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October 2007

More Security, Less Safety

By Mary Boone  ·  October 31, 2007  · 

Dave Snowden has been extolling the virtues of Apple machines almost ad nauseum to me. He constantly tries to convince me that if only I had an Apple like his, my life would be complete, easy, comfortable, luscious. So I took the bait and clicked when I saw this CNET headline, "More security, less safety -- The Secure Mac: Myth or Legend?” Perhaps, I reasoned, it would offer some satisfying tidbit of information that would allow me to say “Hang on a minute, Snowden…” (In much the same way I did when we were working...

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How about bringing back slide rules?

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 31, 2007  ·  Musings

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Thanks to Sonja's brother for this delightful and witty New York Times article. If the author was British I would take it for granted that it was ironic, but I must admit to some ambiguity of interpretation with an American author, so the pinches of salt are scattered around my hotel room as I write this.

Two quotes will give you a sense of what it is about:

Like many men, I quickly established a romantic attachment to my G.P.S. I found comfort in her tranquil and slightly Anglophilic voice. I felt warm and safe following...

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Listening to Wan Li

By Mary Boone  ·  October 30, 2007  · 

I don’t know how many of you saw this article in the Financial Times, but it provides a classic example of a leader who acts in a way that is consistent with principles of complexity. Wan Li is 91 years old and leaders everywhere have a lot to learn from him. In the late 70’s, as Party Secretary of the Anhui province, he supported the Chinese farmers from the Xiaogang village who bravely decided to experiment with privatizing their rural output. This set the precedent for numerous rural reforms in China. Here’s my favorite...

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Change over time

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 29, 2007  ·  News

It's change over the time on the guest blog. My thanks to Shawn who took time out from a busy schedule (and from his own blog) to introduce the first videocasts. We now move on to Mary Boone, my co-author on the HBR article and long term friend. We first met when she was researching Managing Interactively and got on like a house on fire. I can still remember the phone conversation from my old study, with a malt whisky in my hand enjoying every minute of the conversation. We want on to an encounter in the West of Ireland with a...

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The Leaderless Organization

By Mary Boone  ·  October 29, 2007  · 

First of all let me say I’m really delighted to be guest blogging here this week. Thank you to Dave and I look forward to hearing the views of the smart people that check in here frequently.

I’ve just finished reading a very popular management book in the States that mentions in its subtitle “The Leaderless Organization.” This gave me pause because the phrase sounded familiar. What was it reminiscent of?

Then I remembered the early days of “Office Automation” and the glowing predictions in the 80s of the...

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