15′ free-throws & 15′ putts: a matter of technique

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

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 true 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 recently Edward Tufte’s travelling seminar, the Presentation of Analytical Information.  His more popular book is The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.  In the endless race for more and better 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.  cperrien