I watched them tearing a building down, A gang of men in a busy town. With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell, They swung the beams and the side walls fell. I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled, The kind you’d hire were you to build?” He laughed and said, “Why, no indeed! Just […]

The Hard Way is the Easy Way

“As a general rule, in prosperous societies we have been outsourcing more and more of the work that, a generation ago, was done “internally” in the home. It sounds almost quaint by comparison to life now, but in the modest neighborhood in which I grew up, there was a lot of work going on in […]

Software That Can’t Fail

I started working at Microsoft when I was 18 years old. It paid better than the landscaping job I was enjoying at the time. I didn’t know much about writing code, but I was fairly proficient with computers and wanted to learn more. There seemed to be a real opportunity to help make some great […]

Free and Independent

“It is often believed that people with different training have difficulty communicating because they have learned different specialist languages. But we have found a bigger problem – that they are actually trying to achieve different things. Different disciplines often have different core values, and have grown together as social groups precisely because of the shared […]

Fail Better

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett So many things in life focus on success, but that’s not even half of the story. Every success comes after a series of failures. For this reason your focus most of the time needs to be on properly responding to failure. At work, school, even concerned family […]