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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:01 pm    Post subject: In defense of oneself

There's people out there that would profit greatly, both in human relations and in a business sense, by reading (and comprehending!) this:

http://www.paulgraham.com/gh.html

...but I'm not holding my breath. But, beating dead horses has become a habit of mine, so why stop now?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:04 am    Post subject:

Amen, now if 90% of the populace would actually *read* such articles, we might be in business. In the mean time I still have people wanting to put me to work like the cashier at my local grocery store.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:56 am    Post subject:

Well, it's the same problem with all common sense; either you have it or you don't. People appreciating the value of articles like these for real day-to-day management already have what it takes not to behave like idiots. People who need to understand texts like this, usually go "Cripes, how boring! I almost fell asleep after the second paragraph!", while completely missing the point. The more they should pay attention, the less they do. Just as in real life. (I was actually hoping to see who would respond with that exact text, but now I've spoiled the game.)

There's another, similar, phenomenon I find particularly amusing, namely who is reading Dilbert or not. The managers who read it and find it amusing are almost always the ones most similar to the PHB. There was one strip in which the pointed-haired-boss read a Dilbert strip and didn't recognize himself in it. I once showed that strip to a boss of mine (long ago) and he found it very funny. Didn't see the recursion at all. (That particular boss, by the way, was the best one of the lot I've had, though, and I didn't try that particular strip on the other guys. I feared for the result.)
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