Is Your Boss an Asshole?

Bob Sutton and the mavens at Electric Pulp have created the ARSE (Asshole Rating Self Exam) to help people to determine if they are assholes. This is an offshoot from Bob’s book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, which I reviewed at the end of October. I’m sure [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:29-07:00February 9th, 2007|Categories: Management|0 Comments

Elegant Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking the Toyota Way

Matthew E. May is the author of The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation. He has held a key advisory role with the University of Toyota for over eight years, and he is a graduate of the Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University. You can download a copy of his ChangeThis manifesto by clicking [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:05-07:00January 2nd, 2007|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management|Tags: |0 Comments

The Art of Projections in a Dotcom 2.0 World

The world is running amok with entrepreneurs pitching every sort of Web 2.0, social networking, user-generated-content startup. It’s the attack of the bull-shiitake startup projections, so I’m losing my hearing; there’s a ringing in my head, and I get dizzy every once in a while. Before the world implodes (again), here is a top-tenish list [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:52-07:00November 2nd, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management, Pitching and Presenting, Venture Capital|Tags: |0 Comments

Ten Questions with Polly LaBarre

Polly LaBarre is the co-author (with Bill Taylor) of the newly released book called Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. The strategies, tactics, and advice in Mavericks at Work grew out of in-depth access to a collection of forward-looking companies. These maverick companies are attracting millions of customers, creating thousands [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:24:11-07:00October 9th, 2006|Categories: Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things

Not a day goes by when I don’t ask myself, “Why do smart companies do such dumb things?” We all know companies that cook the books and throw outrageous parties at one end of the spectrum to sell lousy products at the other. A sweeping answer is that companies are run by smart people, and [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:24:34-07:00September 12th, 2006|Categories: Management|0 Comments

“Why Smart People Do Dumb Things” (Like Not Backup Their Hard Disk)

A strong mind masks immaturity. —Dr. Mortimer Feinberg and John J. Tarrant How did you end your summer? A nice barbeque at the beach or maybe a quiet afternoon with the family? Mountain biking? Surfing? Bloggin? Playing in a hockey tournament? Go ahead: Ask me how my summer ended. On Saturday, September 2nd, I got [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:24:37-07:00September 7th, 2006|Categories: Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn’t Know Who to Ask

Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so here’s the inside scoop. Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright deny what I’m saying, but if you use these tips you will stand head and shoulders above most candidates. Love what the company does. Passion for [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:08-07:00August 14th, 2006|Categories: Human Capital, Management|Tags: |0 Comments

Doing Business in 2006

I just read an interesting report called Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs. The World Bank published the report, and you can download it here. Here’s a description of the report: Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs is the third in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:55:49-07:00July 31st, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|Tags: |0 Comments

The Art of Firing

A few weeks ago I covered the topic of laying people off. In a sense, this is an easier process because it usually happens in bad times, and it doesn’t single a person out. A firing, by contrast, can occur in good times as well as bad times, and it’s highly personal. I’ve fired people [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:28-07:00July 25th, 2006|Categories: Human Capital, Management|0 Comments

The Art of the Layoff

We’re in a bubble again. It’s not as frothy as last time, but hallelujah, this time we know what to do, right? One good thing about the dotcom implosion in 2000 is that we got lots of practice laying people off, and I’m afraid that this valuable knowledge may get lost. If you are scoffing [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:57-07:00July 5th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|0 Comments

The Top Sixteen Lies of CEOs

At the suggestion of, and with the help of, Glenn Kelman, here are more lies. These are the lies of CEOs running a companies that are beyond the startup phase. Startup phase lies you’ve read here before. “Working together, we’ve established our goals.” In other words, these are the goals that the CEO decided will [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:26:43-07:00May 28th, 2006|Categories: Management|19 Comments

Ten Questions with Bob Sutton

In the spirit of anti-bozosity that Pam Slim’s posting recently established, here is an interview with Bob Sutton. Bob is a professor of management science and engineering at the Stanford School of Engineering. His latest book, co-authored with Jeffrey Pfeffer, is called Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management. It’s a [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:27:01-07:00May 10th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|Tags: |20 Comments

How to Be a Mensch

I have a theory (as opposed to a dream) that Heaven is a three-class Boeing 777. You can sit in a narrow seat that doesn't recline and eat chicken-like substances next to a screaming baby in coach class. Or, you can sit in a slightly wider seat that reclines slightly more and eat a beef-like [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:28:42-07:00February 11th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|0 Comments
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