Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bizarre and Funny: Check It Out

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Some More "Feel Good" Movies from Hollywood

Horror film alert. The trailers for:
Just once I'd like to see a film where when people are told not to enter a room, they don't. 

Justice as a Game of Chance

If justice is a neutral process - with no effort by judges to rein in extreme claims or dubious defenses - then people know they can't rely on their instincts of what's reasonable. They become self-conscious and defensive in daily dealings. For them to feel free in daily interactions, legal boundaries must correspond with their reasonable sense of right and wrong. 

- Philip K. Howard

Old School: The Allure of a Tangible Product

Following the Old School redevelopment updates at Anderson Layman's Blog has been a pleasure.

[For the latest, see the boiler room update and the paving of the parking area.]

Their first tenant will arrive in August.

The Joys of Summer

The trailer for "Stealing Beauty."

The Formidable Complaint of the Patient Person

The Hammock Papers - always a place for calm deliberation - has an observation by William F. Buckley Jr. on complaining.

The Incomparable Bate

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Whether his thoughts are brilliant or jagged, Nicholas Bate deserves a daily visit.

Our Man Marcus

The Sovereign Professional is adding to my reading stack.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Quick Look

The trailer for "Edie."

Bock's Assignments

Wally Bock has posted leadership reading assignments for the weekend.

Always good stuff.

Stop Feeling Guilty about It

Sidewalk sign displaying "Good Vibes Only" on Sunset Strip

[Photo by Mark Adriane at Unsplash]

Art Markman at Harvard Business Review notes we're never going to get "caught up" at work.

Today is the Birthday of The Rigg

The Joy of Job Searches

The trailer for "Post Grad."

Another Knife Fight with the Skin Doc

Fun in the sun

I have a pressure bandage on my forehead that is. well, exerting pressure. I get to replace it around noon. The stitches will be removed in a week. I look like Herman Munster on a bad day. The skin doc is quite expert at carving parts of my forehead: products of a childhood staked out in the sun.

Fortunately, today can be spent with a client project in front of a computer so I don't need to sport my new look in front of an audience that would be collectively wondering, "What the hell happened to him?"

Just took some Tylenol and am waiting for it to kick in. It's taking its sweet time.

Neighborhood House Names

There's a house in our neighborhood that we refer to as "the Goldstein house." Although the Goldsteins have not lived in the house for years, that house, like a few other houses near us, continues to carry the name of the previous owner.

Or, in some cases, the previous previous previous owner.

This odd practice may occur even if we know the names of the current residents. A house gets named and that's it. Boom. Next subject. Mentioning the current owner would simply confuse things. They must live with the knowledge that the long-time families in the neighborhood pigeon-holed their property with a name from days of yore.

Perhaps after a decade or so the current owner's name will be used.


Quote of the Day

How to write. Butt in chair. Start each day anywhere. Let yourself do it badly. Just take one passage at a time. Get butt back in chair.

- Anne Lamott

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


The trailer for "Three Identical Strangers."

The Proposed Three States of California

[Photo by Conner Murphy at Unsplash]

The drive to split California into three states has hit a roadblock.

One of the early mistakes was not naming them Larry, Moe, and Curly.

Quick Look

The trailer for "One, Two, Three."

Advice to the World: Relax

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Update: The Execupundit Batch of Leadership and Management Books

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I have no doubt that the list has omitted some great books.

Arbinger Institute, The. Leadership and Self-Deception.

Aurelius, Marcus, Meditations.

Barnes, John A. Ulysses S. Grant on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Front Lines.

Bate, Nicholas. Instant MBA.

Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader.

Bennis, Warren and Burt Nanus. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. 

Berlinski, Claire. There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.

Blanchard, Ken. Leading at a Higher Level.

Buckingham, Marcus, and Curt Coffman. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently.

Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller.

Clavell, James. Tai-Pan.

Clearfield, Chris and Andras Tilcsik. Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It.

Collins, James C. Good to Great.

Collins, James C.  and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last.

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Drucker, Peter F. The Effective Executive.

Drucker, Peter F. The Practice of Management.

Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Farson, Richard. Management of the Absurd: Paradoxes in Leadership. 

Ferriss, Tim. Tools of Titans.

Fick, Nathaniel. One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer.

Fink, Steven. Crisis Management.

Fournies, Ferdinand. Why Employees Don’t Do What They are Supposed to Do and What to Do About It.

Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning.

Frisch, Bob. Who’s in the Room? How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them. 

Gaddis, John Lewis. On Grand Strategy.

Gates, Robert M. A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service.

Gray, Colin S. Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy.

Graves, Robert. I, Claudius.

Grenny, Joseph, Kerry Patterson, David Maxwell, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change. 

Halberstam, David. The Best and the Brightest.

Hall, Thomas and Wally Bock. Ruthless Focus: How to Use Key Core Strategies to Grown Your Business.

Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. 

Heifetz, Ronald and Marty Linsky. Leadership On the Line: Staying Alive Through The Dangers of Change. 

Holiday, Ryan. The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.

Johnson, Paul. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties.

Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA.

Keller, Gary with Jay Papasan. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.

Kets de Vries, Manfred. The Leadership Mystique: A User’s Manual for Human Enterprise. 

Kidder, Rushworth M. Moral Courage.

Koch, Richard. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less.

Kotter, John P. A Sense of Urgency. 

LeBoeuf, Michael. GMP: The Greatest Management Principle in the World. 

Martin, Roger. The Responsibility Virus. 

McChesney, Chris, Sean Covey and Jim Huling. The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

McChrystal, General Stanley. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. 

McCullough, David. John Adams.

McKeown, Greg. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Miller, Donald. Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen.

Mintzberg, Henry. Simply Managing: What Managers Do – and Can Do Better. 

Murrow, David. Why Men Hate Going to Church. 

Pascale, Richard Tanner. Managing on The Edge: How the Smartest Companies Use Conflict to Stay Ahead. 

Myrer, Anton, Once an Eagle.

O'Brian, Patrick. Master and Commander and the entire Aubrey-Maturin series of novels.

O'Connor, Edwin. The Last Hurrah.

Peters, Tom. The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last.

Peters, Tom and Robert Waterman. In Search of Excellence.

Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

Rapaille, Clotaire. The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do. 

Ricks, Thomas E. The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.

Ries, Eric. The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture & Drive Long-Term Growth.

Sacks, Rabbi Jonathan. Lessons in Leadership: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible.

Schlender, Brent and Rick Tetzeli. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader.

Seidman, Dov. How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything. 

Sowell, Thomas. A Conflict of Visions.

Stavridis, James and R. Manning Ancell. The Leader's Bookshelf.

Stroup, Jim. Managing Leadership: Toward a New and Usable Understanding of What Leadership Really Is - and How to Manage It. 

Sull, Donald and Kathleen Eisenhardt. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World.

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. 

Tannen, Deborah. That’s Not What I Meant! 

Tett, Gillian. The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. 

Thiel, Peter. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. 

Thompson, George J. and Jerry B. Jenkins. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion.

Trompenaars, Fons. Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business. 

Vidal, Gore. Lincoln.

Wade, Michael. All I Said Was: What Every Supervisor, Employee, and Team Should Know to Avoid Insults, Lawsuits, and the Six O'Clock News.

Wade, Michael. EEO Management: How to Advance Equal Opportunity Without Using Quotas or Singing Kumbaya.

Wade, Michael. How to Make Presentations to Councils and Boards: The Presentation Guide to Read When You Don't Have Time to Read a Guide.

Whittle, Chris. The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.

Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and His Generals.

Wilson, James Q. Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It.

Winget, Larry. It's Called Work for a Reason: Your Success is Your Own Damn Fault.

A Must Buy

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The Andrew Wyeth stamps.

[HT: Texas Leigh]

Quote of the Day

An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes.

- Brent Scowcroft

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The trailer for "Bohemian Rhapsody."

On the Off Chance

1965 Chevy Corvette, Blue - Maisto 31640 - 1/18 Scale Diecast Model Toy Car

Caught in the Amazon Prime Days sales frenzy, I checked to see if they offer a 1965 Corvette. 

Unfortunately, they only have a scale model. 

Get with it, Bezos.

John Huston

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Back by popular demand: John Huston accepting the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1983.

Take a few minutes. You will smile.

Quick Look

The trailer for "The Tailor of Panama."

I had a chance to visit the Panama Canal Zone on an interesting project at one point in the Seventies but my schedule wouldn't permit it. That remains a great regret.

First Paragraph

Each day begins like any other. Gently. Cautiously. The way he likes it. A dawn wind through the forest, the questioning calls of obscure birds. He hears the flutelike song, cool as silver, of a hermit thrush.

- From Black Sun by Edward Abbey

Monday, July 16, 2018

Name a Country on the Map

From the Jimmy Kimmel Show: A simple question with scary results.

Sound Move

FutureLawyer is not retiring nor does he have any plans to do so.

Quick Look

The trailer for "Fortitude."

Better Intelligence

An aerial shot of brightly-colored jigsaw puzzle pieces

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In personal and professional lives, it is enormously helpful if the warring forces of Feeling versus Rational Thought frequently evaluate the power and appeal of their opponent and perhaps even consider an alliance.

The Myth of Old Files

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In your dream, one day you'll be searching through that mass of files packed with old documents and there, tucked in the back of the twelfth or the twentieth file in the bottom drawer, will be a paper from a long-forgotten project that will provide instant insight on a current matter.

In reality, you'll just have a bunch of old files that should have been thrown out years ago.

Art Film

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Atari Attorney

FutureLawyer remembers his first computer.

Remember when Atari was cutting edge?

Quote of the Day

The impossible is impossible; it is a condition, not a problem for which a solution has yet to be found.

- Colin S. Gray