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ADIAD. Period.

2011 February 11
by John

The following is a portion of a blog post I read this morning that I really appreciate. The full blog post (by Rod Paddock) is within the context of some happenings in the software world that many of the people who read this blog may not care about. However, the idea remains relevant and I wanted to share it.

Again, I DID NOT WRITE WHAT IS BELOW and I take no credit for the stories, experience, or thoughtfulness. I just agree and want to spread “good thought pixie dust”. Please go read Rod’s full post. I hope the number of links to his blog/post makes it OK for me to share this portion of it without his express permission.

Rod, I don’t know you but I follow your blog. I’d be happy to take this post down — just let me know.

Sometimes you are lucky enough to work for a company with a good value system. Sometimes you are lucky enough to work for a company that actually sticks to their value system.

My first real job was as a network administrator/database developer for Eagle Crest resort in Redmond, OR. The CEO of the resort drove a car with a vanity license plate consisting of the letters ADIAD. One morning I asked Jerry just what that license plate meant. He said: “Rod, that stands for A Deal Is A Deal”. During my time of employment at that company that value was executed time after time. From that experience, that little acronym has stuck with me for the last 20+ years. I have tried to run my life and business according to those values.

Sometimes those values work in my favor. Sometimes they don’t. Many years ago I worked on some courseware for a company. I offered up my price for the courseware and the company accepted it. Later on I found out how much another instructor was paid for equivalent courseware. I was a little miffed, but I didn’t complain. I made a better deal the next time. You see I got what I asked for. ADIAD.

A few years later fellow Los Techies blogger and my best friend John Petersen had a similar situation. He took a small consulting job with another developer we know. During the consulting gig he found out how much our developer friend was paid for the job. It was significantly more than the compensation he asked for, and received. John and I discussed the “fairness” of this situation. During this discussion I asked him a question: “How much did you ask for? And were you paid that amount?” The answer was yes. I responded ADIAD, next time you will make a better deal. While the ethics or straighforwardness of the other developer may be called into question, ADIAD.


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  1. Ryan permalink
    February 11, 2011

    Good advice to live by. Thanks for sharing.

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