I admit – I do enjoy reading (or skimming) management books. In my career, a few have been very helpful. Many are useful, helping to re-invigorate and focus as attention and time can be diverted by the mundane tasks of day to day operations. I also enjoy the new ideas, and new takes on the challenges of running a business. What intrigues me on a personal level is the seeming divergence of opinion on how a new leader should start a new job: move fast, or take time and move more judiciously? Are these distinct? How does the new leader know how to proceed?
I am working on a follow up book to Straight Talk for Success. The working title is The Official Guide to Success. I have been interviewing experts in each of the five keys to success that I discuss in Straight Talk: Self Confidence, Positive Personal Impact, Outstanding Performance, Dynamic Communication Skills and Interpersonal Competence.
"Presidential candidate George Bush will be active in making pronouncements in the coming weeks… He wants to define himself before his opponents do it for him," intoned a radio commentator when the previous Bush became president. Yes, nicknames stick. "To name a thing is not the same as to know a thing," Richard Feynman wrote, yet naming is a potent persuasion tool.
It seems one comment can completely hijack a discussion. The first comment on my recent post about Dunkin' Donuts blasted middle-class Americans who voted for George Bush. That triggered a flame-fest between Bush haters and Bush supporters.
Where do you find courage in this country? Not in the southern or western U.S., which overwhelming succumbed to the Bush campaign's fear mongering and Dick Cheney's demented suggestion that a vote for John Kerry is a vote for the terrorists.
In this month's issue, Linda Tischler writes that brands are less and less about what we buy, and more and more about who we are. Seeing as we're in between the Democratic and Republican national conventions in an increasingly divisive race, how important is it to you to identify with John Kerry or George Bush? What comes first, the man or his policies? And which party is doing a better job of branding their candidate?
According to Bill Seidman, the federal janitor hired to mop up the 1980s SL scandal, the Enron debacle will ultimately benefit the marketplace. Here, the author of "Full Faith and Credit" draws parallels, points fingers, and offers advice for enforcers to come.