Structured chaos

You might wonder how Google can produce so many and extrordinary results... After only some years of life, it´s one of the most profitable and fast-growing corporations in the world.

It´s no secret that the engineers at Google are like in a playground - they are allowed almost anything. From decorating their office as they want, to cafeterias and courtyards they are some of the most spoiled employees in the world. Even million-dollar mistakes are being treated with a pat-in-the-back.

All this small chaos is meant to increase creativity and growth and until now has lead to extrordinary results. And they believe it´s all part of the plan...

The "structured chaos" culture in Google is mostly coordinated by Shona Brown, the author of the book "Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos".

The latest Google products, although extrordinary, haven´t faced the success of their core business, the ad-enhanced super search engine. Is this risky playful culture going to provide them with another "bang" in the market soon or is it all going to fall apart?

Read more about it in the latest article at Fortune magazine.

Mpalos, a corner of paradise

The beach of Mpalos is in the north-west corner of the Greek island of Crete. It is unique for it's picturesque island and its crystal blue waters and white-pink sand.

Due to its remote location, the beach is quite well preserved almost like no man has laid foot there.

There are two ways to arrive to Mpalos:
  1. You can go by car up to the hill right behind the beach, park there and then walk down the path to the beach for about 30'.
  2. You can arrive to the port of Kasteli (in Kissamos), by car or by bus, and then catch the boats to Mpalos beach and Gramvousa island. However, the boat ticket is expensive: 20 euros!

Be Provocative!

Have you noticed how difficult is to get a horse pay attention to you and do what you want? Well, guess what... humans are even worse!

Either you are talking to your kid, or you are making a presentation, or you are designing a poster, or trying to get a girl to notice you, you need to be provocative!

The Road Not Taken

I like to believe that I take my own decisions in life and making my own destiny. At least I try every step of the way.

When I was around 14 my english teacher gave my class a poem to read and keep, which really struck me. It was a poem of Robert Frost called "The road not taken".

I don't think that this poem changed my life, but for sure it's a moment I will always remember...

Inspirational Courses and Creativity in Management

Tired of these boring university courses?

Well, some management courses have went beyond the normal standards! They try to inspire the MBA students and broaden their view on the "art of management".

But is creativity the absolute solution to all managerial problems? Some debate No. We need to correctly manage our endless ideas in order to be successful!

Articles by Business Week online

Europe's Beauty

From left to right: Miss Spain, Miss Greece and Miss Beligum.

Need I say more??... Enjoy! :)

Easy Way to Fold a T-shirt

Problems folding your t-shirts? Do you get them always rinkled after a trip? Does it take you ours to pack your suitcase?

See this practical guide: Fold your T-shirt in 2 seconds!

You want to do the same with other clothes? Check here!

The BEST Jobs in the World

3. Mobile games tester
2. Bikini models reflector holder
1. Lap-dance laws enforcing officer

Wanna see the real Top 50 jobs in the USA? CNN Money has a ranking for you!

What is a Project Engineer?

It sounds like an interesting field in Engineering. It has been mainly applied in construction and architectural projects, but the principles can easily be applied anywhere. However project management is quite general, so one needs to specialise on a certain field to be successful.

If someone knows the definition or is an actual project engineer, please write a comment to this post!

Permission Marketing

The latest concept in marketing by Seth Godin, one of the marketing and enterpreneur gurus of our century.

Check his speech at Google.

Frappe coffee

The greek invention!

How to make it:
You take a tall glass. Put inside 1 spoon or coffee and 1 of sugar and a little water. Mix with a mixer until it gets thick and light brown. Add icecubes, concentrated milk and water. Put a straw and enjoy the original ice coffee!

Chania, my city

Venetian Harbour Discover the beauty of Crete. Visit Chania!