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David Foster Wallace

By Jack, published September 24, 2008, at 10:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

David Foster Wallace died on September 12. I have read his collections of essays and I appreciated his, as The Wall Street Journal states "blending inventive language, intellect, humor, philosophy and cultural references in his writing. " Someday I will tackle his novels.


Churchill quote on books

By Jack, published August 13, 2008, at 2:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them--peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on their shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances.


Seinfeld on Carlin

By Jack, published June 24, 2008, at 8:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jerry Seinfeld talks about George Carlin's death here.


Sad Day

By Jack, published June 23, 2008, at 1:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It was very sad for me to wake up this morning and hear the news. George Carlin is dead. He was my generation's comedian.


Drucker Recommends Drucker Books

By Jack, published June 4, 2008, at 6:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In Jeffrey Krames October 2008 Portfolio book called Inside Drucker's Brain--based on an all day one-on-one visit with the Drucker shortly before he died--he asked Drucker about his books, among other things. Drucker told me what he felt were his most important books. The first one was no surprise, but one or two if the others were.

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The train wreck that was Bear Stearns

By Jack, published May 27, 2008, at 1:41 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

Caption: "An August conference call fails to calm investors. " On Tuesday May 27, The Wall Street Journal begins a three part analysis of the collapse of Bear Stearns. Buffeted by the most treacherous market forces in a generation and hobbled by indecision, the firm's leaders missed opportunities that might have been able to save the 85-year-old brokerage.


New Version of Gitomer's Sales Bible

By Jack, published May 6, 2008, at 3:22 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

When the Sales Bible first came out from William Morrow in the 1994, it got a slow start. I was selling it with some success in the bookstore and Jeffrey Gitomer called to see what I was doing. I told him it was nothing in particular, just that I had found it very helpful and was suggesting it to many of our customers.


Save your money, forget school...Here is what business is

By Jack, published October 31, 2007, at 1:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

From The HP Way, is the best description of what "Business" is: At Hewlett-Packard (and other companies as well), people, materials, facilities, money, and time are the resources available to us for conducting our business. By applying our skills, we turn these resources into useful products and services. If we do a good job, customers pay us more for our products than the sum of our costs in producing and distributing them.


Jack and Todd's Big Adventure

By Jack, published September 5, 2007, at 8:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

For my part in this adventure, the genesis of this book began about six or seven years ago when David Schwartz (owner of Milwaukee's independent Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops. .



By Jack, published August 20, 2007, at 7:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

From Robert Townsend's classic book Up The Organization comes this beauty. For those of you that haven't read the book or forgotten it, it has short alphabetical chapters and the chapter called "Killing Things, V. P.


Today's Quote

By Jack, published August 6, 2007, at 2:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If I could get my membership fee back, I'd resign from the human race.


More on Harry Potter

By Jack, published August 1, 2007, at 2:21 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

BusinessWeek has an article about the logistics of delivering 12,000,000 books in two days. To quote "If all the trucks that delivered Deathly Hallows were lined up bumper-to-bumper, Scholastic says, the caravan would stretch 15 miles. " Fascinating stuff!