Music Break: Oasis
Some music by Oasis and, if you are a fan of The Avengers, you'll see an old friend in the video.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Some music by Oasis and, if you are a fan of The Avengers, you'll see an old friend in the video.
At last, a diet that has real appeal:
A reminder from Seth Godin that should be read, say, once a week:
I had two heroes when I was a child: Charles de Gaulle and Ted Williams.
You're analytical: Do you over-analyze issues to the point of wasting time or being indecisive?
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
In 2004, with ammunition running low, a British unit launched a bayonet charge toward a trench outside of Basra, Iraq, where some 100 members of the Mahdi Army militia were staging an attack. The British soldiers later said that though some of the insurgents were wounded in the bayonet charge itself, others were simply terrified into surrender.
Instilling such terror is at the heart of the philosophical argument for keeping bayonet training, historians say.
Anderson Layman's Blog has a great selection of music in a single post. Quite impressive.
From "School for Scoundrels": How your staff would like you to make decisions.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Muslim employees filed a record 803 religious discrimination charges for the year ended September 30, 2009. That’s up 20% over the year before. That exceeds the number of charges filed in the year after 9/11. There’s little doubt that these charges will set another record for the year ending September 30, 2010. The EEOC has taken this spike in Muslim-related religious discrimination charges seriously, filing several lawsuits on behalf of Muslim workers.
Employment attorney Michael P. Maslanka on the three things not to do in voir dire.
From a 2009 essay by Clive James on feminism and honor killings:
Writing in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell doubts that the revolution will be tweeted.
We all have our ways of making major decisions. A brief description of my own would be:
Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
Improve your mind.
Germany will make its last reparations payment for World War I on Oct. 3, settling its outstanding debt from the 1919 Versailles Treaty and quietly closing the final chapter of the conflict that shaped the 20th century.
More here from Der Spiegel.
Harvard President Drew Faust probably didn't expect criticism when she said she looked forward to reinstating the Reserve Officer Training Corps once the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is ended. But Senator Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican and a lieutenant colonel in the state's National Guard, said he couldn't understand Harvard's priorities: how could the university maintain its four-decade ban on the ROTC while promoting the Dream Act, a plan to provide amnesty to students who are in the United States illegally? Why hold the ROTC hostage to a change in military policy?
The city was paying seven other mid-level functionaries salaries ranging from $229,992 to $422,707, while mayor Oscar Hernandez and three part-time council members were earning nearly $100,000 each, mostly for sitting on an array of dummy boards whose meetings consisted of little more than calls to order and adjournment. An August 25 Times story details a typical block of such meetings held on one evening in 2006:
The Planning Commission met from 8 p.m. to 8:03 p.m. The Redevelopment Agency followed from 8:03 to 8:04, the Surplus Property Authority from 8:05 to 8:06, the Housing Authority from 8:06 to 8:07 and the Public Finance Authority from 8:07 to 8:08.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
Comedian Robert Klein sings an ode to a medical procedure that opened up a whole new world for him.
A slide show of concept cars.
I'm fighting the blahs today: problems that my doctor describes as sinus and ear, a phrase that I now associate with "red in tooth and claw."
This will put your job in perspective: A helmet cam video showing what it's like to climb to the top of a broadcasting transmission tower.
Adfreak has 66 great movie taglines from the last 30 years.
A truth that's told with bad intent
From Philo of Alexandria via Instapundit Glenn Reynolds:
The great historian of Soviet Russia, Robert Conquest, once wrote something about the dangers of naïve diplomacy that I’m reminded of daily. “We are still faced with the absolutely crucial problem of making the intellectual and imaginative effort not to project our ideas of common sense or natural motivation onto the products of totally different cultures,” Conquest observed. “The central point is less that people misunderstand other people, or that cultures misunderstand other cultures, than that they have no notion that this may be the case. They assume that the light of their own parochial common sense is enough. And they frame policies based on illusions. Yet how profound is this difference between political psychologies and between the motivations of different political traditions, and how deep-set and how persistent these attitudes are!”
This film is already sparking a lot of discussion. The trailer for "Waiting for Superman."
Writing in True West magazine, G. Daniel DeWeese looks at Western wear. An excerpt:
Art Contrarian looks at the work of industrial designer Richard Arbib. An excerpt:
Perhaps I missed it, but after looking at the web sites for CNN, ABC News, CBS, and MSNBC, I found no mention of the recent testimony regarding the Justice Department's handling of the Black Panthers voter intimidation case.
Cultural Offering has a great video on the perils of modern technology.
It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway.
More allegations that the Justice Department was biased in its handling of the Black Panthers voter intimidation case:
Stanley Fish may not be safe in any faculty lounge in America if he keeps writing columns like this one on a film about a wind turbine controversy in upstate New York:
Employment attorney John Phillips looks at the recent stories about witchcraft and applies them to religious discrimination in the workplace.
It is a rare person who will be able to look at this photograph at View From the Ledge and not experience a longing for the days when most cars didn't look alike.
Michael Santarcangelo is discussing a security program in this article but his point could be applied elsewhere. An excerpt:
Don't miss this.
Unfortunately, we are mired — as in the case of many complex societies that become ever more top-heavy and bureaucratic, when salvation alone is found in becoming less so — in a new peasant notion of the limited good. Anything produced is seen to come at the expense of others. Absolute wealth is imaginary, relative wealth is not. We would rather be equal and unexceptional than collectively better off with a few more better off still.
Read the rest of Victor Davis Hanson here.
Guy Kawasaki has information on services that permit you to turn tweets into a newspaper or magazine format.
Michael P. Maslanka notes what employment attorneys can learn from Saint Paul.
There are two small management books that have had an enormous influence on me. They didn't get a lot of attention when first published - at least not as much as they deserved - but I find that I keep returning to them to refresh my perspective and stir my thoughts.
A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.
Back by popular demand: Ennio Morricone with his greatest soundtrack.
Devour data. Managers will need to have their "ears to the ground" in order to hear changes as they are coming. That means you'll need to seek out fresh sources of information, intelligence and data. You'll need to follow the example of leaders like A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, who required his top executives to go out into the field and talk to the ordinary women who use P&G products.
Read all of Alan Murray's column in The Wall Street Journal. The guidelines cited strike me as basic management, regardless of the time period.
Beware the Four Beasts that invariably devour their keeper: Ego, Envy, Avarice, and Ambition.
My post on investing in your professional life is up at U.S. News & World Report.
Another account of when "zero tolerance" removes common sense.
You know what I'm talking about.
We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
Paracademia has the "Cognitive Bias Song."
And speaking of films, Wired readers rise to the defense of "Tremors."
In this interview with The Wall Street Journal, producer Roger Corman discusses the decline of the B-movie:
Here's an excerpt from an account of an encounter :
There is no escaping the ageing process – though many pretend it is possible and try hard via surgery and hair dye – other than by death. But there is an escape from an old-attitude. Some aspects of growing older are altogether delightful. You can get away with murder.
I wonder how many avid readers of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon novels could hear the reports of the arrests regarding a plot on the Pope's life without thinking of those thrillers, some of which involve terrorist threats against the Pope.
If a society is to preserve its stability and a degree of continuity, it must know how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, attitudes, values, and fantasies on everyday life.
You may have noticed that the blog roll has been expanded. If I've been linking to your site and your blog is not yet listed, never fear. We're operating from a group of lists and it should be up in due time. If it isn't, send me an email. Sometimes, things just happen and my memory needs a nudge.
The EEOC had evidence that Area Temps used the following code: “hockey player” for white males; “basketball player” for black males; “small hands” for females; and “chocolate cupcake” for young black females. It’s a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for temporary agencies to succumb to client demands like these. It’s also a violation for employers to demand this kind of a selection process.
Read the rest of employment attorney John Phillips's post here.
Author and columnist Diana West notes that a Seattle cartoonist has gone into hiding.
What is the most expensive city in the world?
These are easy ones. Any others?
You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
This photo at BusinessPundit is wrong in so many ways.
Check out this brief clip of the great Louis Calhern in "Executive Suite."
Who says the French are secular?
Most of us are familiar with the police interrogation technique of "good cop, bad cop." The "bad cop" berates the suspect and asks tough questions. The "good cop" is friendlier and offers a better deal or at least some respite from the "bad cop."
Here is an analysis of the story of the female reporter at the New York Jets practice from employment attorney John Phillips. An excerpt:
This used to be on many a morning radio show: A performance once heard, never forgotten.
Which graduate is more attractive in today's job market? Sorry, Ivy Leaguers. This is where state schools win out.
A survey released this week bolstered the argument that the luster of private elite colleges might be fading. Under pressure to cut costs and simplify hiring efforts, U.S. companies are increasingly recruiting from large state schools over private elite institutions, according to The Wall Street Journal's survey of recruiting executives in nearly 30 industries including finance, consulting, marketing and technology.
Read all of the Fortune article here.
Writing in City Journal, Bruce Bawer on the reaction to the proposed Koran burning. An excerpt:
I work in a building that used to have an architectural firm on the entire top floor while the offices of accountants, insurance brokers, staffing firms, and consultants took up the ground floor.
He was a gatekeeper and there were two types of people he kept from entering his territory: Those who could make things worse and those who could make things better.
The Telegraph reports that the Vatican Library has had an extensive renovation. An excerpt:
While digging through some papers, I found this bit of wisdom from Adrian Savage, who used to write the now departed and deeply missed Slow Leadership blog and who wrote many fine management articles under the name of Carmine Coyote:
I suspect that if the truth were known...