Posts Tagged ‘short-term’

See of Galilee ? כנרת שלי, ההיית או חלמתי חלום

September 26, 2009

2008-07-06-kineretswimisraeltoday was the 56th “צליחת הכנרת”

For one man, 75 years old, it was his 54th. i only captured his first name, בן-עמי


Leonard Cohen was here last week and gave a 3 hour performance at age 75. hallelujah!

enjoy your body. if i will start taking care of mine, it may take care of me

For Gil my son it was his first. for me, my second. a great pleasure and fulfillment of a long-term dream to do that swim with him. good for your body,too. Click here for tips re long distance open water swimming, now a new Olympic sport (due to triathlons?).

The real triumph is when your body says stop, (or your son’s body) and you crack the mental barrier. the next few kilometers become easier. yet another indication how we are wired for short term goals, and not long term ones.

sad to see (of galilee) the kineret so empty.

the image i will take away is how the thousands of people looked like ants across the 3.5? km route.

helps you keep things in proportion


man for all seasons

November 17, 2008

a man for all seasons is a 1954 play by robert bolt.

The plot is based on the true story of Saint Thomas More, the 16th-century Chancellor of England, who helps to endorse or denounce King Henry VIII’s wish to divorce his aging wife Catherine of Aragon, who could not bear him a son, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn, the sister of his former mistress. The play portrays More as a man of principle, envied by rivals such as Thomas Cromwell and loved by the common people and by his family.

Bolt himself was an agnostic and a socialist, and thus he presumably admired More not because he identified with More’s religious beliefs, but rather with his refusal to bend to the will of the king.

key takeaways:

  • building institutional trust. slow, painful, but worthwhile
  • the answer to events you can not prepare for, depend on your value system
  • Tylenol case: success by not listening to lawyers
  • when the success spiral is broken
  • measure yourself by the line between your words, deeds and values. is it straight?



obama and mcCain

both from common roots, breakaway, inspirtation. suffering and redemption.

hero myth in cultural relativism. is it not overdone? too individualistic? what about the systemic problems. overplay of individuals and cliches. messianic appointments. short-termism. individual branding. celebrating the leaders. lesson of Candide, ‘cultivate your own garden’.

managing in crises. leaders caught up in their ceos brands.

tarnished brands: BP, Whole foods, yum brands, coca cola doug eivester, raytheon

vs. enhanced brands:

J&J Tylenol joined individual identity and that of the brand, mattel lead in toys, china david eckert. Southwest, jet blue COO valentine’s day 27 shows with apologies. fired the CEO while doing everything right and david barger became COO. UPS.

lots of time spent on Tylenol case.

  • legacy
  • research, facts
  • join regulators and competitors
  • set high goals, visibility, told what he knew along the way

leaders: the urge to create

  • net producer. contributor
  • apart from the crowd
  • immortal legacy

charismatic leadership

  • personal dynamism
  • authenticity
  • empathy
  • accountability

how come dragon slayers become in later career the dragons themselves

anne mulcahy. xerox.


October 13, 2008

power, manipulating people. use there biases to get to the decisions you want

key terms/resources for lecture

nudge is a must read book. sets a libertarian paternalism tone for government to create bias to people’s behaviors. becoming a big policy book. e.g. government should make organ donation as an opt-out.

for a critique of nudge, take a look at

for a review:

for top 12 nudges look at:

dan ariely’s book – predictably irrational is makes waves.

save more tomorrow. creating a bias for long term saving vs short term . opt-in vs opt-out. organ donation.

key takeaways:

manana – i will do it tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes

start retirement savings at 20, 10 years x 2K

common information bias. groups tend to share the common information, not the unique. so if we all know 5 good things about james and each knows 3 different good things about david, james will come out as the better guy

how to solve, facilitation, experts, straw man, delphi system

The power of example vs the example of power

October 3, 2008

discussion re book: The Power and the Story

author Evan W. Cornog, PhD. dean, Columbia school of Journalism and was press secratery

He is the author of, The Power and the Story: How the Crafted Presidential Narrative has Determined Political Success from George Washington to George W. Bush (2004); Hats in the Ring: An Illustrated History of American Presidential Campaigns [with Richard Whelan] (2000); The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828 (1998)

key takeaways:

it seems people need to hear a good story

we are in the age of soundbites which are powerful in memory.

e.g “John Kennedy was a friend of mine”.

political campaigns are not about debates or opinions, but a battle of stories, crafting images and reputation.

journalism is losing its value-add. no longer more of a point of view or predicting the future.

humor is very powerful, devastating.


in political candidacy, it seems to matter less if the story is true, you need a powerful personal narrative.

think how many ‘heros’ in our lives, including sports teams actually write a story.

it is tough to change a story, but it is possible (red sox).

we are now seeing the end of the free-market reagan narrative. now, regulation is american motherhood like apple pie. democrats are out of a narrative for a long time. roosevelt built it, it lost touch with lack of inclusion of afro-americans since the 60s, and now the democratic party is coming up with a new story

the press has a strong role here. see jefferson comments.


it seems this is more american than rest of the world, but difference is decreasing.

why? party system is loosing power vs candidate. age of celebirty

the post debate analysis is just as important as the debate.

you tube is powerful in this reconciliation. that is hard to over-turn


A sound bite is an audiolinguistic and social communications phenomenon whose nature was recognized in the late 20th century, helped by people such as Marshall McLuhan. It is characterized by a short phrase or sentence that deftly captures the essence of what the speaker is trying to say. Such key moments in dialogue (or monologue) stand out better in the audience’s memory and thus become the “taste” that best represents the entire “meal” of the larger message or conversation. Sound bites are a natural consequence of people placing ever greater emphasis on summarizing ever-increasing amounts of information in their lives.

what’s better, to bite on chocolate or to let it melt in your mouth?

October 1, 2008

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a topic that is lately on my mind is short-termism.

it is a modern disease.

i can explain many problems in my life, and society in general, using the fact that humans prefer short-term to long-term. too much so.

global warming? short-termism! wall-street meltdown? short-termism. the way political campaigns are run – short-termism. why kids do less reading and studying (and if they do it is with an ipod, TV and PC turned on),  short-termism.

of particular blame in my mind is McDo (that’s how the french call McDonald’s). they taught an entire generation that toys are to be used for 10 minutes max, and you have to have the entire collection. so quality vs quantity is a highly related issue to short-termism. when i was a kid i would get about 2 toys a year and would play with them till they break-down, and then i would have to find ways to fix them or patch them. Lego would never break. but boy, some of my bricks had round corners from use and re-use. of course, today’s generation are more brilliant and are better at multi-tasking.

i am still fascinated by high utilization and resource sharing. when i cut lime into my soda water, i use the lime not just for one glass, but for two. what am i saving here? i will still throw away the unused lime that i am sparing.

i guess i am from the long-term clan. last of the mohicans. (actually, the mohicans are still around, and the claim that the last one died was a short-term impulse. read here. boy, that was a hard book to read. never finished it)

when i was a kid,  when my older brother and i would get a box of bon-bons, i would save the best for last. He would go for best first. short-termist. what’s the result? i would get the very bad stuff first and the bad, but not very bad for last.

this year i decided to stop with delay of instant gratification. (thus, sold two companies that were short-term optimization [and now seem like a good decision]) . i guess that is one reason i am here at yale. stop delaying pleasure and start consuming. the power of now.

the  piece of chocolate  just melted away

happy new year!

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vision without execution is hallucination

September 30, 2008

leading a global company with geffrey garten. ex under-secretary of commerce, ex dean ex managing director of Blackstone Group

book: the mind of the ceo

click here to read review

are we going thru inflation, deflation, stagflation? for how long?

EMERGING markets. 2000 75% of gdp was in emerging markets. in 2050 25%.

expansion will occur in ‘new countries’ = non OECD, and new groups within those countires

CSR is big, especially for young employees.

CEOs see their role as one that overcomes and eliminates the barriers within their organizations. but they are global leaders. statesmen who deal with multiple governements and the environment.

role of CEO changes. it is too big for one person in a global company.

delegation is a key managerial task

CEOs share:

  • energy
  • surround yourself with great people
  • execution. whatever you do, do well

some good qualities for cross-sector

  • measure
  • know what you do not know
  • what is success, know it in your mind, define it, make it known.
  • ability to assess ‘what is the problem’ in complex scenarios
  • listen. people well tell you a lot of stuff. ‘bury the lede’