http://www.slowleadership.org – The name of the site may give the wrong impression initially, but I love the stuff that is showing up here – there is a constant stream of good practices to use, keep in mind, etc… – my blog queue has grown huge and this site is one of the reasons – every time I read an article – I’m like – this would be handy for us to remember at Intel. So this will be my blog purge of the Slow Leadership articles that I have run across lately
- Work Life Balance – http://www.slowleadership.org/2006/09/fads-fashions-and-worklife-balance.html – work/life balance is about who we really are (our values) and less about programs etc…
- Work is not the end simply a means, but the world is rapidly losing sight of that – http://www.slowleadership.org/2006/09/leisure-is-meaning-of-work.html
- Adrenaline Junkies – http://www.slowleadership.org/2006/09/adrenaline-junkies.html – the basic premise is that those who believe they thrive on pressure and work best when under pressure are lying to you – the truth behind them is that they like the rush and so they consciously or unconsciously plan for the rush to have to happen. A personal comment here would be that adrenaline junkies inherently have a huge variance in their output.
- Short-termism – http://www.slowleadership.org/2006/09/short-termism.html – I have often criticized both in word and print actions at Intel as being short-termish. The current Efficiency effort would contend that it is decidely not short-termish and at this point I would say it is still up in the air as what it truly is – simply because it is not over and all the results are not known. – But for whatever is said the headcount actions in my mind have little bearing on the overall future results – sure it will save us money and lots of money if you believe the numbers (which I don’t – because I have talked to way too many Finance guys who talk about the reality of those kinds of numbers) – but you could have done that in a layoff really quick and been mostly right about where and what to cut. The key to whether the Efficiency effort is short termist or not is if they truly fix the decision making problems that Intel suffers from. Because let’s be honest – headcount cuts save money and will keep the financials looking good a little while longer – but if we don’t quit making the mistakes that have plagued us for the last 3 years we will find a way to eat up the extra savings (maybe by lost MSS) and be back to the same point.
- Whew – still more to go – here are several more without so much commentary from me