Skill vs. Talent

Nick Corcodilos wrote this and I couldn’t agree more.  It perfectly mirrored my stance on the whole debate of whether or not we actually have such a shortage.  Is there really a lack of bright people out there?  I doubt it.  Millions of people are currently out there creating and inventing things I would have never thought of.  Are these people all happily employed? Would none of these candidates not consider taking on the role or the challenge posed by the hiring employer if their requirements are met?  Blaming operational inefficiencies on talent shortage is analogous to blaming one’s unhappiness on money shortage.  Not trying to infer that recruiting is easy, but I definitely do think employers focus way more on the difficulties of recruiting vs. talent retention.  I can personally attest that ALL of the  employers I’ve worked for have spent close to nothing on training its middle managers on this topic.  Too many times have I seen a star performer in a department leave because employers paid no attention to keeping him/her happy, only to regret having to spend MUCH MORE time and effort on his/her replacement.  And oftentimes, this happens because HR was instructed to find a clone copy of the said star- in other words, they start looking for skills to replace the talent, which is a much more expensive proposition.

It’s time for organizations to wake up and actually realize that hiring based on capability is much more important than hiring for ability.  Unfortunately, most hirings are done based on immediate need instead of foresight and preplanning.  Guess what’ll happen to the newly hired star once the challenge is solved?

Looks like another iPhone user’s woken up

Check out this article. What’s interesting is the general consensus demonstrated in the comments. Now I know TG is a PC centric site, but not even one person defended iPhone’s value, and I know there are apple users who read the same piece.

Is it just because all the iPhone users are too busy playing with their new toy to care?

I was very excited and played with my E62 nonstop for a month or so when I got it. Loaded everything I could find– all the Google apps, mapping, divx, Nokia’s podcasting tools, RSS readers, Youtube, all the old console emulators, PuTTY, VNC, etc. But the fun is waning. Now, it’s a tool that I take for granted. I don’t have the same buyers’ remorse though– they paid me to take the phone. I wonder how many other iPhone buyers will go through this same process?

Need vs. Want

I believe Gizmodo’s post on its final review of Monster Cables vs. Generic cables bought from Monoprice summed it up best:

“The only people who should buy Monster cable are people who light cigars with Benjamins. Fortunately for Monster, there are plenty of those people. They’re not even suckers, they are just rich as hell, and want the best. This testing did not prove that Monster is not the best. It just proved that the best is, for the most part, unnecessary.”

This not only applies to cables, but everything else. Our consumer economy has become so dependent on branding as a measure of product quality, that most people don’t even think twice about paying extra for brand insurance. Savvy consumers know that any kind of insurance is just a necessary evil. Do a bit of homework and you will quickly find that in most situations, “buying the best” only makes you the greatest fool.

I believe this also applies to the iPhone craze. Apple’s success rest primarily on its ability in spinning its devices from tools into objects of desire. Once those little devils of desire start yanking and distorting your voice of reason, the game is over. Fork over that credit card. Apple: 1, You: -1. Does the iPhone really provide you with extra value? I believe in terms of functionality and practicality, that’s difficult to say. But if you are the type who likes upping the Joneses, $500 is probably money well spent.

Apple’s marketing team is really the thing of beauty here– how is it able to consistently instill subliminal, mind-controlling messages in the minds of the public, and turning wants into needs? Why is it that nobody else is able to duplicate that magic? This is all beginning to remind me of the movie “The Prestige”.

I wonder if Apple’s competitors are giving this point enough thought. If you consider yourself one of Apple’s competitors (or even admirers), stare into this logo for a few minutes and give it some real thought:

Apple Logo

Scoble’s take on Facebook

Scoble may be right. There is value in maintaining a Facebook profile. But how much value are we talking about? I believe the hype and the controversy that Facebook is creating is interesting. Many are hailing it as the next major social portal, destined to overtake Myspace as the “place” to be. My thing is though, just how “social” are these social sites?

Sure, you can establish a lot of contacts. You can check out what other people are doing. But just how social are you really are when you are spending 2+ hours a day reading about other people’s cats and other friends’ friends?

Personally, Facebook presents the same entertainment value as all the other social platforms. Myspace, Friendster, Twitter, etc. As far as using it as a contact list, there may be some value in that as well. Why don’t I use it then? The answer is simple– I ain’t got the time for that kind of entertainment. In other words, my perceived value of these tools < the perceived value of time reserved for other things. Toys != Tools. Sorry buds, just a matter of priorities.

LinkedIn and Doostang may just provide the same kind of social connectivity value as Facebook, without all the other BS.

How many people do you know that got rich off of blog ads?

This site seems to be all about making money off of sensational journalism.  It just seems too much work for me to put in for the little to no return.  Blogging for fun and creating a community is one thing.  Plastering your ‘logs’ with a bunch of ads seem like selling out to me.  I liken it to buying stuff off of deal sites and reselling on eBay– first of all, the ROI is not there, and secondly, there is no growth potential on its profitability.
Then again, I guess it’s one’s prerogative if s/he likes making chump change for fun.  Perhaps this is how people obtain the disposable income for their iPhones?