Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The mini-stadium can seat only 6,000 Lego people — that's thanks to issues of scale, not Janssen's work. As he said on the show, Lego people are not to scale, "they are pretty wide for their height."
I have a new appreciation for Lego building and what it entails after helping my young boys put together several Lego construction projects. This man really dedicated himself.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
“Boy, the showers in Heathrow airport just don’t compare to the ones in Honk Kong’s first class lounges.”
“I wonder if there’s a higher status than Executive Platinum these days. I must be getting there with all the miles I’ve flown this year.
“Sao Paulo and Santiago are just way too smoggy during the rainy season.”
“Mumbai was so crowded last week when I was there that I could barely hear myself think.”
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This is mainly a re-shuffling of resources already at the executive level. A lot of good talent has left or been sent packing from Citi and Uncle Vik is trying to placate private shareholders now that he is out from under the government's thumb so to speak. Uncle Vik has praised John Havens as one of the principle levers in the turnaround of the firm. My question is, what turnaround? The stock (C) is still hovering around the four and a half dollar mark and I personally have been waiting years for it to go anywhere close to where it once was when Citi was the venerable money making machine of the past.
Contrary to my take, Prince Alaweed of Saudi Arabia, a very prominent Citi private shareholder, praises Pandit for his work thus far.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I would consistently cross paths with people who would talk in these unfathomable cliches and who were typically highly regarded within the organization. Such people were the inspiration for several of my MOTWs, (Manager of the Week) including this one, this one and this one, among others.
The one thing the article fails to mention which I noticed happened in the company I worked for was what I would call the word of the moment. This was a phenomenon whereupon some word would come into vogue in the company and suddenly that word would be thrown around in conference calls, meetings, presentations, etc, by people wanting to sound important and in the know.
One such example was the word "robust." This word mysteriously appeared in the company's lexicon and suddenly became ubiquitous, being thrown around at all times, such as, "Our product needs to be as robust as possible" or "That model is simply not robust enough to present to senior management" or "Our talent management process needs to be more robust."
And just like that, being robust was a requirement for everything until a new word du jour came along and robust became passe. How long it took to become passe was predicated by the seniority of the people using the word. The more senior the people using it the longer it took to fade away, but eventually it would and a new word would take its place.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"I am updating our files, are you Hispanic or white?"
I honestly did not know how to answer. I am descended from Hispanic parents and I am also white. I asked, "Can I be both?"
"I don't know," she answered, "There are two separate boxes."
"Well, what are you?" I asked.
""I'm Hispanic," she replied.
"But what color is you skin," I asked.
"White," she answered.
"That's just like me, so pick whichever box or boxes you like."
"I am going to tick both boxes for you," she said.
"OK, thank you," I responded.
I guess that day, at the doctor's office, I was both.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"Have sex with anything that moved," was his answer, (although his language put it a bit more coarsely than that as I seem to recall him dropping the f-bomb) and then he inquired, "Why, what would you do?"
I looked at him and replied, "I would keep perfectly still."
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
The posturing by the lead singer, Tomaz Cor, is a bit of a satire on the pop star, Jan Plestenjak, whose songs these are. By all accounts he considers himself a bit of a ladies man. I hope his sense of humor is well developed too. Enjoy and happy Friday.