Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Labels: leadership traits
An efficient and successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters.
Get ready for more nuclear power plants.
A classic Outside article on the captain of the Exxon Valdez.
Labels: power signs
Labels: fear and stress in the workplace
The less important you are in the table of organization, the more you'll be missed if you don't turn up for work.
We are never living, but only hoping to live; and looking forward always to being happy, it is inevitable that we never are so.
Myron Magnet on an unusual dogma that infected poor neighborhoods in America and has become exemplified in gangsta rap. An excerpt:
The gracious Ayaan Hirsi Ali, being interviewed by an anti-American who seems oblivious to his bias.
The subtle strategies of dressing for deal making:
Jet travel allows perishable goods to speed over oceans. Fishermen call in their catch across distant seas via satellite phone. Agents are able to sustain orders by quickly moving capital across currencies to out-of-the-way docks in developing countries.
As the world gets smaller, the selection in those glass cases gets bigger—and better. Nearly every business across the world has been in some way affected by the currents of global capitalism, but in few places are the complex dynamics of globalization revealed as clearly as in the tuna’s journey from the sea to the sushi bar.
In 1938, you could travel from New York to Chicago by train in 16 hours. Today on Amtrak the trip takes 21 hours. In the 1930s, Americans rerouted the Colorado River and built the Hoover Dam in 5 years. Boston's Big Dig - which rerouted 3.5 miles of highway - labored to official completion in 2006 after 15 years. The 1,472-foot Empire State Building was built in 410 days in the Depression. Construction of Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper, the 975-foot Comcast Center, began in January 2005 and isn't scheduled to be finished until this coming fall [of 2007].
It is easy to regard role playing as phony or insincere. Those who ignore its benefits, however, need to create an alternative that possesses equally powerful positives.
The gap between rich and poor is great, and there is plenty of want, and also confusion. What the superrich do for a living now often seems utterly incomprehensible, and has for at least a generation. There is no word for it, only an image. There's a big pile of coins on a table. The rich shove their hands in, raise them, and as the coins sift through their fingers it makes . . . a bigger pile of coins. Then they sift through it again and the pile gets bigger again.
A general rule: If you are told what someone does for a living and it makes sense to you--orthodontist, store owner, professor--that means he's not rich. But if it's a man in a suit who does something that takes him five sentences to explain and still you walk away confused, and castigating yourself as to why you couldn't understand the central facts of the acquisition of wealth in the age you live in--well, chances are you just talked to a billionaire.
Peggy Noonan elaborates on the relationship of "great wealth and lousy manners."[My take: I don't think wealth has anything to do with it. Manners and the concept of nobleness receive far less attention than in the past.]
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Jeffrey Frank on a new novel in which office politics = murder.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on her long road to America. An excerpt:
John McWhorter on how saying that creole is a less complicated language than Polish can get you labeled as racist. An excerpt:
It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read.
Evil HR Lady is not too keen on a "Rate my Boss" site.
Many apologies for the sparse postings. I've had wireless problems and a crazy schedule. [More on that later.]
Labels: what new supervisors should know
Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk; and now we stand by each other always.
Labels: controlling fear
Saturday morning: Another top five list.
The number of smart kids studying computer science peaked a few years ago and has dropped dramatically since. The number of new computer science majors today has fallen by half since 2000, according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.
I apologize for the sparse posting. Am on the road. [The usual road warrior excuses.]
Winston Churchill: "Action This Day" stickers and autocratic management.
As a novelist, I tell stories, and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories, and I give them money.
A practical business plan includes ten parts implementation for every one part strategy.
Tim Ferriss on creating a paperless office and never returning another phone call.
Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
No one can be right all of the time, but it helps to be right most of the time.
Victor Davis Hanson on therapeutic curricula:
Could video resumes lead to greater vulnerability to discrimination cases?
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
Writing in The Guardian, Nick Cohen on Hollywood's choice of terrorist villains:
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Writing in Commentary, Benjamin A. Plotinsky explores the appeal of The Sopranos. An excerpt:
If your father is Japanese and your mother is Korean and you lived in Taiwan and then your parents got divorced, moved to Los Angeles and your father took up with the Filipino woman next door and married her - well, that's almost like being Asian American.
Charles Murray wants to abolish the SAT. [Loud cheers from countless high school students.]
The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
If you would be interested in a fascinating book on the end and aftermath of the American Civil War, be sure to check out Jay Winik's April 1865: The Month That Saved America.
Labels: dysfunctional behavior
The New York Employment Law Letter has some good advice on who should conduct internal investigations.
Business Week examines whether widgets will be the next revolution:
9:00 A.M.: Dan turns on computer.
9:01 A.M.: Dan checks e-mail.
9:10 A.M.: Dan surfs news sites.
9:30 A.M.: Dan considers writing referee report that was due ten days ago; decides it's better tackled after lunch.
9:31 A.M.: Dan opens up Word document containing manuscript du jour and stares blankly at it for a while.
9:41 A.M.: Dan decides that he's really itching to work on the other manuscript du jour, because this is where his mind is wandering. He opens up that document and stares blankly at it for a while.
9:51 A.M.: On a good day, Dan gets a small piece of inspiration that he quickly converts into a paragraph of prose that will buttress his thesis.
9:56 A.M.: Dan scratches his ass.
[HT: Instapundit ]
An overheard exchange:
Writing in The Wilson Quarterly, James R. Fleming looks at the field of climate engineering. An excerpt:
An aspiring porn star decides to pick a "stage" name. As part of it, she selects the middle and last names of one of her former classmates in high school.
Writing in Inc., Liz Webber examines a survey of business owners and their attitudes toward the Internet.
I was talking to a manager the other day about mission statements. Most are bunk. A great many are posted and wisely forgotten. Many are too academic or verbose.
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An airline tells its flight attendants not to talk to some monks.
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