March 9th, 2007

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More from Drucker

Another quote from Drucker that struck a chord:

The task of management is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their strengths effective and their weaknesses irrelevant. This is what organization is all about, and it is the reason that management is the critical, determining factor.

With all the emphasis that management gets on synergy, sums being greater than the parts, and so on, there’s very little on ameliorating weaknesses collectively. I suppose it follows directly from division of labour, but I have to wonder if it might provide better returns consciously applied.

(From The Daily Drucker, a neat few-paragraphs-a-day book full of excerpts from Drucker’s writing.)

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Meta: Comment moderation

By the way, I’m still getting the hang of Wordpress and anti-spam plugins and comment moderation, so apologies if your comment is accidentally put in the moderation queue and takes a while for your comment to show up. Part of that is because Akismet’s getting a few false positives lately, part of it is because I had the URL threshold for the moderation queue set too low, and part of it is because I forget I have to go in and clean that out occasionally.

(Incidentally, Akismet’s catching about 30 spam comments a day, and Bad Behavior another 20 or so so far.)

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Embracing the tubes

Candice pointed out to me this morning that US presidential hopeful John Edwards has a myspace, livejournal, youtube, del.icio.us, xanga, facebook, flickr, orkut, metacafe, tagworld, 43Things, yahoo! 360°, essembly, gather, partybuilder, ning, revver, blip.tv, CHBN, vSocial, collectivex, bebo, care2, and hi5 account.

I think this is what those in the campaign management profession call “trying too hard”. Be sure to read his website’s little blurbs about all of those services. And don’t forget your John Edwards wallpaper, blog badges, email signature images, and banner ads!

(Someone ought to buy the man a paid LiveJournal account already.)

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