Tuesday, February 09, 2010


"Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own." - Sidney J. Harris

"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know." - Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

"The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools." - Doug Larson

I am reading a great book and I strongly recommend it to you. I especially recommend it if you are interested in management, leadership, influence and work. It traces the history of management and work in the USA from the time of Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until the financial blow up of 2008. The Hopper brothers wrote this book and called it, The Puritan Gift because the Puritans developed a unique and very successful manner of managing the Massachusetts Bay Colony while other colonizations failed miserably.

If you wonder why the current managers are failing to understand their employees and their customers, read The Puritan Gift. If you wonder why so many "smart" leaders do such dumb things, read it again. If you wonder why we elected an administration that lacks a single person with practical experience, ponder what the Hopper brothers from Scotland have to say.

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