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THE 80/20 WAY TO READ A NON-FICTION BOOK

THE 80/20 WAY TO READ A NON-FICTION BOOK

My tutor at Oxford used to set me weekly essays and give a long reading list of books and articles.  My first reaction was “how can I read all this in a week?”  His reply was smooth and fluent: “Read the Conclusion first, then the Introduction, then the End again, then flick through for interesting arguments or examples.  For goodness sake, Richard, don’t read the whole bloody thing,...

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A NEW WAY TO GET RICH

A NEW WAY TO GET RICH

Rarely it is true that there is a reliable new way to get rich.  Perhaps once in a hundred or two hundred years.  But I’m doing it and it seems to be true.  There are excellent intellectual reasons too.  So I’ll tease you with a romp through history – fascinating to me and I hope to you – before getting to the point. Networks have been great benefactors of humanity – but not...

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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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