Tag: Values

Dan Barry — incredibly inspirational

Heard “Dan Barry”:http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_T._Barry speak at USC grad this past week. What an amazing story. Was rejected by NASA for like 15 years running and refused to give up. Finally made it as an astronaut at age 37. An amazing tale […]

Best recruiting tool ever — Valve employee handbook

Leaked today and linked to broadly — “Valve new employee handbook (pdf)”:http://cdn.flamehaus.com/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf I’m ready to sign up and start next week. I don’t know that this model would work for every industry and for every scale company, but man is […]

Pixar story rules — relevant for us all

At “Ritholtz”:http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/04/21-pixar-story-rules/, who lifted them from “Pixar TOuch”:http://www.pixartouchbook.com/blog/2011/5/15/pixar-story-rules-one-version.html who in turn lifted them from “Emma Coats”:https://twitter.com/#!/lawnrocket. Great stuff, relevant for so much more than movie making. We all have stories to tell every day, many of these tips are relevant […]

An obsession with failure

What a great article at @farnamstreet — “An obsession with failure”:http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/03/an-obsession-with-failure/. People that worry about their failures, who take responsibility for them, who consider what else they might have done, tend to be the strongest performers over time. I’ve always […]

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be effective?

Relating to my post about effective business communication the other day, here’s a “great post on being right vs. being effective.”:http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/02/do-you-want-to-be-right-or-do-you-want-to-be-effective/. Of course it is best to be effective AND be right — being wrong and effective leads to epic […]

John Scalzi reminds me we are all short timers

John Scalzi wrote an “excellent essay today on the impermanence of art”:http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/01/30/a-small-meditation-on-art-commerce-and-impermanence — none of us know the top 10 books of 100 years ago, or even the authors of the books. I’m betting the same dynamic holds true in […]

Getting US Citizens Out Of Trouble

Journalists Rejoin Relieved Friends, Family in U.S. – washingtonpost.com — it is awesome that these folks have been freed, and it is generally a good thing that we have found a way to talk to North Korea and have a […]


@chrisfhoward reminded me of my own post today — A Little Ludwig Goes A Long Way » Blog Archive » Icebergs. A good reminder for me. I also think a lot these days about the leaders in our financial industries […]

Blame and responsibility

Nice quote here: “He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived.” – Chinese proverb, via Millionaires Say They Were Failed by […]

Election thoughts

Rich, with his reflections on the recent election, has inspired me to share a few of my own personal thoughts. Like many commentators, I am inspired by the actions of the electorate, overcoming a history of bias and bigotry to […]

A SWOT Analysis On America

A SWOT Analysis On America. Don’t agree with many of the detailed points but the core idea of looking at our situation with a SWOT analysis is a good idea.  Too often as I read the papers these days, I […]

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City of Saints and Madmen
Cowboy Angels
Deep State
Cleopatra: A Life
Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
A Journey: My Political Life
The Post-Birthday World
The Hunter
This Is Not a Game
Rules of Deception
Denial of Sunlight
Sixty-One Nails
The Glass Room

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