Month: September 2023

  • Messed-Up App of the Day: International Mail

    Messed-Up App of the Day: International Mail

    Yesterday, I sent a package to a friend in Europe. I had been procrastinating, because sending packages internationally is no fun. Here’s how it works: Three times data entry, and two of those by hand. …That’s rough.

  • Why I Chose Danny

    Why I Chose Danny

    In early 1999, I was a vice president at Oracle, standing at the back of an auditorium in Caesars Palace, watching the keynote speaker I had invited to a conference I had created. The conference was an employee-only event that assembled a few hundred of the top technical folks from Oracle divisions all over the…

  • The What and the Why of Being the Lowly Scribe

    The What and the Why of Being the Lowly Scribe

    In last week’s article about what and why, I used “notes-taker for today’s meeting” as an example of an assignment that an ambitious professional might consider disappointing. But is notes-taker really a demeaning assignment? Let’s investigate. I’ve been through this personally. I can remember it feeling, on the spectrum from “reward” to “punishment,” like punishment.…

  • And Two More Things

    And Two More Things

    In my recent Christmas story article, I mentioned that, to master a skill, there are three assets you need: knowledge, tools, and network. Actually, there are two more—making five in all—and they’re really important. I’ve learned and relearned them as an Oracle executive, as an entrepreneur, and as the coach of my 6-year-old son’s baseball club…