What we read in Dec 08

Happy New Year for 2009.

This is my first post for 2009 year after a good break. My resolution this year is to do my bit for energy conservation by increasing my own. By just losing some kilograms and getting fit hopefully that will reduce some of my ware and tear on the planets resources and cut the need for at least one larger seat on planes.

In 2009 I also plan to discontinue reading newspapers for information. In 2008 I found it hard to get balanced view of what is happening.  Global warming debate and the exploding financial crisis topped the list for December and it looks like the fact based but unhelpful financial news will be ongoing in 2009. But cynical views aside I have great respect for journalist who try to sort out and report facts. The problem is they as they see smoke it usually means fire so I guess the papers must stay. But this year I do want to find some positive albeit small way to contribute to resolving these big issues.

Check out what we read in December 2008

Blog of the 2008 Year Awards.

clip_image002Technically the awards are being decided January but we have been reading the contributors pieces in 2008. In the category of Best Science Blog if you want a good read on climate change and related nature issues have a look at “Watts Up With That” site run by Anthony Watt a blogger and meteorologist. This fascinating conversation site that claims to be a commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, weather, climate change, technology, and recent news.

This site is a true discussion site that many can emulate with. In it Anthony Watt is modest and balanced with his communication style and now sometimes sees over 6 million hits a week and comments on each of his and his hosted daily blogs sometimes by the hundreds.

Check out all categories >>

Poznan Conference.

Of great interest we followed The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Pozna? Poland on 1-12 December 2008 This was aimed to cement the Kyoto Protocol’s and having definitive a carbon neutral objective with emission reduction agreement in Copenhagen in 2009 including reducing global emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and disaster management.

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It was interesting that I again watched the 2005 Al Gore movie, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’  high listed on a plane movies in December 2008. (2 min Trailer) Regardless of subject conviction to the debate technically it superb learning exercise to see how to presnt to win a case for change. In this movie Al Gore uses his superb selling and debating skills backed up by excellent credible research to present the compelling case to clean up the planet. At the Poznan formum  he  continued this vigal and presented  the conference with more support for the case to enforcing tough new goals and with ideas for creating more momentum now and to achieve the critcal agreement on the tough emmsion and action objectives being discussed for Copehagen conference in late 20o9.

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On the flip side

Interesting that All gore presents over 50 years of trending, but this year scientific evidence is mounting that extremes of cold temperatures in the Northern hemisphere in 2009 winter ignpost opposite views. This evidence puts forward information to show  ice cover was actually increasing in some parts and is not in decline. Does this mean the Kyoto initiatives are working and we are seeing reveral of the trends.  Or is is the simply that the warmng hypothesisis is flswed?

If nothing else this highly cricial debate is highly emotional by nature.

Polar sea ice changes -net-coolingeffecton climate >>

Is it Global Cooling Now?

Of great interest also is a post named Four scientists: Global Warming Out, Global Cooling InThe author, Alan Lammey, Texas Energy Analyst, of Houston, cites noted William Gray an authoritative climate change speaker and Colorado State University’s, founder of the school’s famed hurricane research team. Gray spoke about multi-decade periods of warming and cooling and how global climate flux has been the norm for as long as there have been records.

Gray has taken quite a bit of political heat for insistence that global warming is not a man-made condition. Man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is negligible, he said, compared to the amount of CO2 Mother Nature makes and disposes of each day or century.

My view is watch the share market and business reactions as this debate grows:

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Yellow pages goes global.

The .COM .BIZ EDU, are all identifiers of types of domains, The advent of the .TEL could see a change in the way we see all these with an overarching web identity that could herald the joining of all addresses both physical and virtual in a giant yellow pages across the globe.

In clip_image006his December 3 piece blogger Aaron Brazell comments on the advent of this new identity carrier.  Read his Post >>

My view is to watch this space as we see more and more integrated connectivity in business.

Aaron is the founder and lead editor of Technosailor.com. He is a business and social media consultant and loves to see people reach their potential through the use of social media.

He says there overlap between useful social media and personal and corporate outreach and brand. I am not sure what all that means but he writes thought leading articles so I suggest you check him out at

Check out http://technosailor.com >>

Downturn Capacity Preservation.

In the downturns of 1983 in Australia with my colleagues in business we had some adamant advice that we should protect our capacity to do business. As others chose a path rationalize close and reduce maintaining idle capacity burden to preserve cash, our stand for an efficiency survival strategy proved highly successful as turnaround came a year or so later and we had ability for rapid business growth from that wisdom.

I believe redundancy a survival approach should really thought thruwellgiven it mostly adds difficulties instead of helping to achieve a goal  —

This is an excerpt for a January post by Gordon Wood.

Here is a useful article by Bay Jordan on this subject The author of “Lean Organisations Need Fat People” his posted can be found on Sue Massey’s blog businessmanagementabcs.com

This post debates well 5 solid questions on this subject:

  1. Do you really know who you are laying off?
  2. Have you really examined your commercial logic?
  3. Have you thought through the long-term implications?
  4. Have you really thought through the impact on morale?
  5. Have you thought about the wider economic implications?

In this article Bay also puts forward a proposition that provides:

  1. A means of valuing people as assets
  2. A method of creating employee ownership at virtually no cost to either the company or the individual.
  3. A new method of incentive remuneration that overcomes most of the inherent weaknesses of traditional performance related pay schemes.

Read Bay’s Full Article >>

Time Machines.

This is a time server vendor symmetricom.comhas some interring information about time. We received there flyer in our email this month and picked out these articles of interest.

Another Leap Second Is On The Way: Are You Ready? Since 1972 when the practice was first mandated by the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) 24 leap seconds have been added to the world’s official time.

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The Ingenious History of time keeping devices Keeping track of time across a 24-hour period as we do today has its roots going back more than 4,000 years. Since that time, mankind has employed many varied and clever devices to keep track of the time of day and the time of night.

The current system of time measurement dates all the way back to c. 2000 BC. That’s when the Egyptians divided the day into two 12-hour periods and used the shadows cast by large obelisks to track the movement of the Sun.

Today, atomic clocks are used to calibrate other clocks as well as to maintain the proper time on earth. When compared to the obelisks used to tell time in 2000 BC, we sure have come a long way.

More to come

During December we were reading a lot and learning how to leverage value and writing for our followers. We also updated our look and have plans for more to be better.

The is so much more we have read but time limits us. Doing the summaries is enriching but also costly in time as our effort is all gratus. But we still hope we can do better this year.

It is interesting last month as our pieces generally focused on business yet our reading log seems to be focused on life fundamentals rather than the way to manage them.

Our aim as always is for best practices management so work place and business performance improvements can makethe world a better place to live. Understanding life issues and markets and what drives them, we believe is key to achieving that.

Please feel free to comment on piece or overall as part of our objective for healthy debate.

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