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10 Ways Organizations are like Organisms

September 19, 2012


Chapter 2 of Antonio Damasio’s “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” introduces the biological aspect of consciousness and the contributions of single cells and processes to an entire organism – from the eukaryotes themselves to the human body. The more I read (and re-read) the chapter, the more analogies emerged between these biological process […]

Sh#t happens in big companies – On Talent & Charisma

April 12, 2012


Thoughts on leadership based on an article I happened across yesterday. From Malcolm Gladwell (July 2002) – “The Talent Myth: Are smart people overrated?” discussing the paper “The dark side of charisma” by Robert Hogan, Robert Raskin, Dan Fazzini: It [the paper] argued that flawed managers fall into three types. One is the High Likability Floater, […]

Goodwill Accounting

January 28, 2009


Back in April, I outlined Yahoo’s “goodwill” account to highlight how they were overpaying for acquisitions – other technology companies developing products that should have been developed in-house at Yahoo!. Today, I say this link on Twitter which provides a list of companies whose “Goodwill” accounts exceed their current market capitalization. Most of the companies […]

Michael Lewis – "The End"

November 20, 2008


Just in case you missed it, here’s an interesting piece from Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker (a book about Wall Street back in the 1980’s that you should read if you haven’t). His new article – “The End of Wall Street’s Boom”- is a new perspective on the current financial market situation. It’s about […]

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, & Cheap Furniture

July 14, 2008


A friend of mine that works at a hedge fund called me on Friday. He wanted my opinion on the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae situation. My immediate reaction was – “Good news – the free market works.” Over the weekend, I thought about it some more, and here’s what I think now – “Good news – […]

Employee Retention at Yahoo!

June 25, 2008


Things aren’t looking terribly rosy at Yahoo! nowadays. It’s never a good sign when webpages like this start sprouting up….. (Mike – thanks for the link….)

"I’ve got the conch!" – What now for Facebook?

May 27, 2008


Jessi Hempel’s article in the most recent edition of Fortune Magazine – “Finding Cracks in Facebook” – intends to uncover some new foundational flows with Facebook. The article itself doesn’t necessarily reveal any new revelations about Facebook, but further asserts some of the ongoing concerns that those in the technology arena have long had about […]