Sun Tzu – The Art of War for Managers

June 3, 2011

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Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers

The Arts of War for Managers

Vacations are a great time to get away from your business long enough to truly think about it, free from the daily distractions. This week, while in the Baltic republics, I have been reading Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers. It’s rare for me to read a book from front to back cover, so having succeeded in that regard I can attest that it is a book that even I can get through.
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What do Joshua, Paul Revere and Argentine Ants Have in Common?

February 22, 2011

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In this new social internet age, can anyone doubt our powerful need to communicate a message, to be heard and to act upon that message as a group.

In biblical times, Joshua rallied the Hebrew troops with his shofar, sounding the charge and striking fear in the hearts of the soldiers of Jericho. During the American Revolution, Paul Revere road his horse to fame on a midnight ride to warn the American patriots that “The British are coming!” And you all know that argentine ants, with their acid trails and chemical receptors transmit the message to stampede any threat and devour any food source. Read the rest of this entry »


Minimum Wage and High Living – What We Can Do

November 16, 2010

On November 18th, I’ll be going to a lecture persented by Dr. Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor for the Bill Clinton administration. Dr. Reich is also the author of twelve books, including his recently published book, Aftershock, The Next Economy and America’s Future. In preparation for the lecture, I read his new book, which was a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, that is, for someone who enjoys reading economics.
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The Joy of Cost Cutting

November 11, 2010

Most of us are fans of one sports team or another. At the beginning of each season we enjoy calculating the chances of winning a championship. In the middle, we do some second guessing of players, coaches, managers and ownership. By the end of the season, heads are bowed, wagging from side to side, as we wonder, “How did it come to this?” In the pack of teams, only a few make it to the finals and only one champion team appears.
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The Ant Season has Finally Arrived – But Are You Ready?

July 16, 2010

Each year in southern California, the pest control industry waits for the ant season. Sometimes the ant season starts in April and sometimes it doesn’t arrive until July 4th. Yes, if bad luck rules, than we wait for July 4th, but sure as the sun will shine, the ants come out by July 4th, en mass. So I thought, until this year, when we had to wait for July 9th before the ant season truly started.
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G20 “Passing the Buck”

June 26, 2010

Check out this article in The Guardian as a primer.

This new economic crisis is reaching a feverish level. As if news of a renewed housing slump wasn’t bad enough. The G20 – 1 (the U.S.) would be happy to balance their budgets at the expense of a generous America, which will then need to print dollars and create a further deficit and trade imbalance to prop up the U.S. …. and the world economy. Read the rest of this entry »


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