Students need to fail

Are you failing enough? School is a place that trains you to give the right answer, and where failure is punished. Are you trying to do things that have never been done? Are you seeking answers no one knows already? Risk failure to find...
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Almost Perfect

I read Almost Perfect, the story of WordPerfect Corporation, years ago, and have used the story of 'the minor change that wasn't worth testing before release' many times. "On Friday the 13th there were so many people trying to call us that our...
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Venture Deals explains it all

Venture Deals, by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, is a highly useful, and highly readable, overview of how venture capital works, with lots of very-specific examples and descriptions. This isn’t a high-concept book full of abstractions; it’s a...
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On Writing Well

Phil Gons put me on to 50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice, a delightfully-testy attack on Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. So I won't be spending the month of April toasting 50 years of the overopinionated and underinformed little book......
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Bouts-rimés (Fr., literally, “rhymed ends”)

“A form of literary amusement in which rhymes being given the participants, they fill up the verses. According to Ménage, the notion of this frivolity was derived from a saying of the French poet Dulot, whereby he accidentally let the cat out of...
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McDonald’s: Behind the Arches, by John F. Love

It has been years since I read McDonald's: Behind the Arches, but I still find myself reflecting on and sharing the lessons I learned from it. McDonald's is so familiar to all of us that it is tempting to think we understand it and its place in our...
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Read for Cash

Every year I run a "Read for Cash" program to encourage employees to read about business. Employees choose a book from a huge pile in the conference room, read it, then email a short review to the whole company. We pay 15 cents a page, up to $175. ...
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Fire Someone Today in Russian

Fire Someone Today is out in Russian... and with a five star rating, too! Now if I can just figure out how to order a copy... (FST is also available in Korean... and even...
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I love it when people agree with me…

Playwright David Mamet has experienced a change of mind. Rebuffing Anne Frank and his own liberal dogma, Mamet notes that "the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary,...
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