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Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

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We have to move away from Taylorist thinking.

Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today. It isn’t the only deeply-held and rarely examined notion that affects how organizations are run. Managers still assume that stability is the normal state of affairs and change is the unusual state (a point I particularly challenge in The End of Competitive Advantage). Organizations still emphasize exploitation of existing advantages, driving a short-term orientation that many bemoan. (Short-term thinking has been charged with no less than a chronic decline in innovation capability by Clayton Christensen who termed it “the Capitalist’s Dilemma.”) Corporations continue to focus too narrowly on shareholders, with terrible consequences – even at great companies like IBM.

More at HBR: https://hbr.org/2014/07/managements-three-eras-a-brief-history

 

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The pitfalls of making pay ‘transparent’

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What a really, really stupid and unconstitutional idea. That is, for the Federal Government to dictate to private companies that they publish private information.

#gapgate. Sigh. The media hounds are at it again…

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First there was #antennaegate, then the infusible stories on the new Apple iPhone 6 bending (see 5 million articles/posts/videos of whining on #bendgate) under 80 lbs or more of highly unusual physical forces. Now the media and fashion challenged (read: nimrods who stuff their expensive tech in tight fitting jeans, then bend over) people are stuck in “we don’t have a story” mode again (or I’m bored and have no journalism skills?) with a dig on Samsung over #gapgate. Read the rest of this entry »

Whitehurst: on DevOps, apps, and infrastructure; Blogagility – Agile Scrum is the answer

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An analysis

Jim Whitehurst discussed the interactions or lack thereof between infrastructure and operational folks and the guys who are locked in the closet – developers – in an interview with Fredric Paul (Network World). They discussed the fact that software is becoming ever more omnipresent in technology. It is the first level of interaction for users. People do tend to tune out the sleek new hardware and focus on the software experience. And it better be a good one! Not many end users care about the backend. So, Whitehurst asks the important question… Read the rest of this entry »

Great story about the importance of family – Father and Daughter Reunion

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I had to repost this story. This gentleman made a very important, amazing decision to spend more time with his family. He certainly got two of his priorities straight. I wonder if he has #1 correct?

Boss at $2-trillion investment firm PIMCO says 10-year-old daughter made him quit

 

New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Fail Hammer and Blender Tests

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I figured since so MANY people are contributing, well, absolutely nothing to LinkedIn Pulse that I would join in on the fun. People and their endless and negative rants and bashing on various technologies and products only proves one thing — that the writer of the non-article article is uninformed and really only seeks attention or more useless “likes.” Read the rest of this entry »