Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday Links: Late Edition

This is a late edition because several of these links are neat things from yesterday. I guess I’d rather be a day late than have you miss some of these stories. First, a belated happy birthday to one of the … Continue reading

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Do We Need What We Think We Need?

Everyone is talking about Moneyball.  I haven’t read the book or watched the movie, but I will.  In this post over at HBR, Tammy Johns (SVP at Manpower) draws a connection between building a strong business group and Billy Beane’s team-building … Continue reading

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Walking the Line

“At the most fundamental level, MBM is a philosophy and methodology to encourage innovations that create value for both a company and society” (The Science of Success, p. 166) This is what draws me to MBM.  Sure, I love the … Continue reading

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The Tradeoffs With Detailed Rules

This quote from The Science of Success shows one of the dangers of detailed rules: When detailed rules or instructions are necessary, they must be judged against those general rules already established through a process of discovery as best enabling a … Continue reading

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Friday Links: Economic Freedom of the World Edition

In honor of the Economic Freedom of World Report release earlier this week, today’s links are all about economic freedom. (Here’s a reminder for those of you who want a refresher on economic freedom.) The Mercatus Center has a video showing how … Continue reading

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Reducing Uncertainty

I’m working with a group today on the topic of measurement.  My thinking on the subject has changed pretty dramatically over the past few years.  For some reason, my natural approach to measuring in business or nonprofits was to be … Continue reading

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Ouch!

As I posted earlier today, the newest numbers on economic freedom are out and the US has fallen from 6th to 10th this last year (and from 2nd in 2000).   Why have we fallen?  What repercussions does this mean for … Continue reading

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New Economic Freedom Index Numbers!

I’m very excited about the new data from the Economic Freedom of the World Report from the Frasier Institute (PDF).  This measures the amount of economic freedom in most countries (those that the data are available for), and strongly bolsters the … Continue reading

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Governing the Corporate Commons

Elinor Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics for her work on how solutions to commons problems emerge through spontaneous order (that’s my characterization of her work anyway).  Here’s an article in which fellow Prize-winner Vernon Smith describes some of Ostrom’s ideas. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Ignoring Profit?

Scott submitted an interesting article for us to discuss (see previous post here). The title of the article is “Jobs made Apple great by ignoring profit.”  Below are a few quotes to help focus analysis: As paradoxical as it is that the … Continue reading

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