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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday Diversion - Kurt Vonnegut -- Thinking about yesterday's news of the death of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., I realized that there's only a few authors whose works take up a foot or two on my bookshelves -- Asimov's Robot/Foundation series, Tom Robbins (If you want another work that covers the same territory as The DaVinci Code but with a bit more surreal wit, check out Robbins' Another Roadside Attraction), and Kurt Vonnegut pretty much make up that category.

Some Vonnegut quotes:
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. (Mother Night)

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. (Hocus Pocus)

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. (Sirens of Titan)

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
So it goes.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Three Roles for Managers -- From Jeffrey Phillips' Thinking Faster: What's a manager to do?:
"...in the modern economy, a manager can add at least three valuable attributes: translation, clarity and resolution."
Read the whole thing for a drill down on these attributes. Good stuff.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Comment on Lesson Learned -- If you are like me, you don't alway read the comments in the blogs you read, especially if you read them through an RSS feed reader. With that in mind, I feel compelled to point to a comment on my recent difficulty of using lessons learned posting...
"You will be on the lesson until u learn the lesson...lessons learned are about consciousness and ownership of your stuff."
   - julie
There's more here.

Whoever "julie" is, she (I assume - that's a name that could go either way, like Lynn and Pat) has been dropping interesting comments on other posts as well recently. They have a slightly off-center, but right on target style, attitude, and content that's grabbed my attention. julie should start a blog (or if she has one, should include the link in the url field of the comment engine.

Anyway...thanks, julie.

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