Gov’t Should Guide Development

The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo has an article today discussing the rise of private entities as builders of infrastructure and funding research that will be the building blocks of the future of society.  The Federal government is increasingly out of the business of backing research and building infrastructure. And that will leave society vulnerable…

Original Thinkers Use Firefox & Chrome

Great 15 minute Ted Talk by Adam Grant; The surprising habits of original thinkers. My favorite take away is that you can predict job performance and commitment by the web browser that you use (9:50 mark).  Google Chrome & Mozilla’s FireFox users perform better and last longer at their jobs.  The conclusion of the study…

Training is Good, Right? Not at IronFX

I had a cup of coffee the other day with a gentleman I used to work with.  In fact he was the Sales Manager of a company when I was brought in as COO.  He is no longer the Sales Manager (I fired him), and I am no longer the COO.  But we have a…

Remote Workplace Culture (con’t)

I expect I will write about this subject more often.  I have spent a lot of time reading and thinking about it, and as Visual Trading continues to add momentum and employees I will use this place as a means to flesh out my thinking. As leader of remote teams, I have recognized the importance…

Replace “Productivity” with “Processes”

My version of being productive was interrupted for 6 days when I misplaced (aka: lost) my trusted Moleskin Notebook. I truly realized that my level of productivity is driven by my use of the processes I have honed over the years.  Use the notebook to set a weekly Goals and daily tasks; block incoming messages…

Trading Regulation Change Happening Quickly & Quietly

I know to expect looser regulations in the world of finance under Trump.  Just look at his cabinet picks and advisors.  Its a murderer’s row of hedge fund guys and senior bankers  (Plus that nutjob Betsy DeVries). I expected the changes to take a while to go into effect because I was thinking about equity…

Manhunt

Interesting show concept.  It was up on screen as I got down to some Sunday night work after the NE Patriots won their AFT Championship game versus Pittsburgh. I have thought about it before; when the two prison inmates in upstate NY escaped and evaded for a few days.  Could I do it?  What would…

Team, Tools, Processes

Found a good read on “Remote First” company culture here from Wade Foster of Zapier.  I particular liked many of the Processes he uses at Zapier. The bits and pieces from the third category, Processes are: 1. Everyone does support The customer is our lifeblood. We strive everyday to solve our customers’ problems and help…

Banana-Land in the USA

When the Greek Debt Crisis was unfolding, I would excitedly wake up each day thinking, what stupid statement or tact have the leaders of Greece or their counterparts in negotiations, the European Central Bank made today?  Greece had a recently elected leader who was flip-flopping on his stated goals and plans for the country’s economic…

Rural vs Urban

I am not the most cosmopolitan among us, but I am fortunate that I get to travel to a few of the major, global metropolitan areas each year.  London, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Santiago, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur have all seen the soles of my Cole Haan’s in recent years.  While languages could be a…

4:01am

4:01 AM.  That is what time my eyes popped open today.  From dead asleep to wide awake.  After a week of half-assing it at work between Christmas and New Year’s, there is much to do.  Today and every day. I like taking time off from work, but I truly enjoy the harried need to accomplish…