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Guy Kawasaki : The Art of Laying People Off

I hope I will not need to use those tips, but it is a really nice read from Guy Kawasaki : OPEN Forum by American Express OPEN | The Art of Laying People Off.

Update :

Looks like I might have scared some people with this post. I had no intention to do so.

Let me tell you a bit more…..

I like the post not because we are going to lay people off, but because it talks about taking responsibility for your actions as a business director and some other concepts that are very important for me. Unfortunately I do not have time to explain how I apply all those tips, but let’s look at one :

Don’t let people self-select (#10 on the list)

I think this tip does not only apply to lay offs. It also applies to what position you want an employee to fill, where you think he fits. Do not let the employee go where he thinks he fits, bring him where you feel he will be the best. Sure this has to be done while respecting the interests and the objectives of the employee, but as the tip #10 says, don’t let people self-select, put them where you need them.

Cummins Raising Prices on Diesel Generators

According to Datacenter Knowledge, Cummins Hikes Prices on Diesel Generators.

Québec, Canada, Sarkozy et Politique

Je parle rarement de politique …. mais quel bon texte : Quand Sarkozy enterre de Gaulle, par Jean-François Lisée - Opinions - Le Monde.fr.

Effects of the Stock Markets Panic and Financial Crisis

Everyone’s concerned about the current financial crisis, as en entrepreneur you might be very interested in Sequoia Capital’s 56 Slide Presentation Of Doom .

Lightweight version of MySQL for Cloud and Web

I just leaned of a fork of MySQL named Drizzle that is intended to be A Lightweight SQL Database for Cloud and Web. Let’s see what it becomes.

iPhone Applications for Sysadmins

Pingdom has a nice list of sysadmin related iPhone apps : Royal Pingdom » 12 great iPhone applications for sysadmins and webmasters

3Tera and Amazon adding Windows Support

3Tera AppLogic and Amazon announced Windows Support on their cloud computing platforms while Microsoft announced it’s cloud operating system.

Data Center Stocks Shaken by Stock Market Instability

Datacenter Knowledge has a nice table of datacenter stocks value drops : Deep Decline for Data Center Stocks « Data Center Knowledge

iWeb New Financing

I am a little late to post it on my blog, but it’s been published on Datacenter Knowledge : iWeb Gets $22M Funding from Goldman Sachs « Data Center Knowledge, Montreal Tech Watch :
iWeb announces $22 million funding from Goldman Sachs
and multiple other sites. Congrats to our finance team and thank you to our customers who trust us for their critical web hosting operations.

More on Pricing Strategy

Quoted from Small Biz Trends on SEO Black Hat :

The Nine and Zero Effect. People associate the number nine with value and zero with quality. Look at the difference between fast food and a gourmet restaurant. A burger meal can sell for about $4.99 while a gourmet entree at the best place in town may go for $30. So the psychology of pricing isn’t so much about gaining additional sales because the price appears to be lower, it’s about what the price communicates about your offering. So which do you want to communicate? Value or Quality? Now you can price accordingly.

I always knew the 9s and 0s had something to do with pricing strategy but never quite understood when I should adopt one strategy vs the other. This little quote helps a lot and I think it’s quite right.

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