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I’ve linked to something like The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List in the past. This blog post connected some dots for me though by mentioning that people get together to discuss the books. Sort of a book club/development group. I like that. I may need to find some like minded professionals in LA (westside/south bay) […]

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According to the article, Hope on the Battlefield, less than 1 in 5 US soldiers actually could bring themselves to shoot at the enemy during World War II. It seems that killing is something that most people are quite reluctant to do, and while people would risk their own lives trying to help comrades, when […]

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How to Run a Meeting Like Google

How to Run a Meeting Like Google features some great ideas for running meetings. I particularly like the idea of projecting a ticking stop watch. I wonder if people actually pay any attention to it.

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Change or Die

How do you motivate people to change when even fear of death isn’t enough to motivate people to change? In Fast Company’s story, Change or Die suggests it takes reframing for a more emotional message, and radical, sweeping changes. “If you look at people after coronary-artery bypass grafting two years later, 90% of them have […]

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Strategy Canvas

It’s basically just enforcing the K.I.S.S. approach to communication, but I find the idea of a Strategy Canvas to be very interesting. Maybe I’ve just spent too much time in meetings where people seem to be talking just to hear themselves speak, but if you can reduce the strategy to just a few main ideas, […]

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Public Perception of Price Fairness

An interesting summary of a research paper into public perceptions of price fairness. Most people seem to feel they are getting raked over the coals, and reminding/educating them with respect to other costs makes little or no difference in perception.

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An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

I need to spend some time internalizing the lessons contained in Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth In particular I will start by focussing on #2 Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may […]

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Today Was a Bad Day

Some days are better than others. Today was not one of them. We’d been anticipating layoffs for a while, and today I had to swing the axe. Never a fun job.

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Who’s Minding the Store

So true it defies description. ClickZ had some great articles this week. They must have a new editor or something. Pick One: Open Methodology or Slave to Technology You wouldn’t believe how many companies place their businesses at the mercy of their technology. You’d expect technology to be at the beck and call of business […]

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Brainstorming Innovation

Lots of interesting ideas here I particularly like this adivice for beginning a brainstorming session: *"stupid and ridiculous" is a terrific technique for stimulating new ideas. Just have people think of 3 really stupid and ridiculous ideas. That releases a lot of inhibitions, energizes thinking, prompts a lot of laughter and usually pulls up some […]

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