Archive for April, 2009

Twitter Thoughts Flittering around in my head




Twitter’s exponential  growth continues unabated and like millions of other twitter scofflaws, I’ve stepped into Twitter’s waters teeming with 140 character missives. (You can follow me @jobhuntin ) It took a little time, but I’ve quickly found it to be an interesting way of sharing information and finding people with new and interesting points of view. Twitter is like a river – it’s always there and yet it’s never the same river. I find it a very Zen experience because its whole purpose is to live in the now – not dwelling on the past or the future. And unlike a blog or an email stream, there isn’t the requirement to read every post since the last time you checked the feed in order to get up to speed.

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The need for Professional Ambidexterity




I was working through some emails this morning watching my daughter out of the corner of my eye when I noticed something unusual.  She was drawing on some paper and would switch the marker or crayon from her right hand to her left depending on where she was on the page with no apparent loss in skill. 

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Pirate Bay, AIG and The Dead




I read Umair Haque’s recent blog post on Pirate Bay with interest and it struck a chord for me on many levels. I’ll be the first to say that today’s copyright laws are becoming obs0lete and don’t reflect the technological and social changes that have occurred in the last 20 years. That being said, I’m not going to be defending Pirate Bay anytime soon.

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Where’s your profit?




At a time when flat is the new up, knowing where your business is making it’s profits (or minimizing it’s losses) seems like an obvious thing to know but business schools classrooms are littered with countless examples of companies that thought they knew where they were making their money but ended up failing anyway.

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What name to use?




Spending a lot of time obsessing about how one’s name looks and what name to use is usually limited to people about to be married and teen-agers. Since I’m already married and my daughter is closer to being a teenager than I am, thinking about how my name looks is a bit discombobulating. Recently I’ve been sending out resumes and applying for jobs so I’ve been looking at my name more than usual. For the longest time I’ve used “Thomas J. Mitchell” as the name at the top of the page but I go by “Thom Mitchell” for just about everything except legal forms, not “Tom Mitchell” or “Tommy Mitchell” or even the full monty “Thomas James Mitchell”. 

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