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Service

Two restaurants, today: #1 Took 10 minutes to come take my order. The employees seemed to avoid looking at the tables, but I finally managed to signal one. At one table farther inside the restaurant, there were five waiters (I assume they were waiters, as they where sporting the restaurant’s the uniform) engaging in relaxed […]

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Business

Workplace Serendipity

Centralization and transparency enable a kind of serendipity that can lead to breakthrough results.  For example, your lead programmer may come up with an innovative solution to the problem that’s been blocking the marketing people. But he can only do this if the marketing team has their discussions out in the open, not siloed inside […]

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Philosophy

What is the value of a moment?

What is useful is a subjective concept. It is possible to justify almost everything as useful in some manner. There are actions that are useful because they create value. For us, or for others. They result in tangible work. There are actions that don’t result in anything tangible. I once read about a man who […]

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Philosophy

The Binding

Creating something of value requires sacrifice. Whenever a pursuit produces admirable results – directing a hit movie, writing a book that changes lives, exploring an uncharted forest, climbing the world’s highest mountain, raising a child to be a good person, with talent and values ​… These results are paid in blood, sweat and tears. Behind […]

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Philosophy

Practice Playfully

It’s all about training and all the time, but it’s not all about the work. The craftsman keeps his tools sharp by enjoying yourself, something you could take into account in your own art – going back to having fun with it instead of constantly doing it out of responsibility and toward grand designs. Something […]