Saturday, August 31, 2013

The speed of trust

Stephen Covey on the importance of trust:
"It’s ironic, but from my experience around the world, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (or its equivalent) has eclipsed the focus on the mistakenly so-called soft stuff, like trust. CFOs and auditors have replaced people developers and strategic-minded HR practitioners in the throne room. At the same time, one of the hottest topics today is ethics— ethics discussions, ethics curriculum, ethics training, codes of ethics.  This book shows that while ethics is fundamentally important and necessary, it is absolutely insufficient. It shows that the so-called soft stuff is hard, measurable, and impacts everything else in relationships, organizations, markets, and societies. Financial success comes from success in the marketplace, and success in the marketplace comes from success in the workplace. The heart and soul of all of this is trust. 
This work goes far beyond not only my work, but also beyond anything I have read on the subject of trust. It goes beyond ethical behavior in leadership, beyond mere “compliance.” It goes deep into the real “intent” and agenda of a person’s heart, and then into the kind of “competence” that merits consistent public confidence. Just think about it— whether you define trust as mutual confidence or loyalty or ethical behavior, or whether you deal with its fruits of empowerment and teamwork and synergy, trust is the ultimate root and source of our influence."

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Formatting code blocks from Kindle

I was ramping up on android using a Kindle book and realized Kindle for Mac app does a terrible job of copy/pasting contents to an IDE/text editor. I created a simple ruby script which tries to properly format code blocks copied from the Kindle app and then replaces the contents of your clipboard with *somewhat* better formatted code. Not perfect by any means, but made my life a little easier. 


Check it out on github -> here <-