Some of tonight's background music.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Back by popular demand: The classic scene from "A Day at the Races."
The numbers will lurk and move and you need to check them again because they can trick you and yet after a while you learn their game - at least you know some of their dodges - and so after your calculations are absolutely solid and you're positive they're right, you check them again.
When an individual enters the presence of others, they commonly seek to acquire information about him or to bring into play information about him already possessed. They will be interested in his general socio-economic status, his conception of self, his attitude toward them, his competence, his trustworthiness, etc. Although some of this information seems to be sought almost as an end in itself, there are usually quite practical reasons for acquiring it. Information about the individual helps to define the situation, enabling others to know in advance what he will expect of them and what they may expect of him. Informed in these way, the others will know how best to act in order to call forth a desired response from him.
BBC Proms: The Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story."
As the eminent anthropologist Clifford Geertz observed, common sense is often defined as "what anyone with his head screwed on straight cannot help but think." But as he found, different cultures have far different views of what those commonsensical things are. The same goes for the different functional and divisional cultures in most large organizations. What is needed is not individual common sense, but a common common sense among all the participants in the prioritization conversation - an alignment around a common point of view about what makes sense.
From Ricochet: When "lying to ourselves" is more a case of the Army working around an insane bureaucracy. An excerpt:
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
I visit left-wing sites and right-wing sites and ones which are in-between. I check out Drudge links and The Huffington Post and others which would fall in "the usual suspects" category. Many blogs about business are on my list. The law and culture sites are also visited.
If you are dependent on people who do not know you, who control the value of your necessities, you are not free, and you are not safe.
Every old part of the country is filled with memorials of our past; tombstones and cottages and churches, names and legends, old roads and trails and abandoned mines, as well as the things we built and used yesterday. All these memorials bring us closer to the past, and, so doing, bring us closer to our own present; for we are living history as well as recording it; and our memories are as necessary as our anticipations.