Pacino – Scent of a Woman

March 25, 2013

By Gwyn Teatrovia You’re Not the Boss of Me   Article

The Importance of Integrity in Leadership

“One of my favourite movies is “Scent of a Woman”.  In it, Al Pacino’s character makes a declaration that speaks to exactly how difficult it is to live a life with integrityand exactly why it is so necessary.  I offer it here with no intent to infringe copyright but simply to reinforce the movie’s message and my own.”

Pacino Scent of a Woman











7′ 2.5″

March 25, 2013

By Doug Powers via Michelle Malkin Blog   Article

Obamacare regs: The paper skyscraper

“That stack appears to be just a couple feet short of being required to have a flashing aircraft warning light at the top.

Warner Todd Huston has the dimensions:

This is over 20,000 pages and measures 7′ 2.5″. These are all the Obamacare regulations published in the Federal Register up through last week. Then last Friday they added another 828 pages.

Why is there a red ribbon around on that stack of regulations?”

Less noise

March 25, 2013

“True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.”

— Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, British politician

Eat you for breakfast

March 25, 2013

By Ben Schiller via   Article

Your Boss Isn’t Just A Psychopath—It’s Way Worse Than That

“It’s estimated that 3 million Americans are psychopathic–meaning they display callous or non-empathetic tendencies; that, perhaps one in 10 on Wall Street are; and it’s even suggested that a touch of psychopathy may be necessary to reach the top.

Psychopaths are also likely to be narcissistic (self-loving) or to have a Machiavellian streak (detachment, liking for games-playing). These days, more and more people are ‘triadic,’ says British psychologist Oliver James–meaning the people in your office have all three disorders at the same time.

James blames the changing nature of work. In the past, jobs were straightforward: you made stuff, and you were compensated accordingly. Now, in many service industries (PR, finance, TV) it is hard to say who should take credit. Triads thrive with such ambiguity, mastering how to accentuate their part in the positive, while downplaying their negatives.

‘The perception of what you’ve contributed becomes as important as what you’ve actually done,’ James says. … ‘That means that office politics becomes more important. Making your boss like you, and encouraging them to believe you are doing a good job, is as important as actually doing a good job. …

‘The likelihood of your daily working life being sacrificed by a person who is some mixture of psychopathic, Machiavellian, and narcissistic is high. If you do not develop the skills to deal with them, they will eat you for breakfast.'”

Toes pointed out

March 25, 2013

By  via   Article

“[are] text-only messages an efficient and appropriate business tool? Where body language is part of the message, it definitely is not. Let’s look at the most commonly recognized forms of body language, and see how they apply to business:

  • Eye contact. The eyes are the most powerful part of our body language, and can express everything from happiness, annoyance, interest, to pain. Frequent eye contact is interpreted as honesty and forthrightness. Staring is interpreted as too aggressive. …
  • Posture. If you are trying to appear dominant or authoritative, stand erect with shoulders back. A slumped position usually indicates insecurity, guilt, or weakness. …
  • Mirroring. Most people feel more comfortable and open with people in a similar position to themselves. An example would be sitting down to meet with a key vendor, rather than standing to deliver demands. …
  • Handshake. This, of course, comes into play to signal openness or goodwill at the beginning of an interaction, and agreement at the end. Palm-to-palm contact is important for sincerity. …
  • Hand-to-face. Even when the words sound good, hand-to-face movements such as holding the chin or scratching the face shows concern or lack of conviction. If a person is covering his mouth while telling you something, he may be lying.
  • Facial expression. A critical message delivered with a smiling face will have a totally different impact than one delivered with an angry face. …
  • Arms and legs position. Folded arms or crossed legs, perhaps turning away slightly, indicates a lack of interest and detachment. Later uncrossed arms and legs may be a sign of acceptance of your position or terms. An extrovert will have toes pointed out, introvert will keep them pointed in. …
  • Space occupied. Some people stand up and move around to be more dominant, maybe even threatening. Even sitting, you can stretch your legs to occupy more space.”

Monkeys in silk suits

March 25, 2013

By Bill Waddell via Manufacturing Leadership Center   Article

Maximization of Stakeholder Value in Practice

“I often wrote about the lean principles of focusing on all of the stakeholders, rather than abusing some of them for the sake of the shareholders – a la GM borrowing money to pay dividends while laying off employees.  This is not some socialist principle that belittles the importance of capital.  No, it is driven by the common sense point that the stockholders gain the most in the long term when everyone contributing to the business shares their long term objectives.  The problem with the ‘maximize shareholder value’ principle is that it has no time frame perspective, which generally means maximize short term shareholder value because the investment community has a hard time seeing beyond three months into the future. …

More companies should look to the Progressive Insurance approach to this issue.  They have a formula that is well publicized in advance for calculating the annual dividend stockholders will receive – if any.  Then they use the exact same formula to calculate employee bonuses.

I don’t know anything about the insurance business but it’s a safe bet it is a lot like manufacturing in that there are likely to be plenty of accounting tricks available to dress monkeys in silk suits – they can make mediocre, or even lousy performance look good by playing games with the numbers.  The cool thing about Progressive is that, if they choose to play such games, employees benefit to precisely the same degree as Wall Street.  Everyone wins, or everyone loses.”

Don’t miss the end

March 18, 2013


Note: Thanks to Eric Martens for bring this to our attention.