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Tags: Apple, Business Managment, Business Reading, Steve Jobs
One of my favorite reads is Jim Collin’s look at how good businesses become great businesses.
In Built to Last, Collins uses a series of case studies and research data to highlight leadership criteria which appear to help companies achieve longstanding success. Collins points out that among companies in business 100 years or more, their success, in part, can be attributed to a company CEO who toils away behind the scenes and trains a successor who does likewise.
It appears the “celebrity” CEO, one who is highly visible and largely in it for his/her own notoriety can be the cause of the organization’s downfall when they leave. Upon their departure, the relationships they established evaporate and nobody is left behind to pick up where the previous management left off. One example of a celebrity CEO is Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca. During his reign in the 1980s, the names Chrysler and Iacocca were nearly synonymous.
In the case of Apple, Jobs was a celebrity. His face graced the cover of magazines in life and death. He packed annual meetings where people fought for seats in his audience. People wanted to be in his sphere of influence.
But we really have a hard time gauging the strength of the succession plan for the company he founded and which consumed almost every waking minute he had. Jobs didn’t plan on dying when he did. And while I didn’t know him, I suspect I know leaders like him. They have a bit of an invincibility complex. Apple was Jobs company. He planned on living a long time and providing guidance to his company – his reason for living. In the end, that attitude could be the very downfall of the organization. Let’s hope that Jobs’ successor is toiling quietly away somewhere, working on Apple’s next big thing. It’ll be a tough act to follow.
Tags: Brady Bunch, housekeeping
Growing up my parents subscribed to the philosophy that if we (their five wonderful children) did well in school, we couldn’t be expected to have a heavy load of chores at home, well really couldn’t be expected to have any chores. School was our job. And admittedly, the philosophy belonged more to my father than my mother. She begrudgingly went along.
My parents also told taught us that we had to learn to ” do it ourselves or be able to pay someone to do it.”
Turns out I did listen when my parent spoke and it’s the reason I no find my self at a across roads. I dislike doing anything domestic. I’m not good at household tasks. My talents are better spent elsewhere. If I cut some corners, i could probably afford it. More importantly, I just don’t wanna!
So I need an Alice. You remember. The housekeeper from the Brady Bunch. She cooked, cleaned and she grocery shopped. She also dispensed sage advice.
Where’s the problem you ask? Well I had a friend who several years ago hired a housekeeper to come in once every other week or so. As tends to happen on occasion, she let slip in conversation about trying to get a key to this woman. Now my friend kept her personal life pretty quiet and was humble, but whispers behind her back quickly started.
Apparently, it offended her co-workers that she could afford to, and actually had the audacity to, hire someone.
While I generally don’t care what people say, I can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is all about. In life there are things we should invest our time doing. It’s up to our individual personalities to guide us as to what those categories should be. If we enjoy spending time on our career and earn enough doing so that we can displace some of the other tasks in our lives we’d rather not do or take substantially less pleasure in doing, what’s the problem?
I suppose some of this springs from years of my clothes magically appearing clean and folded on the foot of my bed after I dropped them in the hamper, dinner appearing every night ….never mind. I just don’t want to.
Bet most of my readers don’t change their own oil. It’s not that they can’t learn how. They’ve just figured it’s not worth the headache. So they opt to pay a tech to do it.
So you see, I need an Alice. I’m trying to justify it…am I making a strong argument. . .? Can I get some support?
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Tags: Anthony Weiner, Planking, Sarah Palin
By nature, people are voyeurs. They want to know how others behave when nobody knows they’re being watched.
That’s not news.
In the olden days, before the invention of the internet where everything could be tracked, recorded and shared with the click of a mouse, voyeurs were simply snoops or “Peeping Toms,” with the difference being that “Peeping Toms” often ending up on the evening news or in jail.
This week’s headline were unsettling for many reasons. It seems society in general has made it okay to cross lines never previously crossed to get their voyeuristic fix. And it’s okay to pry as deeply into other people’s private matters to get the information that will quench the appetite for gossip.
Sarah Palin’s governmental emails from 2006-2008 were posted across the Web for all to read. Sensationalist headlines screamed, “Beef, Tequila and Condoms,” a remark meant in jest and sent in an email to Palin as part of an invite to a party. Please note it was neither written by, nor about, Palin. Yet this is the line that found itself supposedly previewing the release of Palin’s email history to the world. Reporters sought to fuel the intrusion into her privacy. It was irresponsible.
And while people were hoping to find some good “dirt” in Palin’s emails, by most accounts the trail, sadly for those readers, proves to point to a hard-working governor who gives credit where credit is due. Whether government official or not, Palin should have been expected to have a certain level of privacy in her correspondence. Simply because a few “watchdog” groups wanted to know the minutia of Palin’s everyday work, doesn’t mean they should be entitled to receive it. There were no red flags, no court orders. . .just curiosity.
On the other hand US media seemed to indicate the end of the world was near when the Weiner scandal broke. It turns out that the congressman from New York mistakenly forwarded through a public social media channel an adult-oriented photo of himself to a young woman with whom he’d been speaking to online-instead of just to her. From the public outcry,you would have thought it had been discovered Weiner was a Soviet spy.
His critics jumped on the integrity bandwagon. Weiner lied about sending the tweet at first, indicating his account had been hacked. And what about his infidelity?
While most people would like to admit to “taking a higher road,” 99 percent of the population would have done the same thing given the same circumstances.It’s human nature. He panicked. He was embarrassed. The fact is though that Weiner (and yes, he has an unfortunate name), is not the first person to commit such an act. Granted, that doesn’t make it okay. But last time I checked, it wasn’t illegal for a guy to email a photo of his chest to someone. And whether that constitutes marital infidelity is between Weiner and his wife. I would argue sleazy behavior “yes,” cheating “no.”
Prior to the Weiner ‘scandal,’ Saturday Night Live (SNL) recently parodied the growing epidemic of the taking and distributing such images via cell phone: SNL Skit.
And I’ll refrain from even attempting to count the number of parodies created by various videographers after Brett Favre was found to have sent photos of his “better half” to various women via cell phone. And then let’s not even began to start listing other high-ranking political officials with similar marital infractions (Bill Clinton, Kwame Kilpatrick et. al.).
This information was not news. Yet people consumed it like water after spending 40 years in the desert.
And then I read the article on today’s Wall Street Journal on “planking.” The art of planking involves people laying like planks to imitate wood planks. Why you ask? Well for the sake of art, or challenge. Positioning ones self in a challenging space and then having a photograph snapped.
Really? Come on.
Nope. People do that.
There only conclusion I can draw is that people have too much time on their hands these day and are looking for someone.. .anyone…with the least bit of excitement going on to follow. These same people are so incredibly bored with their own dull lives, they are literally dreaming up inane tasks and ways to occupy their time. There has got to be a more constructive way for people to spend their time. No wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket.