There’s a great big web out there, and it will always turn up a few nuggets. (For a full list of those we’ve liked over the years, visit our Crackers page.) To kick off 2011, here are two posts on different aspects of discipline – one of managing yourself, and one of knowing what to manage when you’ve cracked that first one. Be aware of a plot twist in what follows.

Who Is The Worlds Worst Boss? – courtesy of Damon Klotz ‘the HRockstar’, tipped as a rising blogger by TheHRD. The point here – that anyone else who managed themselves as badly as most of us do would probably be fired – is a good one, and one we could all take on board, whether we’re making new year’s resolutions or not. The plot twist? Well, perhaps Damon is adopting too much of the ‘Rockstar’ approach to creative larceny. That final line “Post thanks to Seth Godin” should actually read “Post lifted wholesale from Seth Godin”. Great attitude, Damon, but perhaps your own disciple should start with a brief brush-up on copyright, intellectual property attribution, and a pledge to promote the value of original content. Just saying …

We manage what we can EASILY measure – a post from Gerry McGovern, Irish web consultant of many year’s standing, whose New Thinking column has been published since 1996 and made many intelligent points about business, technology and people (and, at its best, all three simultaneously). This post highlights the trap – far from restricted to web site managing – of measuring what’s easiest to measure rather than measuring what matters, and basing management on a misunderstanding as a result. If you’re struggling to measure something important, that difficulty might even be a good thing …

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