Archive | December, 2010

Wealth vs. Poverty

Political mentor of mine, David Hall, recently turned me on to a new Google labs web service – Books Ngram Viewer. It allows you to search for the percentage of occurrence of words or phrases in book published from 1800 until today. While playing with it, I typed in the terms wealth and poverty. From […]
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On the end of DADT, but a troubling image

Note to readers: While running for Texas State Senate, I kept my political posts in this space to a minimum, but now that the election is over, I find it difficult to continue to separate the political stuff. So, if you don’t like the political stuff, please just ignore it. Most of my post will […]
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MOASQ

For the past six months I have been delivering a workshop for Sage partners on developing business strategy in a small business. There is nothing like teaching a subject over a sustained period of time to help you clarify your thoughts. (By the way, I believe this is the case because of the number of […]
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Management Kills Profit

Premise A: The primary purpose of business management is to reduce uncertainty about the future – making outcomes more predicable by reducing risk. Premise B: Profits in business come from taking risks. I can’t help but wonder if this means that management, in the long run, kills profit. Help me understand how A is in […]
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Rethinking Peter Block’s Questions

For a long time I have been an admirer of Peter Block. His works Flawless Consulting, The Answer to How is Yes! and Community have long been on my recommended reading list. Especially intriguing to me have been the six transformations of questions that he posits in The Answer to How… Here they are as […]
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Ed Kless Is Wrong

Once again, the self-proclaimed Defender of the Timesheet and Champion of the Dissenters, Greg Kyte, is at it again. This time he takes me on rather than Ron Baker of VeraSage. Dear Ron, Quite awhile ago, I sent the following letter to the Journal of Accountancy, but apparently they were too scared to print the […]
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So Very Close!

In an on-line article in Accounting Today entitled Value is in the eye of the beholder, Deena Katz writes eloquently about the subjective theory of value. For that I salute her. However, she misses the mark when it comes to understanding exactly what she is providing. She writes: Think about your services. First of all, they […]
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