It is unlikely that a book on choice will offer an insight on organization. Sheena Iyengar, in her ‘The Art of Choosing‘, talks about her conversation with the jazz player Wynton Marsalis.   Wynton Marsalis : You need to have some restrictions in jazz. Anyone can improvise with no restrictions, but that’s no jazz. Jazz always has […]

On a journey, sooner or later, wisdom creeps in. Or the lack thereof. Some cliches/nuggets collected on the way: Working harder the same way to solve a recurrent problem is, well, stupidity, at best. Make do with less, unless it starts breaking down. Less data, less processes, less code… We make things complex because making it […]

For a book so littered with wisdom, one particularly stood out. The book is Rework, and the nugget here is ‘Hire the better writer’. They say: “If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn’t matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, […]

Can’t get it right? Start measuring. Maybe. “For a variety of reasons, measuring doctor skill is a tricky affair” so argues Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner about rating doctors, in their “Superfreakonomics“. That’s because – first there is selection bias, sicker patients seek out better doctors and no matter how good the doctor is, their […]

“Just what valuable insights do ants, bees and other social insects hold?” Dr. Eric Bonabeau and Christopher Meyer argue about it in their HBR paper on ‘Swarm Intelligence‘ way back in May 2001. Ants helped Southwest Airlines gain annually something like $ 10 million (none of which, I am sure, went back to ants). Southwest used […]

“You may have a brilliant new business strategy, but unless employees are stoked about the idea, it won’t succeed, says leadership guru John P. Kotter, a Harvard Business School professor and author of several books on organizational change.” So begins an interview with Professor John Kotter, widely regarded as an authority on change. Kotter goes […]

When my learning from military was restricted to a measly General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything” or Field Marshal Helmuth Graf von Moltke’s “No plan survives contact with the enemy”, a recent post at infoq went a good way in enriching me. The infoq posit on “Command and control military […]

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