I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story

I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story:

Worth reading:

“After a five-month leave, I was nervous and excited to return to work, and I showed up that first day back with a big smile and a phone full of baby pictures to share.  Here’s what happened instead: I was taken to lunch by a woman I barely knew. Over Cobb salad she calmly explained that all but one of my direct reports  —  the people I had hired  —  were now reporting to her. In the months that followed, I was placed on a dubious performance improvement plan, or PIP, a signal at Amazon that your employment is at risk.”

OUCH.  Amazon, you need to be better than this.

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FREE: Keeping Raccoons out of the recycling, 7 years and 4 tries later

Back in (gulp) 2008, I posted a simple design to keep raccoons out of the garbage and green bin.  The design worked, I got some nice comments, and even a possible CBC TV spot on the design (which didn’t pan out, but it was nice to be asked).

raccoon closeup
Do you have ‘little visitors’ like this guy who came sniffing around my green bin?

Continue reading “FREE: Keeping Raccoons out of the recycling, 7 years and 4 tries later”

What that scary deadline for credit cards means for merchants

The following link is a terrific summary by Square, and a great example of how to embrace change as opportunity.

All that said: the upcoming liability shift in credit card processing in the USA is all about what happens if you (as a vendor or merchant) process a fraudulent chip-and-pin EMV card as a mag stripe card, and let a fraudulent transaction through. This will happen if you don’t have an EMV reader, so you DO have to do something, but you DON’T have to panic!

https://squareup.com/townsquare/6-myths-about-the-liability-shift/

Make money, decrease risk, and be happy!

Productively yours,

Dak