Monthly Archives: August 2018

Stone face

What was the real facial expression of the model for this? Or as it made purely from designer/makers imagination? Btw this is a huge stone sculpture, much higher than me. And many of them around the old sites in Cambodia.

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I keep getting some requests to include some strangers in my Facebook account. Some of them with a picture like this. Can’t say that it’s a copy of my picture, since this is a popular tourist spot.

I’m really sorry if anyone sees my blog and then goes to my Facebook or other social media and requests to join. I am definitely not a social media marketer. So my connections are really really small. Even when occasionally it includes someone I don’t know personally. And here is a secret – I keep telling people I am quite hopeless in using these new social media comms programs, but nobody believes me. Is that funny or is that embarrassing.\

Certification and Certification

The past decade has seen a proliferation of certification programmes. Some are better and some are ****.

There was a time when I had friends who sought out any and every certificate they can collect.

I think there is a slowing down. One reason is the economic recession that makes people and employers more careful where they put their money. Another is the realisation that jobs depend on more substantive life things than just certificates.

Certificates are still useful. Hey, I still make a part of my living in putting on certification courses. At least the few that I believe in and am qualified to do. But you better be good in the subject that you are certified in. The days of hiding behind waffles and colleagues are gone. You may be the only person handling an important responsibility and having several jobs to do.

I think the days of getting jobs based on certificates of subject matter that one has no knowledge, beyond the exams questions is largely over. And that’s a good thing, for employers and also for genuine training providers and certification bodies’ reputation.

Hmmm….. do you smell a fish? Or is the fish going to bite you?

Is this business vs technical people in organisations still there?

There seems to be a continuous conflict between the business side people and the technical side people of the same organisation. While most people do see it as a problem, it is not really so. The two sides need different minds and attitudes to perform well in their respective jobs. (Though here we are simplifying things a lot since it is usually not so straightforward to place everybody in an organisation in either camp).

The flowing diagram illustrates the issue. It may be two or more, or less points of common views, but there will always be ;positions and views that are different. These stress points need proper management because otherwise, when one side makes all the decisions without taking into consideration the other sides views, then things will be inefficient and the organisation will perform far below its potential.

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The Business-Technical link and distance