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Management Lessons

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

This employee review system sounds good to me!! It gives equal weight to four areas, rather than simply focusing on financial goals. 1. On-the-job performance, the typical quantitative goals 2. Peer group relationships 3. Management/leadership, or how well you develop the people around you 4. Innovation/best practices It is attributed to Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley's "Secret Coach", in an article in Fortune Magazine. (See the July 21, 2008 edition)

Warren Buffet and I

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 21, 2008

An interviewer from Fortune magazine asked Warren Buffet about his first job, specifically he said: "I know you had a paper route. Was that your first job?" Mr. Buffet replied: "Well, I worked for my grandfather, which was really tough, in the [family] grocery store. But if you gave me the choice of being CEO of General Electric or IBM or General Motors, you name it, or delivering papers, I would deliver papers. I would. I enjoyed doing that. I can think about what I want to think. I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. It might be wonderful to be head of GE, and Jeff Immelt is a friend of mine. And he's a great guy. ...

By - Last updated: Thursday, August 7, 2008

My new favourite web site is (Women on the Web). I believe it is aimed squarely at my demographic, women over 40, since so many of the postings resonate with me, so much so that I am tempted every day to send more than one of them to various friends, despite my promises to cease and desist. Its founders and contributors include gossip columnist Liz Smith, journalist Lesley Stahl, writer and author Joan Juliet Buck, actress Candice Bergen (whose character I adore on Boston Legal, except for her seeming affection for the character played by Tom Selleck) and comediennes and actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin. I discovered the site via an article in British Vogue (which I much prefer to ...

Last Lecture

By - Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2008

I was in the US recently and there was a lot of media coverage of a book called the "Last Lecture" published by a 47 year professor , Randy Pausch who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University gave a lecture in September 2007 which is the basis of his new book. The "last lecture" is an academic tradition where a professor is invited to speak as if it's the last lecture he will ever give. However, in Pausch's case, it was. Pausch became an internet celebrity after the lecture and millions haved viewed it on You Tube. In my mind, the story is a very American one with the requisite Oprah appearance and book deal, however, there ...