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Update: The Execupundit Batch of Leadership and Management Books

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[Photo by Us Wah at Unsplash] I have no doubt that the list has omitted some great books. Arbinger Institute, The. Leadership and Self-Deception. Aurelius, Marcus, Meditations. Barnes, John A. Ulysses S. Grant on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Front Lines. Bate, Nicholas. Instant MBA.

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Advice to the World: Relax

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A Must Buy

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The Andrew Wyeth stamps. [HT: HT: Texas Leigh

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The Myth of Old Files

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On the Off Chance

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Caught in the Amazon Prime Days sales frenzy, I checked to see if they offer a 1965 Corvette. Unfortunately, they only have a scale model. Get with it, Bezos

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Art Film

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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Scrum and More

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[Photo by Olga Guryanova at Unsplash] Wally Bock has some weekend leadership reading assignments for us

It's Bastille Day

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[Photo by Adrien Tutin at Unsplash] Go storm something

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Saturday Morning and Little Things

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[Photo by Aaron Burden at Unsplash] Got up early. Brought the first section of The Wall Street Journal to my wife, who is lounging in bed. Read some of the paper and a news magazine. Had a little espresso and an English muffin with peanut butter for breakfast.

"Mars" is Great Background Music While Watching the News

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True

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[Photo by Fredrick Kearney Jr. at Unsplash] Theory cannot be accepted as conclusive when practice points the other way. Charles E. Callwell

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The Rules Apply to Thee But Not to Me

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Unlike the universalists who want rules applied across the board, the particularists (and I am borrowing both terms from cultural consultant Fons Trompenaars) want different rules for themselves as well as their relatives, allies, and associates.

Halloween in July

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[Photo by Melissa Poole at Unsplash] Last evening, a family across the street from us had a special party for a group of high school foreign exchange students from a wide variety of nations. We and a few of the other neighbors were asked to help with one of the "events."

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Instant Smile

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The art of N.C. Wyeth

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Many a Team Needs This

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Art Break

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Art Contrarian looks at the work of Stockton Mulford

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Quick Look

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The trailer for "One, Two, Three

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Quote of the Day

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An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes. Brent Scowcroft

The Old Softy

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FutureLawyer reveals his hidden affection for a famous bear

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The Fourth Option is Increasingly Favored

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In recent times, political activists have used this list of options when considering an issue: Ignore/accept it. Embrace/support it. Denounce/oppose it. Go absolutely nuts

The Unwritten Rules

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[Photo by Darko Mitev at Unsplash] Organizations have written rules and unwritten rules and the latter may be more important than the former.

Improve

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I have concluded that much of the time invested in creating something entirely new would be far more productive if we simply sought to improve what is known. There is a new category in my daily list of tasks: Refine

Friction

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[Photo by Samuel Zeller at Unsplash] Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction that is inconceivable unless one has experienced war.

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Dust Storm then Rain

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Rain in Phoenix. Rain in northern Arizona. Good news and long awaited

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Highly Recommended

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Shopping: The American List

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[Photo by Thomas Kelley at Unsplash] A great collection of shopping links compiled by A Continuous Lean

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Driving in Iceland

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[Photo by Garrett Sears at Unsplash] Patrick Rhone has some tips. [I I was surprised about the new requirement for European cars

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When the Computer Monitor Becomes an Egg

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[Photo by Annie Spratt at Unsplash] You may recall the story about a famous cake mix.

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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Turn Left at Martha's Vineyard

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Book description: Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues.

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Bock's Assignments

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Wally Bock has weekend leadership reading assignments for us

When Days Don't Go As Planned

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The trailer for "After Hours

Solitude

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[Photo by Kimon Maritz at Unsplash] Solitude offers ways for leaders to obtain greater clarity. A leader who thinks through a complex problem by hard analytical work - as Eisenhower did before D-day - can identify the conditions necessary to solve it.

The Collaborative Piano Blog

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The Collaborative Piano Blog, which is based in Canada, has an interesting list of 18 blogs. As it notes, not all of them are about music. I am honored to be on it

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Defending Your Right to Agree with Them

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[Photo by Kristina Flour at Unsplash] Cultural Offering on Alan Dershowitz's encounter with open-mindedness on Martha's Vineyard

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Queen

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The trailer for "Bohemian Rhapsody

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First Paragraph

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Each day begins like any other. Gently. Cautiously. The way he likes it. A dawn wind through the forest, the questioning calls of obscure birds. He hears the flutelike song, cool as silver, of a hermit thrush. From Black Sun by Edward Abbey

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Quick Look

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The trailer for "The Tailor of Panama." I had a chance to visit the Panama Canal Zone on an interesting project at one point in the Seventies but my schedule wouldn't permit it. That remains a great regret

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Rod Dreher on voxplaining rural America

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