Quote of the Day — H. L. Mencken

“There is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

From: Wikiquote

Senior reflections

  1. The biggest lie I tell myself is … “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
  2. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!
  3. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet!
  4. I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks!
  5. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off!
  6. Old age is coming at a really bad time!
  7. Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the friends to post my bail when I finally snap!
  8. I don’t have gray hair. I have “wisdom highlights.” I’m just very wise.
  9. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
  10. Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.
  11. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
  12. The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please. I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.”
  13. I’m going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week.
  14. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid … but it can muffle the sound!
  15. Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
  16. Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
  17. At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

From: Wicked Thoughts

Quote of the Day — Jonathan Mead

“Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.”

From: Lifehack

Thoughts for the day

  1. I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.
  2. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.
  3. You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably pissed.
  4. Gone are the days when girls cooked like their mothers . Now they drink like their fathers.
  5. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone you’ve just met? That’s common sense leaving your body.
  6. I don’t like making plans for the day. Because then the word “premeditated” gets thrown around in the courtroom.
  7. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.
  8. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
  9. Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers. If you find one, what’s your plan?
  10. Everyone has a right to be stupid once in a while. Yet some just abuse the privilege.

From: Wicked Thoughts

Quote of the Day — Scott Meyer

“If you can’t do something right, call it something different.”

From: Basic Instructions

Quote of the Day — George Orwell

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

Quote of the Day — Paris Gray

When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus.

From: Mashable

Quote of the Day

“Impossible isn’t something that can’t be done. It’s just something that hasn’t been done before.”

From: Lifehack

Quote of the Day — Mandy Hale

“Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence.”

From: Lifehack

Quote of the Day — Vince Lombardi

“Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs.
Watch your beliefs, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.”

From: The American Spectator

Quote of the Day — Thomas Sowell

“Of course everything “works” by sufficiently low standards, and everything “fails” by sufficiently high standards.”

From: The American Spectator

Quote of the Day — Neils Bohr

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

From: The American Spectator

Quote of the Day — Socrates

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

From: association for project management

A good article about fear of reporting accurately.

Every company that I have ever worked at and every program I have ever ran struggles with one fundamental problem….”what does it mean to be in yellow status?”

I am a believer in transparency and will put the status of my projects to yellow if there are risks to the program. I personally think that going straight from green to red is a bad reflection on the project. But let me distinguish that I believe there are two types of yellow; (1) Risks that need to be raised for awareness but do not need attention and (2) Issues that require action or attention. It is important to manage expectations so people know which yellow you mean.

I think something is missing…

I know some corporate cultures are afraid of yellow (and red) because it results in lots of yelling and unwanted attention. I believe that this actually promotes a behavior of PMs not reporting issues, thinking that they can manage the issues themselves and then only reporting on them once they are really bad and beyond the point they can be fixed.

I also see people fall into the “I can handle it” mindset so they don’t want to report on items until they become a much bigger problem. Yellow should not be considered a bad thing but more of acknowledgement of risks or asking for help. If I was a senior leader, I would like to know that someone is aware of and monitoring these risks versus telling me it is green every week.

What do others think of reporting yellow status?

From: Adventures in Project Management

Quote of the Day

“Common sense is not a gift, it’s a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.”

From: Lifehack

Quote of the Day — William Feather

“The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.”

From: quantmleap

Quote of the Day — William Blake

“You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”

Quote of the Day — Jim Collins

“The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.”

From: quantmleap

Quote of the Day — Gerald Ford

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”

Actual employee evaluation comments

A useful list of evaluation comments for that difficult-to-evaluate employee.

  1. “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom…..and has started to dig.”
  2. “His men would follow him anywhere…but only out of morbid curiosity.”
  3. “I would not allow this employee to breed.”
  4. “This employee is really not so much of a ‘has-been’, but more of a definite ‘won’t be’.”
  5. “Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.”
  6. “When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.”
  7. “He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.”
  8. “This young lady has delusions of adequacy.”
  9. “He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.”
  10. “This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”
  11. “This employee should go far…and the sooner he starts, the better.”
  12. “Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.”
  13. “A gross ignoramus – 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.”
  14. “He certainly takes a long time to make his pointless.”
  15. “He doesn’t have ulcers, but he’s a carrier.”
  16. “I would like to go hunting with him sometime.”
  17. “He’s been working with glue too much.”
  18. “He would argue with a signpost.”
  19. “He has a knack for making strangers immediately.”
  20. “He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.”
  21. “When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.”
  22. “If you see two people talking and one looks bored…he’s the other one.”
  23. “A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.”
  24. “A prime candidate for natural deselection.”
  25. “Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.”
  26. “Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.”
  27. “Has two brains: one is lost and the other is out looking for it.”
  28. “If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.”
  29. “If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.”
  30. “If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the oceans.”
  31. “It’s hard to believe that he beat 1,000,000 other sperm to the egg.”
  32. “One neuron short of a synapse.”
  33. “Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.”
  34. “Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes.”
  35. “The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.”

From: The Blogannath Rolls On