Quick thoughts and links

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Taking the lazy way out, here are some links that I found educational. And a couple snarky comments thrown in at no charge.

  • My man Nassim Taleb gets angry with a Bloomberg article. And check out commentary here. Taleb is a sensitive guy, and a bit extreme in his views, but he’s still the man. Even if he was taken out of context, I think his point about the US deficit putting us at risk is an important point, even if I want no parts of the political debate  here on the TPS report.
  • WSJ reports on a Booz-Allen study that says that CEO’s hired from within last longer and do better for shareholders. I think there is something to be said for an insider being better positioned to gain support for change. He/she knows who the power brokers are. Plus, it unmasks the prima donna effect – it takes a team and a leader that makes it more about the team than about himself/herself. Having said that, this is a good example of rationalizing after the fact.
  • Taleb talks about the danger of centralization…kinda goes along with the point raised by the TPS report the other day regarding not being able to rationally plan or centrally dictate a “complex” entity such as an economy.
  • Who’s going to win the mobile ads race? I’ve got one idea on how, but clearly, the crowd will make a solid decision.
  • Jeff Haden weighs in on business cliches. He hits home on a couple, and draws a couple shoulder shrugs. Implicit in number 6, “transparency” is a solid message. Leaders that are not upfront or try to hide real motivations are quickly discovered. “Pulling levers” is as ineffective as it is demotivating. On the other hand, face-to-face “telling it like it is” builds trust.
  • Google building Nexus 7 tablet. I’m still happy in my iWorld. Our ability to come up with ways of locking others in has outpaced our rational decision-making.
  • Jason Busch provides some praise for Ariba’s business decisions leading up to its acquisition by SAP.

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One Response to “Quick thoughts and links”

  1. Tom Says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video
    to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about,
    why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when
    you could be giving us something informative to read?

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