Archive for November, 2009

CEO – What it is?

CEO traitsMost of us want to open a business someday and be his own CEO. But do we have the traits of excellence CEOs? Here’s 5 traits that most successfull CEOs have:

1. Personal insight.
Great CEOs are great leaders. They know themselves and what they stand for. They have been called on all their lives as problem solvers because others know them to be fair and impartial. People respect their opinions and look to them for guidance. Great CEOs are mature as people. They can suffer disappointment more gracefully than others and give others credit for their achievements. They don’t come in the office door yelling for something they need. They aren’t as concerned about titles or power structures as they are about the welfare of those who work at the company. They are trustworthy because they’ve always been honest with people and have earned that trust. They care about families, and they know that people are more important than dollars and express it in their actions every day. Finally, great CEOs seek out feedback. They want to know how others see them so that they can understand themselves better and continue to grow as people. They also want feedback about the company from an employee perspective, and they use surveys as a starting point for creating a dialogue to make things better.

2. Resourcefulness.
Great CEOs seem to have boundless energy. They come to work with the greatest enthusiasm. Even when they don’t feel like it, they find ways to reenergize themselves and come in ready to go. They take good care of themselves physically and emotionally so that they can be there for the employees and the needs of the company. They give much more than they take every day. They don’t give up. If the wall is too high, they back down and find another way around. They don’t blame, but they do look for solutions to problems so that those problems are less likely to happen again.

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Software as a Service – Selling by design

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In Software-as-a-service(SaaS) business, your advantages are also your disadvantages. We always hear about instant deployment, pay as you go, no contract, no initial cost and no server required. All of those seems good to customers but for software developers, it means one thing, the customers can leave as fast as they came.

One solution to this problem is to make the customers fall in love with your application. You can do this by designing your application for your users. In developers world, it’s called – usability.

There are hundreds of books on this topic. Tutorials and tips are everywhere. If you want to just read a single post about usability for your lifetime, read this:

Five More Principles Of Effective Web Design

From an 80-year old principle of AIDA to modern eye heat display, Smashing Magazine explores the way to make the web a more pleasant place to work and play. (heh, surprising good rhyme)

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Son of Electronic Printer

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Have you ever wondered about where did popular brand and company name come from? For example, BAPE or Bathing Ape comes from a Japanese saying, “A Bathing Ape In Lukewarm Water”, which refers “to the young generation being spoiled, pampered and too complacent.”

Or Epson is actually derived from “Son of Electronic Printer”. Funny

Get a whole list of intriguing etymologies from wiki

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