Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thoughts 8/2/2009

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, 1917

Thoughts 8/2/2009

I read some more of In Search of Excellence today. The section I am reading is on motivation. They make a few interesting claims; positive reinforcement works better than negative reinforcement, it is better to have a culture focused on serving the customer than one focused on internal politics, and people need to find meaning in their work. The book is quite thoughtful. It draws from psychology, management theory, and examples from real companies like Caterpillar, IBM, and Ore-Ida. The writing is entertaining.

I tried to start reading Warhammer Elfslayer A Gotrix & Felix Novel by Nathan Long. After the first chapter I put it down. It was predictable and formulaic to the point of being mildly ridiculous. Some books are not worth reading or reviewing.

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