I was watching a little video on CNN that talked about the rising cost of medical care in the United States. One of the phrases that captured my attention was “defensive medicine“. Essentially defensive medicine is the idea that if you run another test, get another opinion, you will be insulated from lawsuits or at least minimize the damage of a lawsuit. The doctor knows the test is useless but does it anyway for purely defensive reasons.
A capsule hotel (??????? kapuseru hoteru), also known as a pod hotel, is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require or who cannot afford the services offered by more conventional hotels.
One of the key things to keep in mind is the idea that this is intended to be for “basis overnight accommodation“, not a long term stay. In the business world there is a similar concept called “hoteling“, but some companies completely screw it up. Continue reading “Hoteling”
I was driving home from work and a car in front of me went from the right lane to the middle lane, to the left lane and turned, all in the space of twenty meters. I was quite surprised at how late the person was at understanding that they needed to be in the left lane. A couple of blocks later someone else did the same thing. Closer to home? From the left to the right lane and turned but they forced the bus to stop as they weren’t really in the right lane at all when they turned.
So I talked last week about how Accenture shared its knowledge internally over twenty years ago. They still share knowledge today, but this time externally as well. For example, “The Employee You Can’t Afford To Lose“. While the report is focused on high tech companies, the concepts hold true for pretty much every type of company.
People are leaving the old-fashioned company and are going to the newer companies
Once they leave they rarely come back
People of all ages are leaving, not just the GenX or Millenials
I’m going to use a sensitive word here and I apologize, but the word is, in many respects, appropriate. Sometimes organizations, not just people, can be considered a bully. The Alberta Government has a variety of resources online that talk about bullying, but let’s go back to the definition of bullying:
use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants
For decades there has been an ongoing debate within IT as to whether or not something should be centralized or decentralized. And every few years the pendulum swings one way or another forcing people to constantly change how their organization works. So I’m here to settle the debate as to whether or not you should be centralized or decentralized.