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Miscellaneous and Fast

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City Journal on The Whitney's Grant Wood retrospective. The Weekly Standard : Michael Crow's extraordinary performance at Arizona State University. FutureLawyer asks a key question. The trailer for " The Bridge of San Luis Rey." Nicholas Bate adds a steel water bottle to the Excellence Kit-Bag.

Seeking Silence

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The Hammock Papers has Thomas Merton's thoughts on silence. I find myself seeking silence far more than in the past: turning off the radio while in the car, pausing in my work for brief moments of meditation, and settling into a quiet place where I can simply consider what is being overlooked.

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GQ's PC Reading List

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[Photo by Morgan Basham at Unsplash] The editors of GQ list " 21 books you don't have to read." Understatement alert: They don't make their case.

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The End of Anything is a Danger Zone

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[Photo by Brooke Lark at Unsplash] I've heard that one of the most dangerous stages of any road trip is when you are returning home and are close to your house. You may be tired and thus let down your guard. Perhaps you are less attentive because you have - at least in your mind - already returned.

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Bock's Assignments

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Wally Bock has some weekend leadership reading assignments for us. [I I am especially interested in the self-employed article

The Dirty and Dangerous Streets of San Francisco

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San Francisco Chronicle: A tourism leader calls for a clean-up. That is long overdue. It is truly sad what years of poor decisions have done to a once-charming city

White Coat Syndrome

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Instapundit has info on why it is wise to have your blood pressure taken twice at the doctor's office. I routinely do so. Mine is always much lower the second time. Of course, the initial test is right after the scariest part of the doctor's office visit: the scale

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Discover the System

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[Photo by Stefan Stefancik at Unsplash] Most of us are familiar with the management maxim: That which is rewarded gets done. What is often missed is a serious review of just what gets rewarded. Note: not who gets rewarded, but what.]

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Merit Unless

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[ Photo by Pete Bellis at Unsplash] "We hire on merit unless. it's a close relative of a friend or business associate." we need to get the feds off our back in which case we'll use quotas and deny that we ever did so." we hear otherwise from the boss." the person just looks the part."

Because a Developer's Day is Never Done

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Anderson Layman's Blog has on-going posts on the work involved with a development project. Great stuff

"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history"

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The competition is fierce but I believe that Adlai Stevenson's narration of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" remains the best

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John Wayne on Insults

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"I've always followed my father's advice: He told me, first, to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to.

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It Always Works for Me

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[Photo by Marion Michele at Unsplash] Cultural Offering has evidence of an effective motivation technique

Miscellaneous and Fast

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Political Calculations: Inventions and the Future of Ironing. Twitchy: Michael Cohen's third client. Fistful of Talent: Kylie Quetell on the Impostor Syndrome. The Onion on the Comey-Trump relationship. The Cramped: The Pen Addict before The Pen Addict. Daily Mail: Safety issues and Allegiant Air.

Thiel's Perspectives

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[Photo by Ember + Ivory at Unsplash.] Take a little time and listen to these excerpts from talks where Peter Thiel discusses success

Something Else

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[Photo by Aaron Burden at Unsplash] We are used to considering things. We buy cars and houses, clothes and food. We have family, friends, and viewpoints as well as allegiances and beliefs.

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Go See

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[Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov at Unsplash] I could request a report, but I'd better go see. I could make a call but I will learn more if I go see.

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Inviting the Locals

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Looking over Parkland across to Stirling Castle. . Photo Credit VisitScotland. Local tours aren’t usually the highlight of a conference, but for the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), they’re an essential — and beloved — part of the program.

Arup Settles $1.7B Australia Toll Road Revenue Forecast Suit

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As defense breaks down, AE is mum on the pact amount, estimated at about $80 million, reports say

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Stay Curious

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Great Companions

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[Photo by Luke Chesser at Unsplash] When the world closes in, I often find myself in the company of Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, and Bach

4 Important Truths about Leadership

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[Photo by Hue Graphy at Unsplash] Wally Bock's brief post on four important truths about leadership contains more wisdom than a pack of leadership books

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Art Break: Reuters

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Art Contrarian looks at the Volkswagen illustrations of Bernd Reuters

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Congratulations!

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All hail FutureLawyer (a.k.a. Rick Georges, Attorney at Beach) for the recognition by Sui Generis as a top technology site for lawyers! It is well-deserved and totally expected by those of us who have followed his excellent blog for years

Decision versus Outcome

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[Photo by Samuel Zeller at Unsplash] I often hear people say "It was a mistake" when referring to a decision that resulted in a bad outcome. What they might want to consider is that not every bad outcome means that the initial decision was a mistake.

In the Background

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Eclecticity Light

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Where does he find this stuff

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The List

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Workplaces are awash in stereotypes and labels. When there is little time to get to know someone, it is convenient to assign a brief description and put them in a box: "Classic Engineer." Ambitious MBA." Weasel." Door Mat." Gossip." Conformist." Savvy Techie." Smooth Talker." Loose Cannon."

5 Best Data Viz Tools of 2017

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People process images much quicker than words. And in a world of ever-growing data sets… Read More.

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A New Batch of Random Thoughts

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My new book is at Amazon. It contains 701 Random Thoughts, most of which at one point were posted on this blog.

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Balance

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[Photo by Beto Galetto at Unsplash] Every day brings the same - usually unspoken - questions: how much is too much and how little is too little? Whether it is in planning, activity or environment, those questions are important and if one area is out of balance then the others are affected

Uncle Earl

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If today's political scene seems unusual, here's a 1959 news-reel clip on the unforgettable Earl K. And if you haven't read Liebling's book, you are missing a classic

"Must"

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[Photo by Ben White at Unsplash] "Must read" "Must see" "Must hear" "Must buy" "Must have" "Must believe" "Must support" "Must visit" "Must experience" "Must do" "Must" must not mean what it used to mean

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The Ability to Question

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[Photo by Thomas Martinsen at Unsplash] A management lesson remembered: Years ago, I handled Equal Employment Opportunity matters for the City of Phoenix. Our team was very successful at preventing discrimination.

Enjoyment

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[Photo by John Mark Kuznietsov at Unsplash] "I always enjoy what I'm doing because I don't do things that I don't enjoy." - Comment by a wise old friend during a recent conversation

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Saturday Thought

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Churchill's post-Pearl Harbor address to Congress was a work of political genius. Its structure was artistic, with four sections that could be titled: I We They Us Against Them - From Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks

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Bate's Lists

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[Photo by Aaron Burden at Unsplash] Two helpful lists from Nicholas Bate: Brilliant at the Basics of Business The Excellence Kit Bag

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Fascinating

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The Monday Wednesday Friday Blogger

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Since starting Execupundit.com back in the closing days of the Lincoln administration, I have tried to post every day with the exception of Sundays. Even Sundays have occasionally received several posts. I am now immersed in an unusual but desirable project in addition to my usual consulting work.

All Americans

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Salena Zito with the Lee and Grant story that deserves more attention

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