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Jan

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Get Good @ Gray

Posted by Randy Boek on January 29, 2015

It is relatively easy for a leader to make good decisions and take the right action when there is solid relevant data and it all points in the same direction. The ability to sort and manipulate endlessly should reduce ambiguity and result in right decisions more easily reached. On the other hand it may actually [...]

May

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Tangible Valuable Fantasy

Posted by Randy Boek on May 26, 2014

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I’ve never played Entropia Universe. The only thing I know about the game is that a virtual asteroid sold for $330,000 (real money) this year according to Tom Chatfield, a longtime gamer.  He is also the arts and books editor at the UK current-affairs magazine Prospect. In his book Fun Inc., he argues that games, with their [...]

May

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Price and Rewards

Posted by Randy Boek on May 23, 2014

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The price of a well-engineered high performance German car is significantly higher than that of a car that will safely and reliably get you where you need to go. The rewards are both tangible – as in measurable performance, observable luxury – and intangible, prestige and self-satisfaction. More subtle, however, than either of the above, [...]

May

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Bring shame back

Posted by Randy Boek on May 19, 2014

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Mom had a saying, “You ought to be ashamed,” and I frequently was.  She also had an accompanying facial expression that eliminated any ambiguity as to her degree of disgust with my behavior. It was a sort of hands-free discipline that worked. Business leaders complain about entitlement philosophy and related behavior on the part of [...]

May

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Too many “teams”

Posted by Randy Boek on May 12, 2014

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I take issue with the fashionable nature of the term “team”. Many books have been written. Business people, we men in particular, seem to like sports and war metaphors to describe business realities. My issue is that pretty much every group of people working together in any organization now is referred to as a team. [...]