- Some people think leadership is about making everyone check with you about stuff. Sometimes people are at least good at talking about leadership, but aren’t great at doing it. General McChrystal – at the very minimum – is excellent at the talking part. Watch the General Stanley McChrystal TED talk here.
- The UK horse meat scandal is of almost no interest to me, other than the reminder that society is often herded along…directly into the abyss of randomness. Captain Hindsight solves no problems.
- One of these days, I will get around to publishing my ‘Business Principles of Leadership’ on this blog and on the Prometheus Procurement website. Admittedly, some of the points are based on the excellent ‘Eleven Principles of Leadership’ from the US Navy. But there won’t be eleven. Or even ten…so it’s all good. Check out the Command Performance Leadership blog for the 11 points and commentary. Patience is a virtue, folks.
- Paul Krugman wrote a nice counter to those that say data does not matter. As an economist turned procurement consultant, I hope he’s right…mostly because I seem to be one of a small crew that actually understands them. Yippee!?
- The downside of understanding stats is having to stand by, trying not to damage friendships when, for instance, people site statistics that can justify the performance of a team with the longest consecutive streak of losing seasons in US major professional sports history.
- Leadership in procurement (prometheusprocurement.com)
- Top 25: What corporate America is reading, January 2013 (sacbee.com)
- Krugman vs. Reagan (nationalreview.com)
- Paul Krugman: Sequester of Fools (economistsview.typepad.com)
- Krugman: GOP’s ‘Problem Is Their Base Is Old White People’ (huffingtonpost.com)