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Add comment May 30th, 2006

My Myers Briggs type

from www.teamtechnology.co.uk/tt/t-articl/mb-simpl.htm
What makes an ISTP tick?

The Dominant function is the judging one of Thinking. Characteristics associated with this function include:

  • Likes making decisions on the basis of logic, using objective considerations
  • Is concerned with truth, principles and justice
  • Is analytical and critical, tending to see the flaws in situations
  • Takes an objective approach

The judging Thinking function is introverted. That is, Thinking is used primarily to govern the inner world of thoughts and emotions. The ISTP will therefore:

  • spend time thinking analytically, organising thoughts on a logical basis
  • develop an understanding of the principles involved in a situation
  • spontaneously feel critical of a person or situation, but not necessarily express that criticism
  • be inwardly decisive, but not communicate those decisions to others
  • think mostly about impersonal issues, focusing more on concepts, truths and systems rather than individuals’ feelings

The Thinking function is primarily supported by extraverted Sensing perception. That is, Sensing perception is used primarily to manage the outer world of actions and spoken words. This will modify the way that the Thinking is directed, by:

  • focusing the (inner world) Thinking on understanding practical or mechanical problems
  • perceiving appropriate facts to support the logical analysis

The classic temperament of an ISTP is Dionesian, or Sanguine, for whom freedom is a basic driving force – seeking to enjoy the present.

Contributions to the team of an ISTP

In a team environment, the ISTP can contribute by:

  • being a source of information, or an ‘expert’ in some subjects
  • using analytical skills to produce practical solutions to difficult problems
  • encouraging the team to think, and then act
  • having a cool head in a crisis
  • applying relevant and realistic logical arguments
  • encouraging the team to realistically assess the situation

The potential ways in which an ISTP can irritate others include:

  • focusing too much on the current task at the expense of longer term or interpersonal issues
  • not seeing the wood for the trees
  • not completing a task before moving on to the next one
  • not communicating his/her understanding of the situation
  • taking shortcuts
  • seeming to flit from one thing to another

Personal Growth

As with all types, the ISTP can achieve personal growth by developing all functions that are not fully developed, through actions such as:

  • taking time to consider the impact of the ISTP’s approach and ideas on people’s feelings
  • expressing appreciation towards others
  • consulting others, to engender ownership of the solution
  • learning to acknowledge and develop the ISTP’s own emotions and personal values
  • developing a long term personal strategy
  • developing personal relationships for their own sake

Recognising Stress

As stress increases, ‘learned behaviour’ tends to give way to the natural style, so the ISTP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the ISTP might:

  • withdraw from people, to think through possible solutions
  • use tried and trusted solutions to short-term problems
  • criticise others efforts and ignore their feelings
  • sort out detailed points that could perhaps wait

Under extreme stress, fatigue or illness, the ISTP’s shadow may appear – a negative form of ENFJ. Example characteristics are:

  • displaying intense feelings towards others, or insisting on things being done without any logical basis
  • being very sensitive to criticism
  • having a gloomy view of the future
  • attributing unrealistic negative meaning to others actions or statements

The shadow is part of the unconscious that is often visible to others, onto whom the shadow is projected. The ISTP may therefore readily see these faults in others without recognising it in him/her self.

1 comment May 16th, 2006

Bill Maher

Watched a rerun of the show on comedy channel, with former Canadian prime minister as one of their guest. This is by far the most clever and the most witty talk show I’ve seen. http://www.hbo.com/billmaher/episode/

Add comment May 13th, 2006

Damn it !!

I met a really wonderful girl today.  Had a nice conversation while walking her home.  She asked me to call her… and guess what, I was stupid enough not to ask for her number.

The way she talk was cute as a doll.  Little did I know she was smart as a cookie, and she challenge me that she can out drink me.  Man…

Add comment May 13th, 2006

An underserved sector of corporate America

At some point between small business and midsize business, you run into a dark area of corporate America that is under served. For a small business of 6 people or so, the answer is Staples and hosted solution. Each rollout you are looking at $2-5K. For a big business of 100 people or so, you have specialized service provider to roll out specific solutions. Acenture loves you, sales people loves you. Each rollout is $20-50K. But for a small business growing into a midsize business, you are at a pain point. You grow out of the capability of a lot of the off the shelf solution that Staple offers, and starting to require some intergration work.

It’s hard to get people to take your money. Today I have a phone vendor back out because he wasn’t getting enough margin on a $9K contract to put in 1 24-port POE switch and setup 2 VPN. From their stand point their judgement is probably right. It doesn’t make sense to use your multi-millon dollar support network to go after a $10K contract. Acenture definitely will not take your call.

Some company has came up with a unique solution. We were shoping for a taxability solution to calculate sales tax. The first product that came to mind is taxware, which runs at about $30K annually. It make sense for Amazon alike, but not for a midsize business. So they open up a subsidary, which provide transaction based webservice to midsize businesses at a price tag of about $5K. That make sense. It allows a company to start growing with your product early, and provide a higher end solution to meet their need as they grow.

Add comment May 11th, 2006

Responsibility and Authority

Responsibilty and authority goes hand in hand together.  That’s one thing I learn at my current job at Charityfolks.  You need to know when to delegate.  And you can’t expect someone to do their job well without giving them the proper authority to make the necessary decision.  If someone’s job is only to presenting a set of options, then the responsibilty ultimitely lies with the decision maker who do the dudiligent of the research and make the choice of which option to use.  But if you are expecting a manger to be responsible for a task, he or she needs to be able to make all the choice to make that task sucessful.
And now I realized what exactly went wrong at PTS.  Management at every level, down to the individual engineers, are being asked to take ownership of the system.  Engineers and managers don’t usually agree with each other, but this time they do.  We need to take a hard look and refactor the system.  Yet management at a higher level wasn’t willing to give the necessary authority for the VPs and like to make the necessary prioritization.  A director’s job is to provide the leadership and the direction for the group.  A manager’s job is to delegate the task necessary to make that vision and prioritize according to needs.  But without the proper authority to prioritize, they are doing their job with one hand tied behind their back.  And that trickle down all the way to individual engineers in that they are too not given any authority to make the necessary prioritization to do their job well.

People are willing to be accountible only as long as their are able to make the decision that will affect the project’s success.  That goes with internal employees and out sourced consultants.  And the sad part is you don’t learn how to up manage until you are asked to assume the responsibility of managing delegation.

Add comment May 10th, 2006

The FDA and plan-B

Since when do we allow our prist give medical advise?  And if not, what in god’s name (excuse me for this one) is FDA telling the Americans if they should allow to get a monrning after pill called plan-B or not?

The job of the FDA, (food and drug administration, for those who forgot), is to oversee the safety of the drugs that’s avaliable to Americans.  That include making drugs that are relatively safe such as Claritan readily avaliable to you and I without a prescription.  Now the FDA has stepped beyond its boundary and use social behavial prediction as a reason to ban having plan-B be avaliable over the counter.  The efficiency of the drug depends on timely intake the morning after intercourse.  FDA’s job is to evaluate if this drug is safe, and if making it avaliable over the counter may benefit those who may need it.  Instead, they decided that american are not capable of deciding for ourselves and they have a role in setting the moral value for us.

We might as well ask our priest to do our triple bypass.

Add comment May 8th, 2006

Finally, a new wallet

the last one last for 10 years.  Hopefully this one will too.

paul amith wallet

1 comment May 7th, 2006

Hacking on Windoze

It sucks. Yes, that sumarize it. It sucks. Amazon A9 has a portal called OpenSearch where you can plug in your own search engin. So as a proof of concept, I listed my blog up. Since workdpress already provide RSS search result, all you need to do is wrap it and XSLT it to OpenSearch response format. If I need to vi the whole thing myself in php it would probably take me about 2 hours. It was easy to hack, fun to work with, and most important of all, it’s didn’t feel like a big job to add a new feature.

If I were to do it on windoze “enterprise”, it would have taken me 2 days. Who says all programming language are the same?

Last week I was going to test the performance of one of my schema on SQL Server. To do that I was planning on generating 10 million inserts in a flat file. To do this in shell script it would have take less than 10 minutes.

The real cost to the businese is not the difference in the amount of time it will take, but in the encouragement in doing something simply because they cost less. every wrong turn you make on a 1 hour job, you can make 6 wrong turn on 10 minute job. Experiment fail. That’s why they are called experiment. And if the cost of each experiment is so high, the innovation rate will get hammered.

2 comments May 5th, 2006

Great coffee at Starbuck

Great coffee at Starkbuck is an oxymoron. Seriously, if you want great coffee, go to Cafe Vivace in Seattle. The operation model of Starbuck has a different objective than great coffee. It wants to bring good coffee, an affordable luxury to the masses. When you need to hire inexperience barista to operate the business, Starbuck intentionally over roast their beans to achieve a consistency across all their stores. By doing that you sacrifice some of the flavor in the beans. It’s sort of like a Tiffany instead of a Henry Winston. Nonetheless I am a proud shareholder.

But dude, a couple days ago I ordered a double tall capiccino from the Starbuck near work. It’s as close to great as I have tried before. The coffee is bright and nutty, sweet, not bitter at all. I was very surprise. It turns out that they have replace their manual operating machine with a fully automated one. And this one is actually very close to great. Next time you are at Satrbuck, look to see if they are using the automated version of the brewing machine.

Unfortunately P.E. is above 50, so probably put my money in Yum Brand rather than doubling my holding.

1 comment May 4th, 2006

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