Genghis Khan

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Just finished watching a one hour documentary on Genghis from the BBC. Well produced, and quite riveting. Did a good job on explaining Genghis’ superb generalship (no, I do not approve of his violent methods, but you can’t help but admire his strategic thinking …), but only really hinted (I guess because of the time allowed) at the “civilian” infrastructure he put in place to hold the empire together. Would have been worth two hours of filming!

I quite like the “guide to management” Jennifer Quinn of the BBC wrote alongside the program.

  • Profit share
  • Hate office politics
  • Run a meritocracy
  • Embrace change
  • Think ahead

Nothing new under the sun?

Business Week: “Blogs Will Change Your Business”

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Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up…or catch you later

Monday 9:30 a.m. It’s time for a frank talk. And no, it can’t wait. We know, we know: Most of you are sick to death of blogs. Don’t even want to hear about these millions of online journals that link together into a vast network. And yes, there’s plenty out there not to like. Self-obsession, politics of hate, and the same hunger for fame that has people lining up to trade punches on The Jerry Springer Show. Name just about anything that’s sick in our society today, and it’s on parade in the blogs. On lots of them, even the writing stinks….

Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they’re simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they’re going to shake up just about every business — including yours.”