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Archives for July, 2009


Summer time and the computing is easy – what is waiting for you when you get back to the office.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 31, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

It’s the time of year to kick back – a little – it’s the calm before the storm.  With summer halfway gone, late July and early august are two weeks when even people in America seem to be on vacation.  So chances are no one will read this blog entry, at least not right away.  [...]

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Sophie’s Choice metrics – one of the signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 30, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

“The truth, what is the truth?” is the question that Meryl Strep’s character asks at the climax of the Oscar winning movie Sophie’s Choice (1982) Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie’s_Choice_(film).  In the movie the question of truth shapes the characters, their decisions, their weaknesses and ultimately their fate.  Questions regarding the truth have the same effect on [...]

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Sell to the self-aware

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 28, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

U.S. comedian Stephan Wright used to tell a joke about smart business people, “Sell to the stupid rich” was his advice.  Selling to any other group did not make sense as the poor and stupid had no money, the smart poor people would take your idea and do it for less, and the smart rich [...]

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Working your way stupid – one of the signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 27, 2009  |  1 Comment

Déjà vue is more than an experience.  In some organizations the feeling of having been there and done that is part of corporate culture.   Weak management sits at the center of this experience, as the world seems to go by time after time after time.   The repeated experience can easily cause the enterprise work its [...]

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“Free” is worth the expense, a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 26, 2009  |  2 Comments

Free: the future of a radical price  (Free) is a book by Chris Andersen, the editor of Wired and author of the book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More.   Free and profit form an apparent contradiction that is reshaping industries and who we think of commerce.  Chris [...]

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Morgan Stanley vs. Goldman Sachs – Wall Street rebuilds its culture

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 24, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Wall Street is rebuilding its culture a brick at a time.  It has been a little more than a year since the global financial crisis, the markets retreading and the economic recession and the street is starting a return to normal. Aarron Lucchetti wrote an article that appears on the front page of the Money [...]

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Heard it on the grapevine – one of the signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 24, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Information is the currency of management.  In rich companies information flows across the company funding collaboration and fact based decisions.  Managers make decisions with a clear understanding of reality and a way of measuring performance.   In these companies information is a resource for the Poor companies hoard information.  Managers hold information and ‘spend’ it to [...]

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Listen for the language of the economy

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 23, 2009  |  2 Comments

Talking about the recovery is all the rage.  While it may be too early to know where the economy is going, its time to start listening to what people are saying and the language we use to describe what is going on.  Language reflects and directs our attention and expresses both how we think and [...]

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Strategic constipation – one of the signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 22, 2009  |  2 Comments

Everyone knows that the company is facing a number of challenges.  Just ask people what is wrong and you will get an earful of reasons why things are not what they are supposed to be.  There are many reasons.  There are even more answers regarding what the company should do.  When you ask, so what [...]

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The Little Red Hen – one of the signs of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 21, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

Tough times require leaders to commit to delivering results.  Weak managers see this as a time to sit on the side and only jump onto the bandwagon when the results are clear.  Strong managers on the other hand, play the role of the little red hen and get to work.  A red hen sees the [...]

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