You've got a lot of stuff to haul but you only have a motor scooter.
That's where Korean ingenuity comes in handy.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
You've got a lot of stuff to haul but you only have a motor scooter.
Donald at 2Blowhards reacts to "staff recommendations" in bookstores.
A powerful clip from the very moving film, Taking Chance.
In American military cemeteries all over the world, seemingly endless rows of whitened grave markers stand largely unvisited and in silence. The gardeners tend the lawns, one section at a time. Even at the famous sites, tourism is inconstant. Sunsets and dawns, winter nights, softly falling snow, and gorgeous summer mornings mainly find the graves and those who lie within them protected in eternal tranquility. Now and then a visitor linked by love, blood, or both will come to make that connection with the dead that only love can sustain.
Read the rest of novelist Mark Helprin's column on Memorial Day here.
Let all the ends thou aimest at be thy country's, thy God's and truth's. Be noble and the nobleness that lies in other men - sleeping but not dead - will rise in majesty to meet thy own.
One of the more sobering and intellectually invigorating books out there:
[* Items that often receive less attention than they deserve.]
You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
Waiter Rant tells of yet another medical condition to worry about.
All Souls has decided to scrap the one word exam!
My post on how introverts may hide behind technology is up at U.S. News & World Report.
Rafi Mohammed has some thoughts on pricing for small firms. An excerpt:
It has been observed that fathers become clearer with the distance of time. I think that can be said of many people.
Writing in The Wilson Quarterly, David S. Landes on lessons to be drawn from the economic domination of the West. An excerpt:
The Governor of New Jersey meets with citizens at a town hall and notes an important distinction between his state and the federal government.
From Michael Yon's post on "Penguins of Afghanistan":
Stanley Bing remembers Michael H. Jordan:
Cultural Offering on baseball season, tradition, and sunflower seeds:
Writing in The New York Times, David Brooks examines Yuval Levin's work on two theories of change. An excerpt:
One of the pleasures of reading history and great literature is the discovery that people centuries ago were grappling with the same problems we face today. For the most part, their solutions were getting the same results.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve -
You don't need to work in Central Casting to spot:
Here is the sort of story that gladdens the hearts of plaintiffs' attorneys.
As mentioned earlier, I've been reading The Strong Horse by Lee Smith. It is a fascinating and often troubling view of the Middle East.
I bet most people have not identified the one task that gives them the greatest pleasure. We can probably name the part we dislike the most more readily than we can cite our favorite.
Assuming that is the case, what is the impact of that inability? Is it possible that we are rushing through our best moments?
Guy Sorman looks at the possibility that California may drive off Silicon Valley firms. An excerpt:
I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
There are lots of new or relatively new blogs out there. This is one where I always find something of interest: Anderson Layman's Blog.
Carl Hiassen tags along with a Florida python catcher. Operative quote:
Business Week looks at the Starbucks strategy of boosting Seattle's Best. An excerpt:
Fistful of Talent has released its latest list of the top 25 Talent Management blogs.
I've been meaning to address this for some time. Since I'm currently stationed near Kleenex boxes, this may be the right moment.
If you are a supervisor, you need to know that there is a strong possibility many of your employees are called "stupid," "dumb," "irresponsible," "scatter-brained," "disorganized," "weak," and "unworthy" on a frequent basis.
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire; not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
A sick bed has to have the proper books. Mine currently has The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevski and The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations by Lee Smith.
Under the weather today. Slept a large part of the weekend.
Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. Go very lightly on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social rumble ain't restful. Avoid running at all times. Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
The Daily Beast ranks the states in terms of corruption.
Check out Ruth R. Wisse's speech at West Point: "...[R]adical innocence is no match for radical evil."
This will be the beginning of a frequent feature. You can't make this stuff up.
Stanley Bing takes on Facebook:
T.J. Stiles gives his top five list of books about moguls.
Daniel H. Pink points to some shocking signage.
How many top CEOs have international experience? Very interesting.
Lack of education simply results in students' seeking for enlightment wherever it is readily available, without being able to distinguish between the sublime and the trash, insight and propaganda.
The great Lou Jacobi delivering a rant in "Little Murders."
My "Nobody Knows Anything" post is up at U.S. News & World Report.
Some bloggers have catchy bylines. Which bloggers have these? [The answers given below. The links are in my blogroll.]
[Answers: 1. Althouse; 2. Cultural Offering; 3. Nicholas Bate; 4. What Would Dad Say; 5. Tom McMahon; 6. Sensory Dispensary; 7. Cranky Professor; 8. Idea Anaconda; 9. Verging on Pertinence; 10. View From the Ledge; 11. What Would Toto Watch?; 12. Tim Ferriss.]
Tim Ferriss gives some rules for dealing with haters. My favorite:
How did Amazon get to be so big and so profitable and so important? Not by interrupting people who don't want to be interrupted. By interacting with people. Interactions are a million times more powerful than interruptions.
An interesting article from The Los Angeles Times on why overhearing cell phone conversations is annoying:
Michael Santarcangelo points to what can be a decisive factor in job interviews and careers:
Kathryn Jean Lopez talks to Melanie Phillips about the latter's new book, The World Turned Upside Down. An excerpt:
I recently learned that Phoenix has two well-regarded soul food restaurants that are noted for serving fried chicken with waffles.
In 1999 then California Governor Gray Davis signed into law a bill that represented the largest issuance of non-voter-approved debt in the state's history. The bill SB 400 granted billions of dollars in retroactive pension boosts to state employees, allowing retirements as young as age 50 with lifetime pensions of up to 90% of final year salaries. The California Public Employees' Retirement System sold the pension boost to the state legislature by promising that "no increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements" and that Calpers would "remain fully funded." They also claimed that enhanced pensions would not cost taxpayers "a dime" because investment bets would cover the expense.
What Calpers failed to disclose, however, was that (1) the state budget was on the hook for shortfalls should actual investment returns fall short of assumed investment returns, (2) those assumed investment returns implicitly projected the Dow Jones would reach roughly 25,000 by 2009 and 28,000,000 by 2099, unrealistic to say the least (3) shortfalls could turn out to be hundreds of billions of dollars, (4) Calpers's own employees would benefit from the pension increases and (5) members of Calpers's board had received contributions from the public employee unions who would benefit from the legislation. Had such a flagrant case of non-disclosure occurred in the private sector, even a sleepy SEC and US Attorney would have noticed.
Read the rest of David Crane's article here.
The lower the rank of managers, the more they know about fewer things. The higher the rank of managers, the less they know about many things.
In the beginning of email (I was on Applelink, CompuServe and the Source in the middle 1980s) it was a fabulous productivity booster. My favorite business relationships were the people I could reach in email.
Lately, however, every day I see more of the occasions when email is a weak second-best alternative to dialing the damn phone and talking to somebody. Talk, and more important, listen. Have a conversation. You have the benefit of two-way conversation, tones of voice, inflection, and so forth. Email gets lost, quarantined as spam, misunderstood, and misinterpreted. It’s dangerous. Once you send something in email, that person has control of it, forever. It gets forwarded without context to the wrong people.You can’t get it back. And if it’s misunderstood, you might never get to explain it.
This looks like a fine use of research time and money.
Tomorrow, I step down from the presidency of a community group. I will have completed the maximum number of terms (two years) and a solid leader will take my place. I will remain on the board of directors.
Business Week has an interesting list of where top CEOs got their undergraduate degrees.
A video interview with the founder of Twitter.
Ed Driscoll on the decline of Newsweek and company and "the news they kept to themselves."
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
ATLANTA, May 5, 2010 – Employees would rather deal with gossiping co-workers than with colleagues who have poor time management skills, according to Randstad, a leading staffing firm and workforce solutions provider. The company’s new Work Watch survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs among more than 1,000 employed U.S. adults, revealed the top three workplace pet peeves to be: people with poor time management skills (43 percent), gossip (36 percent) and messiness in communal spaces (25 percent).
Back by popular demand: The telephone scene from "Topsy Turvy."
Some photographs related to the organization's mission were needed for a publicity campaign. Another set, showing different scenes, was needed for a recognition ceremony.
Cultural Offering provides some must reading for our Nanny State times:
The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Writing in The American, Michael Barone notes that the east and west coasts have a problem. An excerpt:
Idea Anaconda points to another strange dance routine by OK Go.
Consultant, professor, and author Nicholas Bate reminds us of what business culture is.
George's Employment Blawg examines a sad case that tests the boundaries of negligent hiring:
Joe Queenan has some words of warning for young job-seekers. An excerpt:
Sensory Dispensary has Susan Tedeschi singing "Angel from Montgomery."
Idea Anaconda points to why Woody Allen should not talk about politics.
At KnowHR: This is truly a brilliant way to get hired.
Here's an ominous look at the U.S. debt from the Economics Editor of The Telegraph. An excerpt:
In art there is only one thing that matters: what cannot be explained.
Many thanks to John Hood for mentioning my recent U.S. News & World Report piece at National Review's "The Corner."
My post on why most CEOs are nice is up at U.S. News & World Report.
Karen Burns explores seven little-known reasons why people don't get hired.
From William Roscoe Thayer's 1919 biography of Theodore Roosevelt:
. . .These minutes from a Politburo meeting on October 4, 1989, are similarly disturbing:
Lukyanov reports that the real number of casualties on Tiananmen Square was 3,000.
Gorbachev: We must be realists. They, like us, have to defend themselves. Three thousands . . . So what?
And a transcript of Gorbachev’s conversation with Hans-Jochen Vogel, the leader of West Germany’s Social Democratic Party, shows Gorbachev defending Soviet troops’ April 9, 1989, massacre of peaceful protesters in Tbilisi.
Read the rest of Claire Berlinski's article on the unread Soviet archives.
I'm glad to see that Managing Leadership is back in action.
A great post from a very perceptive person:
Andrew Sullivan has drawn some interesting comments on the issue of outlawing the burqa. A couple of examples:
Many of us have to battle a tendency to make chores more complicated or difficult than they need be.