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Book Report: Why Should I Choose You?

“This book is about discovering your unique identity as an organization and being able to express that in a simple and compelling way. It is about revealing what it is about you that makes you uniquely remarkable at your very

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Posted in Books, Marketing

Book Report: The Pentagon’s Brain

“Bob Taylor went to DARPA director Charles Herzfeld to request enough money to fund a networked connection linking four different university computers, or nodes. Herzfeld told Taylor he thought it sounded like a good idea but he was concerned about reliability.

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Posted in Books, Math and Science

Schedule or Fantasy?

“Often what looks like a perfectly good schedule turns out to be a fantasy – a wishful projection for how we might spend our very limited time.” – Bruce Tulgan in Not Everyone Gets a Trophy As I was reading Not

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Posted in Books, Careers, Leadership, Management

Book Report: Born to Run

“That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. Way before we were scratching pictures on

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Posted in Books, Math and Science, Sports

Book Report: Obliquity

“In general, oblique approaches recognize that complex objectives tend to be imprecisely defined and contain many elements that are not necessarily or obviously compatible with each other, and that we learn about the nature of the objectives and the means

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Posted in Books, Everything, Leadership, Management

Incompleteness and problem solving

“Almost all real problems are incompletely and imperfectly specified.” – John Kay Did you ever notice that to solve most real-world problems of any complexity, we have to find ways to simplify the situation? Well, economist John Kay noticed, and

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Lessons from three stonemasons

In Obliquity, John Kay says: “An old story tells of a visitor who encounters three stonemasons working on a medieval cathedral, and asks each what he is doing. ‘I am cutting this stone to shape,’ says the first, describing his basic

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