Posts tagged: effectiveness

Book reviews: The Effective Executive; It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be; Liar’s Poker

By , December 10, 2011 3:02 am
The Effective Executive - Peter F. Drucker

The Effective Executive – Peter F. Drucker


A classic work by the father of modern management science, this book is the first to distinguish effectiveness from efficiency, and identify principles of management.

While named "The Effective Executive", the book does not only discuss management of subordinates, but also management and enhancing effectiveness of one’s self.

This book is pragmatic, authoritative, definitive, and compelling. The author gets to the points without unnecessary narration and defensive techniques usually found in management texts.

Despite being completed in 1966, the wisdom from the book is still relevant today, free of fads and jargons. This timeless book is to last. I give the book a full five star.

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be - Paul Arden

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden


A powerful book, "It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be" tells different stories from the experience of the author as a manager from his creative firm.

Each chapter starts with a short and acute mantra, accompanying stories, and morals behind the stories.

The language used in the book is heart-touching and persuasive. The stories are kept short and straight-forward while not any less inspiring.

The book is very well crafted with art works, illustration, brilliant use of colors, typography choice, and white spaces.

Overall, this is a good read for everyone, not only restricted in the creative industry. I give the book five star.

Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis

Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis


Writing a review for "Liar’s Poker" was not an easy job for me due to the complexity of attitude and emotions I was going through during and after reading the book.

The book reflects an important stage in history of Wall Street – the road to glorious domination and subsequent demise of Salomon Brothers. The saga sets off two entities: the financial instrument (mortgage-backed securities) and its creators.

The complexity of emotions I mentioned arose from enjoying being entertained by the sharp wit of the author, mixed with a drive on a solemn quest to deduce applicable lessons from the experience. It’s easy to be entertained and then sneer about the jokes, but it’s tough how to move things forward post-illumination.

I’m curious what you will personally share after reading this book.

Google Book Search makes way to horizontal expansion

By , April 25, 2009 7:14 pm

A quick review of this article on Boingboing.

As search result becomes relevant to users need and free preview is provided, Google Book Search will soon become the destination of many book readers.

Soon, Google can take advantage of this and allow searchers to actually purchase the books online directly from Google search results.

In terms of business, this makes way for Google to enter e-commerce and even distribution.

If they do, Google has not and will not compete with portal sites like Amazon, but will go from their core competency: search.

Respectively, competition against Google will not be by search, but on other territories that Google has yet dominated, such as virality and social recommendations.

Mind Map: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By , May 4, 2008 4:16 am

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Inside-out Effectiveness from an English lesson

By , January 31, 2008 2:22 am

The Word form English lesson

English is not my native language, so I learn it my whole life.

From the lesson of word form, I learned that

  • Verb is the most effective form
  • Noun and noun phrase come next
  • Adjective is less direct

For example:

  • “The Beatles influenced many subsequent rock bands.” is more effective than
  • “The Beatles was an influence on many subsequent rock bands.” which in turn is more effective than
  • “The Beatles was influential on many subsequent rock bands.”

In a grammar test, the using of word form should be considered for effectiveness of the options given. Noun form, though commonly used, must give way to its verb counterpart in these test of standard.

How Verb is stronger

Maybe more than once you have heard a complaint about life. “My life has not been good lately…” and such. The fact is, these people may forget that they Live their Lives: they do their jobs, perform their roles, fulfill their missions. Their Lives are shaped by these actions. Reactive people accept the conditions placed upon them. Proactive ones, on the other hand, seize opportunities from challenges, and set things right.

The root is Live (verb). Life (the noun) is the product of the Action.

So if one takes the responsibility to Do and focuses more on Verb side, s/he is getting stronger toward achieving effectiveness.

Mapping to individuals

character, personality, interpersonal

From the core inside, it’s what we Do (Verb) that shape our character. We commit, we response, we empathize, we love.

Character is reflected on the surface as personality by Nouns. We have commitment, responsibility, empathy, love.

Outermost is the interpersonal level, where we are usually described by others as committed, responsible, empathetic, lovable.

In conclusion, the root of all is what we take the responsibility to act upon.

5 ways to build effective Wikis

By , December 6, 2007 12:15 am

Simply Wiki

Wiki is a platform that allow anyone to quickly edit web pages. Repeat after me: anyone & quick.

I doubt that you don’t know Wikipedia. Yes, it is the most successful Wiki instance today.

To know more of Wiki, please see the following video:

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Potential problems with Wikis


The fact that information can be quickly edited by anyone is the primary reason why wikis grow like weeds instead of carefully tended gardens.

Large scale wikis become chaotic and disorganized

Multiple collaboration means no one owns anything — organization comes from someone having a vested interest to organize and maintain.

Information is hard to navigate consistently because there is no unifying vision to the structure.

Large scale wikis turn into a flat hierarchy of documents with no hierarchy.

Information transfer

It is hard to import information into a wiki from other sources.

It is hard to export information out of wikis (eg: RSS feeds).

5 ways to build effective Wikis

1. Make it Search-intelligent

Make URLs human-readable permalinks

Navigation clues

2. Manage Version Control

Version control for every change

Rollbacks of edits

Notifications, watch lists and logs

Discussions of changes

3. Enable Information Management

Refactor and maintain information

Document management: attachments (documents, images, media…) should be treated the same as pages when it comes to search and version control.

Provide import/export functionalities to standard-compliant format (XML).

4. Build an Organization that best supports

Wikis are not built to be used in top-down organizational hierarchy. However, all-are-equal model lurks serious problems. Click here to read more of the story…

We shall see if Larry Sanger’s experiment of Citizendium will make it more effective.

5. Develop a Process

Building Wikis is one activity of knowledge management. Knowledge management process should be developed, especially in tightly-organized groups, to support this.


Wikis are effective if built and managed the right way, and let’s.

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