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Sad news

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

On Friday, the voice of Tigger died. Then on Saturday, the voice of Piglet died.

[via meyerweb]

GTD desktop signal

Monday, June 27th, 2005

GTD Desk Signal thumbOne of the things I’ve found most challenging in my attempts to implement the Getting Things Done methodology is my annoying habit of tromping off into the land of Process/Organize/Review/Do while I’m supposed to be collecting (or any of the steps). To help myself remember what I’m trying to focus on, I made a little sign that I flip to the appropriate stage and leave in a prominent place on my desk. Here’s a PDF version of the file.

GTD_DESK_SIGNAL.pdf

If anyone is interested, I’d be happy to provide the original Illustrator file as well.

A kinder, gentler Stand Up Eight…

Friday, June 24th, 2005

So here I am making an attempt at yet another iteration of this weblog. This time I’m moving the hosting of the weblog to my own ISP as opposed to using the servers at the campus where I work. I feel more comfortable doing it this way because this weblog has always been a reflection of my personal and professional views, and it never felt quite right hosting such a vehicle on a work server.

Anyway, I’ll be working to import some of my old content here, but for now I’m somewhat refreshed by the blank slate before me.

Albright on Communication, Information and Negotiation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

[notes from article in CIO magazine, January 15, 2005]

Remember two things when negotiating:

  1. You have to know what it is you want. “You can’t go into a negotiation without clarity about what your objective is.”
  2. You must understand what the other person wants. You must try “to get into the other person’s shoes.” “If you don’t understand what they have to get out of it, you can’t figure out what steps they can take to give you what you want.”

Go into any negotiation as well-prepared as possible. If for some reason you don’t have enough information, make sure you listen first to understand the other person’s position.

If you have to deliver bad news, “deliver it straight”. Don’t allow any equivocation into your delivery and make sure your position is understood.

There are times when it is useful to have someone else present an idea that you both espouse. Give credit when credit is due.

When in a potentially unfriendly environment (e.g. a woman in a man’s world), don’t set yourself up as a victim. “If you set yourself up as a victim, you become a victim.” Remember who you are representing and develop a support network.

Sometimes you need to take the data that is given to you from multiple sources and “triangulate”–figure out where the meat is through a comparison of perspectives. Competing sources that disagree on the meaning of data are not a bad thing in and of themselves. There is potential good to be had from the competition.

Adding to Remind via Quicksilver

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

After reading about Remind and its various related apps on the 43folders site, I thought it was a natural fit for Marlin’s earlier tips about appending text with QuickSilver. When I tried to do this, however, I found that Quicksilver doesn’t display hidden files by default. I’m sure they are as ugly as ugly can be, but here are a couple of ways I hacked together to make it work: (you’ll need to read the above-mentioned links for the context of this comment)

1- Invoke Quicksilver and type in the line of text to send to Remind. (Typing a period after invoking brings up the text entry mode).

2- Hit tab and type APP to bring up the “Append to text” command.

3- Hit tab again, then to navigate to a hidden file, type the parent directory (in this case, your home directory, which is represented by the ~ character) then hold down the option key while pressing the right arrow (or /). This will list all of the contents of that directory. Since we’re after the .reminders file, you can type REM to select the file (if you type a period, you’ll go to text entry mode again) or navigate to the file with your arrow keys or [QS junkie shudder] using your mouse.

4- Hit enter and you’re done.

ALTERNATIVELY:

1- Navigate to your home folder in the terminal.

2- Create a link (alias) to the .reminders file by typing ln .reminders reminders.txt

This will create a visible file called reminders.txt that points to the invisible .reminders file used by Remind (somebody please yell at me if I’ve broken something by doing this…)


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