Jay Acunzo’s Break the Wheel: Looking askance at best practices

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You ought to read Jay Acunzo’s first book, Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition, and Do Your Best Work. But only if you’re willing to think a bit. There is, in theory, a best way to do anything. There is a best way to change your oil, write a business letter, evaluate … Continued

Can women write successful business books?

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On its face, this is an absurd question. But my friends are hearing this question and wondering about bias in the publishing industry. Today I’d like to explode those myths. The impetus for this post was the testimony of a female author I know who is trying to sell her next book. She has asked … Continued

The U.S. government’s Climate Assessment gets off to a poor start

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Last week the U.S. Federal Government issued its fourth report on the Climate, as mandated every four years since 1990. Despite its being released on the day after Thanksgiving, it got plenty of airplay. But the report itself could do a lot better job of summarizing its pointed conclusions in a way that anyone, even … Continued

Vehemently meaningless

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Next time you hear that someone is “vehemently” denying that they did something, ask yourself — how is that different from a regular denial? Here’s a thought experiment. There are two politicians. Both are accused of taking bribes. Allan says he denies taking the bribes. Bertrand vehemently denies taking the bribes. Which one do you … Continued

I can’t believe I’m doing this

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This gig is pretty awesome. I can’t believe I get to do this. Imagine for a moment. People pay me to read what they wrote and tell the what’s wrong with it. They actually take my advice, and thank me for it. And then, after they change it, people read what they wrote and it … Continued

Trump’s Saudi Arabia statement: Realpolitik for kindergarteners

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Saudis murdered the Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashoggi in their Turkish embassy. Now President Trump is making the case that we must stand by Saudi Arabia. The term for this sort of strategy is “realpolitik” — but the level of such arguments is typically intellectual, not playground taunts. What is realpolitik? It is international relations … Continued

Antipodes Pride’s pusillanimous, passive, pointless police press release

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The Auckland, New Zealand police and Auckland Pride, an LGBTQ support organization, were unable to come to an agreement about police marching in the Pride parade. They did, however, produce one of the most oblique, passive, and ultimately pointless media releases ever posted. This is what happens when you’re not sure what to say, but … Continued