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The Blackberry Decision - A Pragmatic Compromise!

So ... RIM paid $612.5 million to save my blackberry service.

I'm grateful that I am not going to have my routine disrupted, that I will still be able to work on my Blackberry Thumb and be one of those annoying people who is permanently connected. I do like to think my etiquette is reasonable, I don't sneak looks in meetings, I don't email other meeting participants, I don't use it in restaurants or when I am meeting with people ... I do however take every opportunity to stay on top of my ever increasing email "pile".

The fact that RIM paid $612.5 million to NTP does leave a bad taste in my mouth (wonder how The RIM management feel?) and reminds me that as a business person, every now and then I have to make the same kind of decision. Should I fight the frivolous case when the cost to "settle" is far less? Should I just "take it" and move on ... or take "the high road" and fight the frivolous cases?

A friend (and lawyer) once painted a picture for me. "Kevin ... you can fight this and you WILL win. However, its a black cloud hanging over you, by the time you "settle", and you will, you might cover your costs. AND more importantly its negative energy ... why not focus on the positive things in your life!"

Good advice! I have never really forgotten that lesson ... maybe Mike Lazaridis is wishing he did that a few years and $600+ million ago! Of course its easy to comment with 20-20 hindsight, but my friend Dan taught me to look for the signs!

Walk fast and Smile! ... a Dee-ism to live by!