15' Free throws & 15' putts: a matter of technique
We're still reeling from UNC's Final 4 collapse vs Kansas. And then Memphis appeared
to earn the championship trophy awaiting only the sinking of a mere free-throw in the final
10 seconds. At every level of basketball, destiny is quite often determined by the process
of such an uncontested 15' shot, the clock stopped, no active defense and no rush to execute?!
Monday's New York Times offered an intriguing benchmark of Tiger Woods's professional
success. Surprisingly, it's not his booming drives. He laps the competition by his effectiveness
in making 15 foot putts under pressure.
In this teeter-tottering economic climate, here's how I'm working on my own 15-footers:
1. JP Rangaswami, author of the popular blog, confusedofcalcutta. If one types 'JP' into Google,
his blog is the 5th hit. I enjoy especially his podcast on the Web 2.0 tools of knowledge workers,
who are the primary value of today's Enterprise 2.0 companies. These tools are: Syndication,
Search, Fulfillment, Conversation (in the form of storable traditions). BTW, he is the CIO for a
large telecom company.
2. I attended Edward Tufte's travelling seminar, the Presentation of Analytical Information.
One of his more popular books is The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. In the endless
race for more and better IT tools, his is a refreshing and clever reminder of the value of content -
when properly presently. His clever riff on the failings of Powerpoint had each of the 350
attendees nodding in agreement. His sole criticism of the iPhone design is that if the icons
require descriptions (phone icon with word 'Phone' beneath), get rid of the needless icon!
3. David Pogue is the technology critic for the New York Times. His column is Circuits.
I enjoy his topical and always well-substantiated comments. A recent article, Are You Taking
Advantage of Web 2.0? re-calibrated my thinking on 'what it's going to take and why it's worth it'
to invest in these enticing and not yet proven Internet capabilities.