All entries for November 2007

November 29, 2007

RE < C


Yesterday Google announced RE<C (Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal) which is its initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources wherein the aim is to make it cheaper than coal. I am happy to see big companies jumping on the green bandwagon since, considering the level of damage we are doing to this planet, every little bit helps. And considering the size of Google, its claim of pouring tens of million into R&D and possibly hundreds of million on investment to follow up doesn't seem too far fetched at all. However one would have to understand that even though Google's motto is "Don't Be Evil", there is just no way that it would be doing anything feel-good whilst not making tons of money from it. This is not to say that Google is not doing "good", in contrary, it is doing good and and the same time taking care of its "society results" with the image boost that will definitely come with this - What's not to like there?

So, in relations to academic matters, I believe Google will contribute a large chunk of case studies for my dissertation project which, apparently, is about renewable energy and its effect on the use of EFQM. It may not seem very clear at the very start how this will link to other elements in EFQM apart from "society results" but I hope it will be come clear as I dig deeper into the subject matter.

PS. Want to save the earth the easy way? Try Blackoogle. Blackoogle saves energy due to its prodominantly black screen. An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts. Taking that Google has roughly  200 million queries a day and the page is displayed for 10 seconds,  we are talking about a power saving of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day. Talk about little things in life!

November 27, 2007

Here's To The Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some see them as the crazy ones,
We see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world,
Are the ones who do.

(Apple's Think Different campaign in 1997)

This inspirational advertisement always pops up in my head eveytime I think about anything related to leadership. Maybe it is just because I am just an Apple fanboy wannabe who is under the influence of His Highness Steve Jobs' RDF - for those not in the know it stands for "Reality Distortion Field" - but I really believe he is an epitome of an excellent leader and his contribution to the company's success is evident throughout the world. This ad was a part of Jobs' campaign to resurrect Apple from its financial oblivian at the time of his second coming in 1997; Jobs founded Apple but later on was forced to leave his own company by the board of directors - read more about it here. Having gone from hero to zero in the early stage of his life and to actually come back and bring the company to where it is today is just remarkable. With regards to Paul's water bucket - Steve Jobs, in my humble opinion, has got one really big hand.

November 26, 2007

Leadership and The Art of Delegations

The CEO from Thailand that Paul mentioned about this morning reminds me of Cao Cao - one of the warlords in China's Three Kingdom era.

The art of using people, in my humble opinion, is at the core of leadership by any definition and Cao Cao's stance towards his men examplifies how it influences effective leadership.

Eagle and Tiger

"It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice." (Deng Hsaio P'ing)

This quote effectively summarises Cao Cao's delegations of his people where his view is that it matters not whether a person is a theif, a  disabled or even a murderer - as long as the person can help him archive his goal the person is worth using. Also worth mentioning is his analogy on different ways to treat different people. He ultimately compared his workforce into 2 distinct types - tiger and eagle. Cao Cao said that a tiger needs to be well fed and always have full stomach so that it will not turn against the owner while an eagle is to be fed scarcely so that they will always obey and return to the owner and not fly away with full stomach. This idea may seems very simple but in practice it is very complex since human is neither eagle nor tiger. The key to this is to be able to determine whether a person is full or not.

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