Archive for November, 2012

John P Kotter/HBR: Accelerate!

Keeping up with the pace of modern life.

We cannot ignore the daily demands of running a company, which traditional hierarchies and managerial processes can still do very well. What they do not do well is identify the most important hazards and opportunities early enough, formulate creative strategic initiatives nimbly enough, and implement them fast enough.
The existing structures and processes that together form an organization’s operating system need an additional element to address the challenges produced by mounting complexity and rapid change. The solution is a second operating system, devoted to the design and implementation of strategy, that uses an agile, networklike structure and a very different set of processes. The new operating system continually assesses the business, the industry, and the organization, and reacts with greater agility, speed, and creativity than the existing one. It complements rather than overburdens the traditional hierarchy, thus freeing the latter to do what it’s optimized to do. It actually makes enterprises easier to run and accelerates strategic change. This is not an “either or” idea. It’s “both and.” I’m proposing two systems that operate in concert.

Here’s the link.

It’s A Fat, Fat World After All

ZeroHedge: “Survival Of The Fattest”

There are multiple factors which are linked to the development of obesity globally, but sugar-sweetened drinks have attracted particular attention in the US. Sugar intake from sugar-sweetened drinks is thought to be the largest single caloric food source in the US, approaching 15% of the daily calorific intake in several population groups.

Still not convinced that the government should be involved in finding a solution. They are more typically the problem.

State Government Control Since 1938 – Graphic –

Building conservative bench strength.
Great graph at the link.

There are now more state capitals dominated by a single party —  where one party controls the legislature and the governor’s office —  than at any time since 1952.

Ace of Spades HQ: Early election analysis


The Southwest has been rumored to be the future graveyard of the GOP, but both New Mexico and Nevada outperformed the national trend. Arizona’s lack of movement is probably more the result of a slight 2008 bounce for McCain than anything else. So, perhaps that conclusion is a little premature.Those all-important swing states of Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado? All of them underperformed the national trend. I’m sure Obama’s ad blitz, early voting push and microtargeting focus on these states had plenty to do with that.Some good news: the Rust Belt (minus Ohio) seems to be moving in the GOP’s direction as a region. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite fast enough for the 2012 election but Republicans would be smart to target this region more forcefully in upcoming elections.Finally, the gut punch: See the five reddest states on that map? This indicates the strongest movement towards the GOP in 2012 and all five states went to Mitt Romney decisively. There were also Senate races in those five states. We lost four of them.

Read the whole thing here.

C-SPAN: Greg Lukianoff on new book Unlearning Liberty

Any good? Let me know.

Greg Lukianoff, author and President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, discussed his book,Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, about free speech issues on campus and more.

2012 Presidential vote totals vs 2008

Google Docs National Popular Vote Tracker, 2008 vs 2012. Romney finally exceeds McCain total. Obama has about 5.5M fewer votes in 2012 than 2008.

Jim Geraghty: A Tale of Two Hurricanes

Jim Geraghty of National Review Online on the close of the election & the impact of hurricane Sandy on the outcome:

Clearly the electorate included a significant number of disappointed Obama voters who were wavering, and who were looking for an excuse to feel good about the president again, a reason that would justify a second vote. Hurricane Sandy provided that reason, just when Obama needed it.Secondly, think about Romney’s closing argument, that he could end the partisan division; as a governor who had worked with a heavily Democratic state legislature, he could end the party warfare in Washington and get things done. And just as the late deciders tuned in, here was Obama looking buddy-buddy with Chris Christie in New Jersey, the GOP governor who had given the party’s keynote address. Sandy stepped on the closing message that only Romney could heal the partisan divide, while dominating news coverage and blocking out much other news.

RELATED: Also by Geraghty: How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?

Considering how there was little dispute that another four years of Obama would mean another four years of government growing bigger and taking a more active role in citizens’ lives, and how no one really thought Johnson would win, it would appear that the 1.22 million Libertarian voters were content to “send a message” with their votes . . . a message that will now be almost entirely ignored in Washington.