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They Might Be (Bearded) Giants

Watching game four of the 2012 baseball World Series, I’m struck by the absence of playoff beards. For the uninitiated, playoff beards refer to the tradition of a hockey player not shaving during the Stanley Cup playoffs.  A player stops shaving for the first game of the playoffs and does not resume until his team…

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The Art and Science of Timing Decisions

Remember Malcolm Gladwell’s book called Blink? Gladwell argued that we should trust our snap judgments, using examples from science, advertising, medicine and music. These examples showed that spontaneous decisions were as good as, and usually better than, carefully considered ones. In Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, Frank Partnoy takes the exact opposite point of…

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Management by Baseball

Much to my own surprise, this week’s blog is about another book. But, unlike last week, it’s not about performance management per se but rather what we can learn about aligning an organization from the sport of baseball. Yup, baseball. The book, Management by Baseball by Jeff Angus, purports to provide “The Official Rules For…

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