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In Praise Of Laziness

Do less, think more. Don’t confuse being busy with being productive. “Creative people’s most important resource is their time — particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time — and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their most productive when, to the manager’s untutored eye, they appear to be doing nothing” (1,000 words)

Management Tips For The Catholic Church

“The world’s oldest multinational is also, by many measures, its most successful, with 1.2 billion customers, 1m employees, tens of millions of volunteers, a global distribution network, a universally recognised logo, unrivalled lobbying clout and a successful emerging-markets operation. Its core competence lies in providing spiritual goods” (971 words)

Management Tips For The Catholic Church

“The world’s oldest multinational is also, by many measures, its most successful, with 1.2 billion customers, 1m employees, tens of millions of volunteers, a global distribution network, a universally recognised logo, unrivalled lobbying clout and a successful emerging-markets operation. Its core competence lies in providing spiritual goods”

Simplify And Repeat

New management doctrine: Keep it simple. “Successful companies make great efforts to keep their business model as simple as possible. And they apply it relentlessly to new opportunities.” Examples: Ikea, McDonald’s, Apple

Great Bad Men As Bosses

“Many tycoons suffer from what Norwegians call stormannsgalskap, the madness of great men. It’s particularly common among media barons, not least because they frequently blur the line between reporting reality and shaping it”

The Catalan Kings

“What is the right balance between stars and the rest of mankind? Should you buy talent or grow your own? How can you harness consumers to promote your brand?” All questions answered for management students by Barcelona FC

Why Do Firms Exist?

If the market is so efficient, why create lots of little centrally-planned bureaucracies called companies? And if companies are so efficient, why don’t they go on growing forever? Ronald Coase found the answer

Down With Fun

Contradiction of trying to introduce fun into the workplace, as a spur to creativity. “As soon as fun becomes part of a corporate strategy it becomes an empty shell, a tiresome imposition”

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