Easy benchmarking

An easy albeit crude way of finding out how your company is doing as compared to its competitors, is using www.alexa.com to find out how many visitors frequent your company’s web-site.

In the information economy where the internet rules the roost, I think how many people actually are interested in knowing about your company is a pretty decent indicator on how its doing.

Where is my industry going?

I think a very important part of planning one’s career and life is to monitor where the industry is going. Doing so can provide valuable insights that could help answer questions like:

Am I going to be out of work in the near future?
Is the industry going to take a dip making things more competitive in the job market?
Can my company survive a dip?
Is my industry looking up? Is it a good time for me to take a leap?

And tons of others.

Polite can do it to

Ever been in a situation where you can’t really tolerate someone or something but don’t know how to get your feelings across without making it sound mean/embarrassing.

I was at the barbers yesterday and it hit me. There is a way. A nice and subtle way. Depending on the nature of the problem, find an appropriate solution and gift it. e.g. Buy a perfume(stinking problem) or a gift card from one of the most expensive hair dressers in town(inappropriate hair-do problem).

Don’t make it obvious. Make it casual. e.g. I bought one for myself and thought you’d love it too.

A lesson from the pirate

Yesterday I saw the “Pirates of the Caribbean: At world’s end”. I loved it. It was nice. I would say, it was better than the first two.

The one thing that I learnt from Jack Sparrow yesterday was how to live a carefree life. Well, not that we can or should live as carefree a life as our pirate friend but to an extent we should be doing that. Being able to, to some extent, adopt the “nothing to lose” attitude is the key to being able to live in the present without pondering about the past and fretting about the future.

Make sense?