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Saturday, June 05, 2004

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Friday, June 04, 2004

Mr. Bush announced the resignation of the 51-year-old Mr. Tenet in a way that was almost bizarre. He had just addressed reporters and photographers in a fairly innocuous Rose Garden session with Prime Minister John Howard of Australia. Then the session was adjourned....
He then goes inside and mentions to Cheney, Powell, Rice, Andy Card and communications director, Dan Bartlett, all, I presume, assembled in the Oval Office for a game of Pictionary, that "Oh yeah, did I tell you Tenet gave me his resignation last nite? No? Sorry, must've slipped my mind."

NYT again:
Minutes later, Mr. Bush reappeared on the White House lawn to make the short walk to Marine One, the presidential helicopter. En route, he stopped to make the statement about Mr. Tenet's resignation to a group of reporters.
Deborah Norville: What's your impression of Paul Wolfowitz?

Tom Clancy: Is he working for our side?

Jeebus Light.

I nominate this guy for Director, CIA and/or Chief Asskicker and Nametaker:

Absence of Malice, 1981

Asst. A.G., Wells:
At the end of today two things are gonna be true that ain't true now. One is we're going to know what in the good Christ has been going on down here, and two is I'm going to have somebody's ass in my briefcase....
Tom Friedman: Okay, I was way-way-goofy wrong about Iraq. But trust me, this outsourcing thing's gonna be grreeat!

3 Pulitzer Prizes. For what? I guess for his Really? How neat!! analytical reporting. Incisive. Layered. Like a junior high AV geek interviewing the Varsity Cheerleaders....

Oh hell, I don' t have it in me. This evening's ouvre, Tom Friedman Reports: The Other Side of Outsourcing was that campy-bad. They say it will repeat Mon nite on Discovery. I may have stopped laughing enough by then to actually post more. Maybe. If you're lucky, maybe not.

In the meantime, here's The Onion's Shorter-Tom-Friedman-if-Tom-Friedman-had-human-DNA:

And here'sCFO Magazine's current take on the subject. They seem to have human DNA and, unlike Friedman, they actually can be funny when they try to be. Sometimes.

Links stolen from Drezner and other people much smarter than me.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Dispatches from the Metaphor in Motion Department

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Corporate Drone #1178:
" I was sayin', Work. Eat. Sleep. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Whoa! Where the hell did that come from?"
Bet you think you know your office like the back of your hand, yes? Sure. Bet whenever corporate changes are imminent, you hear them coming over the hill with all the subtlety of a kids' pots and pans drum corps. Yes? The above was one of numerous unannounced appearances of sculpture and media surprises [we] created to soften up a client's culture for big changes; necessary, long overdue changes. No explanations. No fuss. Just Poof!, "hey, another one!" Not like clockwork. Give it a lull. Then, a different day, you round another corner, a different Poof-Poof! "Hey! Two more!" Still no answers. Just wondering. And maybe a teeny bit of nervous imbalance.

There's a method to the madness.

Non-drone, Seth Godin, notes on Page 20 of Purple Cow:
The reason it's so hard to follow the leader is this: The leader is the leader because he did something remarkable. And that remarkable thing is now taken -- it's no longer remarkable when you do it.
Leadership is two things.

1. Creating change.

2. Guiding others through change.

Funny thing about change. People hate the idea of it, resist the challenges of it, then bask in the glory of it. It's that thing about success having a thousand fathers and failure being an orphan. Change equals the chance of failure. Well then, make change the baby left on their doorstep. Lot's of babies. Incremental but remarkable babies. Keep 'em coming.

People don't remark on what they know is coming. For this reason, leadership that heralds "change" sets itself up for a fall.

People slighly off balance--for the right reasons--are more aware and more alive. Because life is more interesting. That ain't a bad sensation whether you're a consumer or an employee. It doesn't mean dumptrucks of cash either. Just the opposite. You just have to be, must be, brilliant in your poverty. Or find someone to do it for you.

Don't ask. Just do. And keep doing.

Keep, um, you know.... Leading.

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