Category Archives: Management Thoughts

(Pretend to) Learn Cooking

Among corporate team building themes, cooking is a popular one: everyone must eat (and drink) anyway, the skills involved are manageable, everyone can contribute and must collaborate, and it is not really work related. There are also many professionally trained … Continue reading

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The Lenovo Screw-up

Someone recommended “Losing the Signal” for me to read. Put simply, it chronicled the Blackberry screw-up. I am witnessing the same for Lenovo now. It has been the workhorse laptop of corporations for decades. IBM made the most reliable and … Continue reading

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The Cost of Knowing

You came down with a headache and a fever. You took a couple of Tylenol, drank a big glass of water, went to bed, and the headache and fever were gone when you woke up. Are we done? Some have … Continue reading

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Musician and Butcher

He loves music since childhood. He went through vigorous trainings and entered a renowned music academia. Upon graduation, as life had it, he became a butcher. Decades ensued. Now he is a middle-aged and successful butcher. He has a happy … Continue reading

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How to do Beta?

To have high enough confidence that the product will be good enough. When company thinks they are done with the development of a new product, be it a new car, kitchen detergent, lipstick, or a piece of software. They would … Continue reading

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Should I try to become a CS major?

Got a question from a frosh in UCLA. It turned into an email conversation. Q: As of right now, I am studying Math/Econ, but I was also considering pursuing Computer Science along with math because I feel like it is … Continue reading

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Vaccination Decision

I have a very strong position on this question. But this blog is not about the medical merits of vaccination. It is about risk assessment and decision making. We human beings are not capable of evaluating very small probabilities. For … Continue reading

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SuperBowl Decision

Yes, I was shocked. Why would Pete Carroll make that play call and lost SuperBowl 49 for SeaHawks? Wouldn’t it be obvious to use the “Beast” to punch through Patriot’s wall and score the game winning touch-down? What was he … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Better Email at Work

For 2015, try this for resolution: “Always edit your email at least once.” And its corollary, “Never send out email right after writing it.” Have an informative signature text that includes your full contact data. Avoid Latin quotes, political or … Continue reading

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Employee Turn-Over

Employees leave for greener pastures all the time. I learned a couple of the ex-employees quickly left where they went for: Amazon. They were starry-eyed to join this prominent employer in Seattle. “That’s not surprising at all,” said someone at … Continue reading

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