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It may be that every car manufacturer uses paper-element filters, but that’s only because car makers get more money when they sell more and more filters when these cars are being serviced. If they equipped their cars with re-usable filters, they’d have no after market for their own filters.
You should also consider the fact that every time you take a Merceds, BMW, Ferrari or any other car to a tuner shop (Carlsson, Hamann etc.) they equip the car with a cotton gauze filter. Not because they want to sell more filters, but because they want to make the cars better.]]>
It’s unusual to hear of a case where a CIO or Director of Technology will attempt to interfere in the workings of say the accounting department or argue about the way sales calls are handled. The opposite is unfortunately not true; everyone who has read an article about wifi on MSN.com or PCWorld on Friday afternoon will be in the CEO’s office on Monday morning criticising the way the company wireless network is set up.
I’m not in favor of blindly accepting authority or expertise, but I do think we owe each other a little respect.]]>
Spam though? I suppose if there are “no rules” — but thats like including Love Canal along with the Great Pyramids or the Taj Mahal or whatever…
Also, too many people have the impression that there’s some other goal toward which they’re working in a corporate job, not so. That paycheck or direct deposit IS what you’re working toward, and every pay period starts it up again. You’d better make darn sure you’re being paid enough and not working under the mistaken impression that a grateful employer will make it up to you someday.
As Paul likes to say, “the only conscience of a corporation is profit” (or something to that effect), similarly the only gratitude of a corporation is your compensation.
[”The only conscience of a corporation is the limits set by law” — Paul]]]>
The otherwise-excellent article does have one glaring error - it says you can recharge the card at night, when electric rates are low. Does anyone know of a location in the US where ordinary retail consumers are offered time-sensitive electric rates? It’s not on offer in Silicon Valley.
The plain truth is, we usually get paid more for doing things we’re modestly good at, compared to what I’d get paid for, say, playing the guitar.
And how does one get good at something? Practice, aka repetition. One should logically expect to do more-or-less the same work over and over again. It’s what you’re good at.
Want some variety? Teach yourself to be good at something else. On your dime, on your time.
It’s interesting tha you presume an unemployed person is powerless to contribute to my financial gain. Quite the contrary. While there can be some rivalry, I know from my own experience and that of others that there’s much to be gained by both parties in trading leads, tips, ideas, resources, etc. You have info which may not be useful to you but is to him, and vice versa. Why not share?
Broadly speaking, one has “friends” - people one knows well and chooses to spend time with; “acquaintances” - people you know but aren’t especially close to (perhaps a neighbor); and “business associates” who may be colleageus, co-workers, vendors, customers, or any of the legion of folks we encounter in our work lives.
I would agree that pestering acquaintances is an area that requires the most thought and care as to social appropriateness. As for friends, if one’s friends won’t help you in a job search, get new friends.
This leaves business associates. By definition, these are the folks with whom we buy, sell, exchange, and trade. When a sales person calls you - or you call him - the presumption of business intent is assumed. Suppose you leave your job, or it leaves you, and you call a former vendor. Would he be upset that you called? It’s unlikely. He has every reason to assist you in your job search. Not only does it give him the enormous emotional satisfaction of helping a fellow human being in his hour of need (which we shall assume is his primary motivation) but he is aware that you are unlikely to buy any more product until you are once again employed.
Ringo, you need not engage in social networking as part of your next job search. It isn’t required by law. If you dislike it, by all means don’t do it. But don’t presume that other who do engage in it are insufferable rude or busy annoying each other. It’s possible they’re engaging in a collective exercise in mutual co-operation and benefit.
As for your view of hiring via networking, I agree that it biases the pool. Thus, when I call friends and ask who’s _really, really_ good at the skill I need. I bias the pool toward RR good people. I can live with this. Furthermore, it’s often the case that the best people are currently employed and not necessarily looking. One doesn’t find them without networking.
Yes, calling people you don’t know to ask for favors is aggressive. Suggesting a lunch meeting with a former colleague varies. Would you do so even if you knew they were unemployed and powerless to contribute to your financial gain? If the answer is yes, then there’s nothing wrong with it… unless the answer is “yes, you never know when some schmuck might hit the lottery or get promoted to CEO.” (In which case it’s not so much aggressive as cynical.)
I would also dispute the point that the other person knows exactly what one is doing (when networking) and is “doing it too”. To the extent that may be true, I say let the “consenting adults” principal rule, but it seems to me it calls for disclosure. Perhaps one could say, “I’m feigning a social interest in you for business purposes; if you’d like to reciprocate by pretending to tolerate me for potential financial gain, please do.”
In regards to your remark about sincerity, I think you’ve become confused in a way which is somewhat ironic for this venue. Sincerity doesn’t depend upon whether you wish someone well or ill. The crux of it is lack of pretense or affectation. One could sincerely “wish [someone] great evil.”
Here’s the bottom line: In so far as I know, there is no final arbiter for rudeness, nor for the kind of world we all want to live in. That means I can’t prove my assertion that career networking is rude. I also can’t prove that the social and business environment to which it leads is undesirable. I can, and have, and might again, point out and illustrate how rude and undesirable it is to me.
I say calling people one doesn’t know, pestering people at social functions to sell them something or ask for a job, pretending a personal interest in people in order to advance one’s career, and begging favors at every turn is rude. When that crosses the barrier between work/business and home/social life, the rudeness is extreme. I don’t want a world that works that way, but clearly some people do.
From my point of view networking, line (queue) cutting, and telemarketing are of a piece and more or less equally rude. However, when it comes to sheer damage to quality of life I’ll take the line cutters and the telemarketers every time, they do less damage.
ps. Oh, in regard to using networking for hiring decisions, that dog won’t hunt. If you bias the applicant pool you bias the outcome. –r]]>