Saturday, October 14, 2006

"Don't be timid: speak up, express yourself and promote your ideas."William Swanson

Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management: Unwritten rule #12...

"If you evaluate yourself from the perspective of your manager, you will see that you are valued most for your contributions. It is not bragging to express yourself and your ideas vigorously - so long as you are prepared to support your ideas with logic and facts."

"Be your own champion. Some managers invite discussion to see where your "head" is on a matter."

And the answers to the pop quiz in Friday's post are:

  1. 29
  2. 44. 28 huskies with four legs each plus 44 penguins with two each, making 200 legs total.
  3. I am 40 and my daughter is 10.
  4. Apples and Oranges. Keep in mind each box is mislabeled. Whatever you pick from the Apples and Oranges box will inform you what the other two contain. Say you pull an orange from the apples and oranges box. Then the orange marked box contains apples, and the apples marked box holds apples and oranges. This is the perfect example of a simple problem we complicate by overthinking.
Thank you for all the emails. And for sharing some cool puzzles. Here's one from my pal in Helsinki...

You have twelve identical looking coins, one is counterfeit. The counterfeit is either heavier or lighter than the rest. The only scale available is a simple balance. Using the scale only three times, find the counterfeit.

Good luck! Solution in the next post.