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SHOULD WE GIVE UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

SHOULD WE GIVE UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

The question came into my mind just now when reading some words written in 1944 from a Nazi prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Where self-respect is abandoned, where the feeling for human quality and the power of reserve decay, chaos is at the door.  Where impudence is tolerated for the sake of material comfort, self-respect is abandoned, the flood-gates are opened … That is a crime against...

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SUPERIOR STRATEGY = DIFFERENT STRATEGY

SUPERIOR STRATEGY = DIFFERENT STRATEGY

One of the pleasures of being an author who’s written several books is that you can occasionally go back and re-read previous works, and, if they are any good, it’s really surprising how much you can teach yourself!  Today I picked up a book of mine I haven’t re-read for ages – it’s called Smart Strategy, and even though I say so myself, it’s quite fun! This post concentrates on an early section...

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AN OLDIE & SHORTY BUT GOODY: THE VON MANSTEIN MATRIX

AN OLDIE & SHORTY BUT GOODY: THE VON MANSTEIN MATRIX

“There are only four types of officer.  First, there are the lazy, stupid ones.  Leave them alone – they do no harm.  Second, there are the hard-working intelligent ones.  They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered.  Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones.  These people are a menace and must be fired at once.  They create irrelevant work for...

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THE SUPREME VIRTUE OF ‘HAVING BEEN’

THE SUPREME VIRTUE OF ‘HAVING BEEN’

“Man considers only the stubble field of transitoriness, and overlooks the full granaries of the past, wherein he has salvaged once and for all his deeds, his joys, and also his sufferings.  Nothing can be undone, and nothing can be done away with.  I should say, having been is the surest kind of being.” My text for this post comes from Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor who developed...

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11 FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS CONCEPTS

11 FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS CONCEPTS

“Conceptual thinking is the skeleton or the framework on which all the other choices are sorted out.  A concept is by its nature an oversimplification.  Yet its fundamental relationships are so powerful and important that they will tend to override all except the most extreme exceptions.” So wrote the Pope of business thinking – Bruce Henderson – in 1977.  “Concepts are simple in statement,” he...

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