Thursday, November 09, 2006

"When faced with decisions, try to look at them as if you were one level up in the organization. Your perspective will change quickly." William Swanson

Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management: unwritten rule number 31...

"This is a lesson that many senior leaders learn from experience as they rise into higher and higher positions of management. It is incredibly illuminating to step out of one's own role and to look at the world from the perspective of one's manager, or one's manager's manager.

As you see the world from a higher perch, you take in more of the landscape. From this vantage point, your role becomes clearer. You see how you can contribute more effectively to the goals of your organization.

Remember what an eye-opener it was when you were promoted into a position once held by your boss? Remember how much smarter he or she suddenly seemed when you had their job? For me, it's analogous to how much smarter I thought my mom and dad suddenly became when I emerged from my teenage years into my twenties. I know most teenagers bristle when you tell them how much smarter their parents will soon seem, but it's true - and the analogy applies to having a broader perspective on the job as well."

"In our opinion, the faster traditional media firms work toward partnerships focused on making money from content, the sooner they will be able to reap the benefits." Scott Kessler of Standard & Poors Equity Research in an item from Business Week. Old Media and New Media: Friends, Not Foes here.

"There's a growing economic model of micro-targeting that will allow for either federated blogs or particularly strong blogs to be significant businesses. I don't suspect that the New York Times's blogs will ever be a third leg of the stool. But in terms of the sort of constellation of ways in which we put out the Times, they're going to be important.

Blogs are going to become a part of the media eco-system going forward. Still, I obviously have to believe that large media brands will continue to exist, because that's how I buy hamburgers and milk for my family. I have a significant rooting interest." David Carr of the New York Times, entire interview by Patrick Phillips here