Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces, Salvador Dali

Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces, Salvador Dali

Succinct and poignant in a way you can find only on Rands in Repose:

You remember those expectations we had of you? The impossibly high ones that we never told you about, but mostly just felt? Yeah, they were way off. In fact, our opinions of your ability appear to be way off. You appear to be just a regular old disappointing human. Those mistakes you keep making? We don’t know if you’re not getting it or what.

Most folks have figured it out by now. Figured what out, you ask? You know, the undefinable but very important ‘it’ that everyone else knows, but can’t explain it. You not getting ‘it’ is worrying us.
Michael Lopp

Everything in this company seems to go a little slower, not sure whether this is due to process, inertia or just plain old ‘Just another day at the office culture’, but starting my third month here, I think I am entering the Fall from Grace stage this month.

While they may not think of it as such – at least not consciously – there is no doubt that I went through the Bright and Shiny stage. Now to help them discover where my superpower lies.

Will I reach the Steady State any time soon?

The Fall from Grace


Rands on trust and management:

The topic of trust is where I draw a line in both my personal and management philosophy. My belief is that a team built on trust and respect is vastly more productive and efficient than the one where managers are distant supervisors and co-workers at 9-to-5 people you occasionally see in meetings. You’re not striving to be everyone’s pal; that’s not the goal. The goal is a set of relationships where there is a mutual belief in each other’s the reliability, truth, ability, and strengths.

The problems with authors like Rands is that every single post is a hit. Check this latest one out… now!

Management Based on Trust

Real Life, Tumbling

Rands explains the importance of making the desired candidate feel wanted. Both to make sure the candidates becomes the ‘new hire’ but also because every great hire is a new award for your own career:

If you’re hiring well, you’re hiring people not just for this job, but for your career. These are the people who, for better or worse, will explain to others what it is like to work with you. They’ll explain your quirks, your weaknesses, and your strengths. When they eventually leave the group, they’re taking your reputation with them. You may never talk to them again, but they’ll continue to talk and my question is: what stories are they going to tell?

One of the most important things to make this double-edged sword highly successful is to assure that the employees still feels wanted after joining; the hire is an important pilar of the department.
How long does it take you to settle in a new job? That period is arguably even more important than the actual ‘chase’; it’s when the new hire grows roots.

On Hiring People; Making People Feeling Wanted

That's Me

Almost A Manual Of Me

I am tempted to entitle Michael Lopp (Rands In Repose) ‘Best Blogger All Times’.

But probably only for nerds and Las Vegas fans. If you’ve never read Las Vegas Guide, start here. It’s an absolute must to read this. Even if you think knowing Vegas.

Rands had already earned the respect of every nerd years ago, with his Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder essay.

Folks, I’m a nerd. I need rapid fire content delivery in short, clever, punch phrases. Give me Coupland, give me Calvin’n’Hobbes, give me Asimov, give me The Watchmen. I need this type of content because I’m horribly afflicted with NADD.

Folks, this isn’t multi-tasking. This is advanced case of Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder. I am unable to function at my desktop unless I’ve got, at least, five things going on at the same time. If your count came close, you’re probably afflicted, as well. Most excellent.

And his latest essay, The Nerd Handbook, is another winner.

Your nerd lives in a monospaced typeface world. Whereas everyone else is traipsing around picking dazzling fonts to describe their world, your nerd has carefully selected a monospace typeface, which he avidly uses to manipulate the world deftly via a command line interface while the rest fumble around with a mouse.
The reason for this typeface selection is, of course, practicality. Monospace typefaces have a knowable width. Ten letters on one line are same width as ten other letters, which puts the world into a pleasant grid construction where X and Y mean something.

The ability to instantly context switch also comes from a life on the computer. Your nerd’s mental information model for the world is one contained within well-bounded tidy windows where the most important tool is one that allows your nerd to move swiftly from one window to the next. It’s irrelevant that there may be no relationship between these windows. Your nerd is used to making huge contextual leaps where he’s talking to a friend in one window, worrying about his 401k in another, and reading about World War II in yet another.

Oh, go read it yourself! NOW!.

Personally, I am still ignoring the facts: I’m no nerd! And I will never be.

But hardly anyone is as quotable as Rands In Repose. And it’s weirdly annoying to realize, admit, how often I can just hold hands up, reading Rands’s essays. Even though I don’t like toys and gadgets. Well not your typical nerd toys/gadgets. :D

In the meanwhile, until I accept the truth… I’ll just look forward to another truth. One I fondly agree with.

As a side note: People can be relevant. As long as they trip the relevancy flag. When, we’ll engage heart and soul. The right person probably is the relevancy flag impersonated. ;-)

Edit: After re-reading it once more, I luckily am glad that my social skills ARE better than portrayed in the essay. When the other people deserve my attention.
Edit 2: The title of this entry, Someone Just Wrote A Manual Of Me, really disturbed me. Some points in the entry are totally not me, mainly the social skills factor. I edited the title.