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Category Archives: Human Resources

Mutual incomprehension

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been referring to a central military maxim, fundamentally relevant to our purposes as well, which states that the commander’s first responsibility is to his mission, and only his second is to his troops. We noted that military organizations are characterized by the organizational reconciliation of these two instincts […]

Roundup: Catching up

A lot of interesting stuff has been going on over the past few weeks. A good bit of it touches on themes we’ll likely be visiting, here, soon, so let’s take a closer look at some of it . . .

Genuine geniuses

What are those, exactly – geniuses? Are they just super-intelligent people? As we noted yesterday, there is a strong inclination to presume so. Indeed, it is common to rate smartness as ascending by degree from basic common sense, to intelligence, to genius. But we’ve seen before that genius may not be all it’s cracked up to be . . .

You think you’re so smart

Of course, we all do think we’re smart, don’t we? Certainly, those who challenge us on the matter think they are. And, as we’ve seen, often the least radiant among us think they shine the brightest of all. But what if we really are smart . . .

Roundup: Capitalism and rampant self-interest

How do we run our businesses, and how do they interact with their markets? A recent WSJ editorial cartoon has a manager reporting back to the CEO on the results of a new initiative: “Productivity is up twenty percent since your picture was installed on our screen savers.” And Murat Yetkin, a Turkish columnist, yesterday made an interesting comparison between the fall in 1991 of an “oppressive socialism unconcerned with people” and what he sees as the collapse today of “a spoiled, aggressive type of capitalism which ignores human concerns.” Is that what’s going on? Are we just swinging from one extreme to the other in a competition over how best to exploit workers and consumers? Let’s take a brief look . . .