I set goals for myself and my staff.

    • Everyone in the team knows my goals.
    • I stipulate clear goals with every team member.
    • I have a development plan for myself and every team member.
    • It is up to the employees to reach their development milestones, not mine.

    I'm certainly not perfect in adhering to all of those principles all the time. But I take them very seriously. If I find something missing from the list, I'll update it.

    And I'm interested in your thoughts -- what are the secrets of your or your bosses success?