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In Praise of Recruiting Perfection

Let’s pick up from where we left off in praise of guitar perfection with the Canteri team of father, son and amazing guitar.  The definition I offered there was: “As opposed to some absolute thing, hard and brittle, perfection is simply the relationship where beauty, or goodness, or skill pulls all attention away from any […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Final Part

[Originally posted on LinkedIn 12/23/10]  Today is the last day of the working year for me, my friends. How about you? What will you be doing through Christmas and into your New Year celebration? Never shy to do so, I’ll offer my counsel to you right now. Be a friend. Be a true friend. Consider… […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 57 of a Continuing Series

Today we’re going to turn two magically into three. You have two Angels, you know. One is good, the other isn’t. Or perhaps we must say you have an Angel and a Demon. Oh these words. A Demon really shouldn’t be confused with the Greek Daemon, which if you play with it enough you’ll see […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 56 of a Continuing Series

Two for each other against one apart. What has our mathematics given us? It gives us the transition from emotion to proof. It takes a certain strategic genius to isolate your world down to such tiny parameters, with such black and white clarity. But, the tactics here open the door. Let’s look at a couple […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 55 of a Continuing Series

Posted originally on LinkedIn 12/20/10 What kind of Scrooge must I be, talking about politics and what not the week before Christmas? I hope I’m more like the reformed Scrooge after his three trips than you might at first imagine. Here’s my point: There is no gift you can ever give yourself that could ever […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 54 of a Continuing Series

Today I’m going to try to persuade you that something I inherently hate is inherently good, and worthy, if not of our love than at least of our commitment to mastery. I inherently hate politics. I am utterly wrong to do so. The way I work with myself, you know, bringing myself along the path […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 53 of a Continuing Series

We delved our first principle last time. Today we’ll consider the next two: II. There are both friends and enemies; and no progress can be safeguarded or confidently won without recognizing and addressing their existence. III. You must have both tactics and strategies for identifying, testing and building friendship at work; you must have tactics […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 52 of a Continuing Series

We proposed the following four principles Monday: I. To hit your goals, you will require the help of friends as you of necessity overcome the opposition of enemies. II. There are both friends and enemies; and no progress can be safeguarded or confidently won without recognizing and addressing their existence. III. You must have both […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 51 of a Continuing Series

How well have you done with your time machine? Did you make it back to the 15th century and follow the life and death forces at the court? Have you ever danced with Machiavelli’s tunes before, or did they catch your ear this time, possibly, for the first time? How well did you do; what […]

“Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Part 50 of a Continuing Series

Machiavelli is possibly the ultimate counselor for politicians. They’re the closest things to princes today, in most peoples’ minds. Me, I think of the CEOs and Chairmen of the Boards of the great corporations, in their corporate jets, flying around like Apollo pulled by his four horses through the heavens. I see them as more […]