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THE TRIUMPH OF THE STRATEGY PARADIGM

THE TRIUMPH OF THE STRATEGY PARADIGM

I’ve just finished reading The Lords of Strategy by Walter Kiechel and it is terrific.  It is 333 pages long and I read it in one day – if you overlook staying up until the early morning to finish it. If you are at all interested in business, read it. But I can summarize in one sentence its main message:     The difference between business today and as it was in the 1960s is...

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BUSINESS = IDEAS IN MOTION

BUSINESS = IDEAS IN MOTION

“People like to think that businesses are built of numbers (“the bottom line”) or forces (“market forces”) or things (“the product”) or flesh and blood (“our people”).  But this is wrong.  Businesses are made of ideas – ideas expressed as words.” So says James Champy.  He is exaggerating.  Enterprises have all these attributes at once – they are numbers, forces,...

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WHERE WILL YOU BE HAPPIEST?

WHERE WILL YOU BE HAPPIEST?

One of the greatest things about life today – as compared, let us say, to that in the nineteenth century and all history before that – is that it is relatively easy to move to somewhere far away from where we grew up.  Probably hundreds of millions of people take advantage of that possibility during their lifetime, though a much smaller number move to a different country.  Like life in...

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THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

A Modern Version – with apologies to Hans Christian Andersen Once upon a time there was an emperor who was so vain, he spent all his subjects’ money on new clothes from abroad. So he was delighted when he was visited by two smooth-talking Italians.  They had the finest cloth imaginable with fantastic colors and patterns.  But what made them truly unique was that they were invisible to all...

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THE CASINO, THE INDIVIDUAL, & SOCIETY

THE CASINO, THE INDIVIDUAL, & SOCIETY

“The relations between the individual and society are like a roulette table.  Society is the banker.  Individuals sometimes win and sometimes lose; but the banker wins always.”  This was writer Somerset Maugham’s provocative take on life. I came across the quote this week and it made me think.  What?  Well, Maugham was half right, and wholly wrong. Two Reasons Why Maugham was...

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