Monthly Archives: September 2013


In America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA looks for high tech advantage

Great article on Asim Khan, the New Zealander in charge of IT for Oracle Team USA.

Especially these quotes.

So how did Khan end up in such an interesting job? By accident, it turns out. He said he had “no interest in sailing whatsoever”

“The fact that they’re world famous sailors is really by-the-by to me,” he said.

I love us IT guys.  Always one of the more honest departments in a firm. Most of us just want to get the stuff working and move onto the next problem. We aren’t that interested in the actual users at all (and clearly the feeling can be rather mutual) !


Careers guidance in schools not working well enough

Awesome. 4 in 5 uk state secondary schools supplying ineffective career advice and guidance to their students.

This report came out over a week ago but thats ok, the press are more concerned with Liz Hurley not wearing her engagement ring.

Definitely confirms to me that its up to us parents, to really help our children into their respective careers.  The earlier the better.

And one thing on the actual Ofsted report. This looks like to me its a one off report on 50 unsuspecting schools.  Why is career guidance not a regularly tested metric when Ofsted test individual schools?


Why Being Awesome At School Can Make You Terrible At Work

Last 2 paragraphs should be mandatory reading for all children.

“The question, then, is how to develop that differentiation.

With a breadth of experience: As Steve Jobs used to say, a lot of it comes through the things that you’ve lived through: the more varied the bag of experiences that you’re walking around the world with, the better you can relate to colleagues and customers–and those connections create value.

With a depth of understanding: Let’s go back to that media company example, since we can’t help but gaze at our own navels. If we recognize that our organization has a gaping need–like analytics now or social media two years ago–then we want to develop a competency in that systemic incompetency.

But since no one at the company knows how to do it and you can’t exactly go back to grad school while you’re working, you’ll need to get non-institutional. Luckily, you don’t need to go back to school; as Kio Stark might say, school doesn’t have a monopoly on learning. And the cultivated autodidact will find ways to get at that skill development–it’s all a part of cultivating unstoppability, every day.”


What If Schools Graded on Character?

What a fantastic article.  When you think about what kind of people you want to work with, you want to work not only with people who are good at their job, but you want to work with decent and honest people.  You can have all the technical ability in the world but its worth nought if you aren’t a good team player.