Author Archives: David Smith

About David Smith

One of the guys named Smith who was once a consultant. This is not his first rodeo. Or his second or third.

The absurdity of a Scrabble hierarchy

“People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. “Of course we don’t decide … Continue reading

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Douglas2’s Law

“I’ve even postulated versions of “Douglas2’s Law”, which are: a) if you can’t get to primary sources within 3 clicks of hyperlinks (such as to a transcript or video of the talk or interview, the actual court decision, or the … Continue reading

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I Miss Jim Lehrer

Jim Lehrer’s Rules The long-time host of PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died this January 23rd at the age of 85. In this age of news as entertainment and opinion as news, Lehrer seems like one of the last of a … Continue reading

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Churches have neglected that dishonesty is a sin

Dr. Bruce G. Charlton, retired theoretical biologist and Christian blogger, had some important things to say about the Church, our management culture, and Official Science back in January: “The real Christian churches have been pretty solid concerning the reality (and … Continue reading

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UNIX Rules for Life

Keep it simple: It’s cheaper and easier to carry around. Do one thing at a time: Multitasking is a lie. Network: You were born to connect. Say what you mean; nothing is truer than the truth. Hack: Trial and error … Continue reading

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Job Interviews

“In most cases, the best strategy for a job interview is to be fairly honest, because the worst thing that can happen is that you won’t get the job and will spend the rest of your life foraging for food … Continue reading

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Putsch

“Does anyone seriously believe the American establishment — Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the trustees of Ivy League universities, the major sports leagues, even Brooks Brothers, for God’s sake — would sign on to a movement that genuinely threatened its material … Continue reading

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Seth Godin on Organizing

I’ll tell you a story about how I think about organizing. I went to the engineering school at Tufts for college. One of the classes I took there was an invention design class. Our first assignment was to build a … Continue reading

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The Mantra

From that supposed Welshman, Ianto Watt: Here’s the drill, Private. The American version of Mao’s Chi-Coms are running wild, but only in Sector R (all you FireSign Theatre fans who will understand this allusion). Sector R is colored blue, if … Continue reading

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Krulak’s law

The experience people have with your brand is in the hands of the person you pay the least. Act accordingly. (This involves training, trust, responsibility, leadership, dignity, authority, management and investment. It mostly means seeing the front-line people in your … Continue reading

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