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Thursday, October 03, 2002
• What I'm Reading These Days - On the road for a couple weeks, I'm realizing how much I appreciate the broadband internet connection in my office. So I've been living with paper a bit more, bouncing between a couple books. The first one I'm almost done with, Four Days With Dr. Deming: A Strategy for Modern Methods of Management is a great intro to the good doctor. It comes off as the notes of an attendee to his legendary 4-day seminar. Including graphics from Deming's presentattion, direct quotes, and interpretations by the author lays out a lot of important messages.
If the Deming book lays out good thinking on "what to change" and "to what to change to," the other one in my briefcase is turning out to be a treatise on "how to make the change happen." That should be evident from the title of Larry Bossidy's book, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. I'm only about a third of the way through it, but it looks like it's going to provide some good common sense adivce, laying out execution as a "systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously foolowing through, and ensuring accountability...a systematic way of exposing reality and acting on it." I'll get back to the blog with more on it when I finish it.
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