In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business
A Fortune 500 CEO who repeatedly voiced his desire to entertain a wide range of thinking once publicly clarified that position for me. Skepticism, he averred, is good. It shows your mind is working. Just don’t make a habit of it.
I’m pretty sure Charlan Nemeth would find at least half Continue reading
“Leadership–It’s a System Not a Person”
Daedalus, Summer 2016
By now it should be apparent I rarely seek information where everyone else does. I don’t even really look for it. I just tend to stumble across things and find a use for them later.
That’s certainly the case with the Summer 2016 issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In what has to be one of the more fortuitous Continue reading
A Big Life (in Advertising)
Mary Wells Lawrence
Fall, it seems, exists so I can renew myself. I know, the light is dying, the sky is more likely to be gray than blue and the nip in the air will soon turn to unwelcome arctic blasts. Why that seems to turn me back to the literature of my trade will have to remain a mystery.
Enough about me, let’s talk about Mary. Continue reading
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
In a perfect storm of coincidence the subject of this book was legitimized the week I finished reading it. Legitimacy is welcome since this is a tale, in part, about selling the immeasurable as the irreplaceable even though what it may really be about is behavior that is irredeemable.
That’s a lot of words starting with im- and ir-. If I were you I’d be wondering just what had gotten ahold of me.
The subject, once again, is Wall Street. Most of the time I Continue reading
A Technique for Producing Ideas
James Webb Young
Like everyone, okay, like many people I know, there are days when I doubt the choices I’ve made. I’m talking about the big choices and among the biggest is what I’ve chosen to do to earn my bread.
On the best of days–and oh how I wish there were more of those–I’m pretty certain I could have made another choice. But I’m also pretty certain that the Continue reading
My cognitive dissonance meter started to peg about the time I reached the fish counter.
In Austin, Texas for a conference (working, not attending), and a retail marketer from way back, I had to visit the flagship store of Whole Foods, the behemoth ($14.2 BB in 2014 annual revenue) organic grocery chain that calls that burg home. I’m glad I did if only to have had an experience that Continue reading
Strategy in Poker, Business & War
1. Select the answer below that best completes the following sentence. Game Theory is _________.
a. a California band that worked during the 1980s
b. the subject of the bestselling book and hit film, A Beautiful Mind
c. an advanced branch of mathematics often found to result in migraines and other mental trauma
d. the secret weapon of CEOs in their endless quest to maximize shareholder value
e. all of the above Continue reading