Music Break: Julie London
Back by popular demand: Sheer perfection as Julie London sings "Cry Me a River."
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Back by popular demand: Sheer perfection as Julie London sings "Cry Me a River."
Fast Company's Laurel Sutton surfaces the possibility that Kia, after its eye-catching hamster commercials, may rename the Soul. An excerpt:
I took a class once on campaign management. Several of the instructors had managed major political campaigns and they told fascinating tales of campaigning pitfalls.
The key is to figure out what you want out of life, not what you want out of your career.
Read the post on Tom McMahon's site about how Eisenhower made his own luck when it came to scheduling the Normandy invasion.
From The Onion: New Robot Capable of Unhealthily Repressing Emotions. An excerpt:
My post on how some ambitious people put on the brakes is up at U.S. News & World Report.
Robert Duvall and Bill Murray in the same film? Hard to resist.
I've been absorbed with data lately and so this article from The New York Times Magazine was of interest:
First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.
The joy of simple things: Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living" set to some old film reels.
THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT BEST PRACTICES… is that most of the time, they won’t work for you or me. They worked for somebody, some time, in some situation, in the past. Sure, the idea of best practices is attractive. Supposedly you or I can follow along, obediently, and succeed using so-called best practices. Too bad it doesn’t work.
At the site of employment attorney John Phillips, a new look for day laborers.
Bill Brenner, Senior Editor at CSO, sees the need for more communication between security executives and hackers:
Writing in City Journal, Heather Mac Donald on what we've learned from SB1070:
Miss Australia's "national costume": Yea or Nay?
National Geographic's photos of a house in Hawaii being consumed by lava.
Would you have driven this car?
In New York, an exhibition on the race to the South Pole:
When I read Making It, I was living in a rented room in a halfway house in Durham, North Carolina, making $1.75 an hour delivering reconstituted orange juice, Salisbury steaks and frozen Crinkle-Cut French fries to restaurants and school cafeterias. But when I read Mr. P’s confessions (in a 35-cent used paperback picked up at the Goodwill Store), I thought, “That’s me.”
Read the rest of Steven Pressfield's post.
If you could divide all of your fears into two stacks - Ones That Were Justified and Ones That Were Not - which stack would be higher?
Check out AdFreak.com on how Virgin Mobile has found its niche. An excerpt:
At Althouse, the soon-to-be infamous Chipotle ADA case.
Prager University has an interview with historian Paul Johnson.
Ask The Agent discovers what it is like to be a copy editor at The New Yorker. An excerpt from the interview with Mary Norris:
What we had were journalists creating a “community” in which we see expressions of hatred that are both comically adolescent and almost psychopathic.
If he starts wearing this cap backwards, we'll know that civilization is doomed.
View From the Ledge finds some wisdom posted at an estate sale.
Business schools are teaching classes on how businesses can use social media. An excerpt from the Business Week article:
A short interview with Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
For a long time as a young teacher, I believed the danger of prostituting their minds by believing falsehoods was the preeminent, or even singular, intellectual danger my students faced. So I challenged them and tried to teach them always to be self-critical, questioning, skeptical. What are your assumptions? How can you defend your position? Where’s your evidence? Why do you believe that?
I thought I was helping my students by training them to think critically. And no doubt I was. However, reading John Henry Newman has helped me see another danger, perhaps a graver one: to be so afraid of being wrong that we fail to believe as true that which is true. He worried about the modern tendency to make a god of critical reason, as if avoiding error, rather than finding truth, were the great goal of life.
Here is a gallery of quotations from Ryanair'e CEO Michael O'Leary. A sample:
If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from "The Beverly Hillbillies."
The wise leader notices who sits where and with whom; who spoke in which order and in support of which points; and what was not said. Caveats and footnotes are quickly spotted as are efforts to gloss over or change certain subjects. The general "feel" is absorbed and possibilities, be they good or bad, are analyzed.
What’s rather more difficult, for those aspiring to confer transparency upon abuses of power, is to get hold of the document troves of America’s enemies – a collection of tyrants and terrorists who respond to unwanted leaks not simply by trying to spin, deny, or appease, but by threatening, jailing or murdering anyone discovered disclosing secrets to the world public. That makes it a lot more difficult to pry documents from their archives; but it also means that any success could be of extraordinary value.
I had to smile when I saw this post at Cultural Offering regarding his rule about a messy desk. I follow the same rule.
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Charles Murray, author of Human Accomplishment, on why Tiger Woods might not catch and surpass Jack Nicklaus's overall record. An excerpt:
A memorable Toyota commercial.
Sarah's "cover" is that she is a bilingual guide and passionate advocate for the extraordinary spectacle that opens before us: the first medieval castle to be built with entirely medieval methods and materials for 500 years; and the first castle of its kind to be built for nearly 800 years.
The Château de Guédelon is not a film set; it is not a restoration; it is not a hey-nonny-no-medieval theme-park. It is an exercise in archaeology in reverse: discovery by building up, not by digging down. By 2023, it will be a full-sized castle with battlements and a moat and six towers.
Read the rest of The Independent article here.
There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
As a former EEO officer who consults in the area of EEO and diversity, I keep my eye open for articles of significance. Senator James Webb has written a column on equal opportunity and preferences that deserves a great deal of attention. It reminds me of Michael Novak's book, The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics. An excerpt:
Back by popular demand: Mitchell & Webb at the corner shop.
Writing in U.S. News & World Report, G.L. Hoffman discusses seven ways not to use your connections to get a job. An excerpt:
Let's bring back the practice of "calling someone in on the carpet."
From "A Speech Every High School Principal Should Give" by Dennis Prager:
Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.
Political campaigns are getting stranger.
The JournoList scandal confirms what many of us have suspected about press bias. One of the proposed victims of their "brainstorming," Fred Barnes, responds in The Wall Street Journal:
Reka looks at a study on language and personality and concludes: You are what you blog.
Ann Althouse on the case of a young cancer patient in Britain who managed to gain some weight during treatment and then got a strange letter. But hey, it's a template.
The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my American Express bill.
Political Calculations crunches the numbers on whether it pays to go to law school.
Shirley Sherrod, the former Georgia director of Rural Development, said she received a phone call from the USDA‘s deputy undersecretary Cheryl Cook on Monday while she was in a car. Cook told her that the White House wanted her to call it quits.
“They called me twice,” Sherrod told the Associated Press. “The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that’s what I did.”
Some links on the Shirley Sherrod story: The video and the link with the above quote.
[From what I've read so far, it sounds like she should get her job back.]
Whenever observing the workings of organizations, one of my favorite areas to scrutinize and, I should note, perhaps the most difficult to change, is the convenient injustice.
"When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards," Randler told the Harvard Business Review of his research, some of which originally appeared in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. "[T]hey tend to get better grades in school, which gets them into better colleges, which then leads to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them. They're proactive." (Not that evening people are life's losers: They're smarter and more creative, and have a better sense of humor, other studies have shown.)
Gene Goforth sells showerheads—big ones, like the Raindance Imperial 600 AIR. Selling for as much as $5,457, it has a 24-inch spray face, 358 no-clog channels and a triple-massage option. "You can just stand under it, and it helps your psyche," says Mr. Goforth, who has one in his home.
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
Neatorama has the usual story:
Laura Sanders examines how some physicists may solve a major problem associated with time travel. An excerpt:
Happy Birthday to Diana Rigg, star of The Avengers and performer of many roles of stage and film.
A best-seller was a book which sold well because somehow it was selling well.
In January 2007, four small-time fund managers with few Wall Street connections invited themselves to a Las Vegas conference of players in the mortgage-bond business. The interlopers’ mission: to see if they were wrong in betting against subprime mortgage securities. They found a money manager who couldn’t care less if his clients lost everything on mortgage-related collateralized debt obligations (CDOs): he made money on quantity, not quality. They found a Bear Stearns CDO salesman more interested in playing cowboy at a shooting range than in discussing the housing market. They found ratings analysts utterly indifferent to their crucial jobs—assessing the risk of trillions of dollars’ worth of mortgage-related securities. And they learned about some of the average people who had taken out so many mortgages, including a stripper who was juggling five home-equity loans, all dependent on ever-rising home prices.
We set appointments to meet with people, but tend to drift into working on projects. We coast about and then, suddenly, have a burst of intense activity followed by more coasting and perhaps a meeting or two before our next burst.
There is not a better way to start out a Monday: Read Nicholas Bate on The Forgotten Fifty. An excerpt:
Cultural Offering takea a nostalgic look at the glories of cheap cigars. [He mentions a few that sound a little upscale compared to the Ozark Crooks and Swisher Sweets I've encountered.]
One of my brothers mentioned Fat Jack the other day.
Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film, "Devil."
From Common Good, a reference to an interesting survey:
School teaches us how to put things in boxes.
White Crow Books presents imaginary conversations with figures from the past but using their actual words.
Why are you here?
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.
HH: But you upset your comrades, because you asked this director, you know, why can’t we criticize Castro, and you write, “if the most salient figure in this state was immune from critical comment, then all the rest was detail. Ah, never forget how useful the obvious can be.” And so, when I was reading your part about the Palestinians, no one could ever criticize Arafat. The same obvious detail about these societies has always been there.
CH: Sure. The obvious is very handy. I mean, there was a very famous movie director called Santiago Alvarez. He’s internationally well known. He was brought to this sort of seminar camp that we were partly work, partly propaganda, partly Marxist debate. And I asked him well, what’s it like working in the arts in Cuba, and he said you know, we have very untrammeled, it’s not like the Soviet Union, you know, there’s great artistic freedom here. And there was indeed in those days quite a lot of burgeoning of magazines and movies and so on in Cuba, and cultural writing. It was brief, but it was real. But then, and I said well, would this, for example, would this extend so far as to criticism of the leader, Fidel Castro? And he said well no, obviously not. We wouldn’t expect to be able to say anything critical or rude about the supreme leader. And I thought well, that’s not an exception, is it? I mean, it’s not, with the exception of that, everything’s okay? He’s the most important person on the island. So I made this remark, repast, and a terrible coldness descended on the meeting. And I was later told the people would, started to view me as a potential counterrevolutionary, which people really were talking like that. It was as if one had been called a capitalist running dog, or I forget how it goes now, lackey of the bourgeoisie, or hyena or something. But people actually do talk in this way. It was very educational.
My post on how to design a system to frustrate job applicants is up at U.S. News & World Report.
There is much to be said for the person who looks at the greater good instead of a personal preference or even self-interest. There are times, however, when such conduct can mislead us, especially if the opinions expressed are based on what the person thinks others want and that turns out to be untrue.
Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
FutureLawyer has a photograph that shows why so many of us cannot meet the dress code for golf.
Cultural Offering has the chart on types of authoritarians. On some, I didn't know whether or laugh or grimace.
I love briefcases.