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Jul 7 11 9:24 AM

Jay, I'm surprised you didn't know that the thing about making a difference, is that most people who are impacted positively will not report back to you for a long time, if ever.

As for good books, I have recently read Ayaan Hirsi Ali's books and also "Good to Great" all of which were worth the time.

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Jul 7 11 10:12 AM

I read "Good to Great" when a client recommended it years ago. It's a "feel good" book for sure (the idea of the humble leader succeeding, etc.). But my feeling is it's driven to a large degree by the author's wishful thinking. Most of the "Great" companies are now in the tank, including (and especially) Fannie Mae. Here's a post I did on this very subject:

Is Oprah a Narcissistic Leader?

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions - Confucius

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Jul 8 11 10:23 AM

Nice post on that subject.  For me, I was also less convinced of that particular item - as you point out, whether someone is humble or not is actually not always obvious.  A few items I took away from it were that the successful company didn't have to be in a perfect industry (or market period), that the person had to believe in a vision for a long time (years) even in the face of obstacles, and the importance of simple metrics (settting and measuring by goals).  I also was unimpressed with his use of the hedgehog metaphor, which it seemed to me he had not even understood in the first place, being a fox himself.  As far as your question what is a humble narcissist, many people would say that is the description of our current President.

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Jul 8 11 11:35 PM

"This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water supply. After that, I turned the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined what the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log onto the internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the Government can't do anything right."- this was unfortunately signed anon.
I encountered this on a site and found it rather charming:) and kinda hopeful in a way, with all that goes smoothly in our day:)

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