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Cultural Offering has a "bad meeting case study."
So true. I have seen meetings during which a flag could have been raised at the point when all that follows will be in descent.
Commentary by Michael Wade on Leadership, Ethics, Management, and Life
Cultural Offering has a "bad meeting case study."
Michael Lewis, author of "The Big Short," is being sued for defamation. I haven't read the book, but enjoyed his first best seller, "Liar's Poker." Anyone who read that one no doubt recalls The Barracuda.
Why Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels may be far more formidable than the usual presidential candidate. An excerpt:
Business schools give students the illusion of relevant learning: an illusion later dispelled at work. Business school students learn a vocabulary that enables them to speak authoritatively on subjects they do not understand. They also learn a set of principles that have demonstrated their ability to withstand large amounts of disconfirming evidence.
If you want to avoid making a major mistake while introducing change in an organization, emphasize process instead of a program. Implement on-going procedures and monitoring mechanisms that will continue long after you and other change advocates have departed.
Some blogs are interesting and some make you a better person. Michael P. Maslanka's blog does both. Here is one example. Here is another. A memorable excerpt:
The Cranky Professor has a good question about The Pantheon. Hmm.
Which of the following do you find to be a lapse of telephone etiquette? Which is the worst?
Hmm. TiVos for reading? Business Week has the details.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Eclecticity has a slide that a CEO used at manager orientations.
“Never go to Costco hungry. But if you do, a Leatherman tool works really well for cutting up the roast chicken you start eating in the parking lot. And you will be extremely grateful for that roll of paper towels you find in the trunk of your car, trust me on this. ”
In New York City, the No. 2 guy in the fire department retired on a pension worth $242,000 a year. In New York State, a single official holding two jobs and one pension took in $641,000. A lieutenant with the Port Authority police retired with an annual pension of $196,767, and 738 of the city's teachers, principals and such have pensions worth more than $100,000 a year. Their former employer, it goes almost without saying, is steamed. Their former employer is me.
Read the rest of Richard Cohen here.
The interviews with the management team have been "sponge time" during which as much information as possible is soaked up. The next stage is reserved for analysis. The stage after that will be devoted to questioning the analysis. Only then will it be wise to shape the conclusions.
"Do you really believe that they are guilty?"
I'm worried. If the Japanese keep making movies as good as this one, Hollywood's days are numbered.
Richard Norton Smith on a presidential friendship. An excerpt:
An appropriate clip for the day from the series, "John Adams."
Historian David McCullough in an address at Hillsdale College:
The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.
Joseph Epstein on the arcane nature of politics in Chicago. An excerpt:
On an August night 15 years ago, I drove to Coney Island to play basketball. Arriving just after dinner, I set up camp at a court on the corner of Mermaid and 25th Street, nestled beside a large public housing project. I ran games late into the night with a small group, including a hulking gentleman named Tank who had a mouthful of gold teeth, and a younger chap, Nick, who was missing a finger on his right hand. Nick’s torso was dotted with small, round scars from old gun wounds.
Read the rest of Jonathan V. Last on the rise of street soccer.
Guy Kawasaki has an article on the lessons we can learn from:
FutureLawyer finds a keyboard for his tablet.
A fun break at Eclecticity. You will smile.
Fake medical excuses being handed out by doctors at the Wisconsin demonstrations?
I’m a physician. I take care of patients. Yes indeed, if I were to give a doctor’s note to someone without conducting a proper medical evaluation (however brief), I’d be guilty of improper behavior and ethics and could be brought before the medical licensing board.
However, there’s another name for this: FRAUD. The teachers will use these notes to justify their absences and collect their pay. Both the doctors and the teachers are perpetrating a fraud.
Read the rest at Instapundit.com.
Here's an unusual glimpse at two very talented individuals, George C. Scott and Peter Sellers. It was made in connection with "Dr. Strangelove" and you only hear one side of the interview, but it is nonetheless a revealing clip. Scott's line about Afghanistan is memorable as is the array of accents from Sellers.
From The American Film Institute : 100 movie quotes.
Political Calculations has a very interesting way to present information:
Bob Morris reviews Hugh MacLeod's Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination. An excerpt:
Go to Cultural Offering for a bit of genius both in music written and music performed.
Dr. Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse. He had attended a surprisingly easy calving, lanced one abscess, extracted one molar, dosed one lady of easy virtue with Salvarsan, performed an unpleasant but spectacularly fruitful enema, and had produced a miracle by a feat of medical prestidigitation.
Stefan Kanfer gives his top five list. An excerpt:
Some work on various committee projects over the past year has reminded me of a great truth: A large number of people do not do their homework.
Marvelous advice on improvement at Cultural Offering.
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Stanley Bing proposes some killer apps. An excerpt:
Reka posts her favorite SuperBowl car commercials. [Mine was the Darth Vader one.]
Stephen Schwartz was raised a communist in the San Francisco Bay Area and once worked for the Cubans. Then he became a Republican and converted to Islam in the Balkans. When he’s not busy with his duties as the director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, he writes books and articles for magazines like The Weekly Standard.
But I never cleared a single dark forest by plopping myself down in the path and giving up. And not one single time did my worrying pay dividends.
Start the day right. Read the rest at Cultural Offering.
My list of novels with special insight on human nature continues to grow:
Back by popular demand: Five for Fighting with "100 Years."
Cultural Offering presents four different musical styles for Valentine's Day.
Writing in Reason, Shikha Dalmia on Bollywood's impact in an unlikely area. An excerpt:
Here's an unusual Valentine to Emily Dickinson fans.
Getting mellow is very nicely done at Sensory Dispensary: Gary Moore and Phil Lynott.
Freud and Lewis take turns throughout “Freud’s Last Session” becoming each other’s patients for psychoanalysis—a pursuit that sometimes leads to frustration, but always clarifies both their motives as they deliver their philosophical arguments. As the arguments of the play move more deeply into the men’s personal biographies, we start to see their commonalities. Indeed, the main satisfaction of the play is the irony of two extraordinary intellects arguing religious belief on rational grounds, at the same time trying to uncover each other’s hidden motives, getting at the “world beneath the world.”
At one point, Lewis remarks that it is madness to think the two could settle such questions in an afternoon. Freud replies that the greater madness would be not to think about such things at all.
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Timely: The movie trailer for Atlas Shrugged.
Andrew Ferguson on the classic budget battle between Stockman and Weinberger:
Amateurs discuss tactics and rank amateurs discuss grand strategy while professionals discuss logistics.
Sometimes it's no fun being right. Last February I wrote that the concern about uncontrollable acceleration in Toyota (TM) cars was just so much humbug. As the findings on the government investigation into these allegations proved, I was proven correct. What I would prefer, however, is that the media would take the time to report a story accurately rather than just stir up a public frenzy in pursuit of ratings.
Read the rest of Ed Wallace in Business Week.
I wandered into the coffee shop and was three steps inside the door when a little elderly man with a blue ball cap approached and began a tale about a burglar who'd stepped on a pit bull. I listened politely to his vivid description of the injuries, asked a few questions, waited while he outlined what happened at the trial, and then escaped to the lunch counter where I wondered, "Why me?"
Just another day in the life of Nicholas "The Man Who Never Sleeps" Bate.
I'm talking to a couple of groups today about ethics.
An iPhone app for confession? What's next? Avatars?
I posted this item on the Dutch years ago and it's still drawing comments. You never know what will strike a nerve.
"Anywhere in the world that social psychologists see women or minorities underrepresented by a factor of two or three, our minds jump to discrimination as the explanation,” said Dr. Haidt, who called himself a longtime liberal turned centrist. “But when we find out that conservatives are underrepresented among us by a factor of more than 100, suddenly everyone finds it quite easy to generate alternate explanations.”
Mary Jo Asmus explores an often overlooked issue:
Douglas Murray on the European shift against multiculturalism. An excerpt:
I look better, feel better, make love better and I'll tell you something else...I never lied better.
There are a couple of great rules in this post by Miki Saxon.
Among law enforcement officials around the world, the city of 120,000 has a nickname: Hackerville. It’s something of a misnomer; the town is indeed full of online crooks, but only a small percentage of them are actual hackers. Most specialize in ecommerce scams and malware attacks on businesses. According to authorities, these schemes have brought tens of millions of dollars into the area over the past decade, fueling the development of new apartment buildings, nightclubs, and shopping centers. Râmnicu Vâlcea is a town whose business is cybercrime, and business is booming.
Read the Wired article. Scary stuff.
From William Langwiesche's article in Vanity Fair:
Historian Edmund Morris on five myths about Ronald Reagan:
I've said to my wife repeatedly, I just want on my gravestone, 'He loved dogs' and 'Bueller, Bueller.'
While the details differ from one nation to the next, the common element is failure—not just of young people to find a place in society, but of society itself to harness the energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm of the next generation. Here's what makes it extra-worrisome: The world is aging. In many countries the young are being crushed by a gerontocracy of older workers who appear determined to cling to the better jobs as long as possible and then, when they do retire, demand impossibly rich private and public pensions that the younger generation will be forced to shoulder.
Read the rest of the Business Week article here.
"The Hobbit": They start filming in March.
This will keep you up nights. You can find the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report here.
Myron Magnet on the vision of James Madison:
Take a few minutes today to read this post from Sippican Cottage. An excerpt:
What they should have had during half-time.
This is a day for memorable commercials.
You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
Back by popular demand: Tom Rush and The Remember Song.
Here are some observations from the great coach.
The ultimate in cross-cultural communication: Dread Zeppelin Meets Godzilla.