Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 15

Good morning! Less than one week until the eclipse – make sure your glasses are legit.

 

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Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

“Business acumen is irrelevant in running an effective government organization,” Blake said, adding that business skills actually can be a detriment. “Government is about paying attention to other stakeholders and listening to find common ground.” – Frank Blake, former Home Depot CEO to Rotary Club of Atlanta.

He was talking about his work with Grady being different than THD, but I think the quote resonates.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think there are some aspects business should be helpful in government: evaluating/hiring talent, identifying weaknesses/strengths of an organization, cost/benefit analysis…

And there are good businesspeople- who know their business and make informed decisions, and have strategic vision. Then there are the other businesspeople, who depend on ruthlessness and bravado to succeed.
Trump is the latter.
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He doesn’t really apply traditional business acumen, he applies the “despot” acumen. We’ll see how it works because he isn’t going to change. It’s the only tool set he has.

bethebalance
bethebalance

There is also a trend where businesses are incorporating more from government management practices. The idea of a “socially responsible” corporation or fund, or a “benefit corporation” all look to metrics other than short-term profit to measure and establish long-term wealth and sustainability. This trend recognizes the simple fact that there are producers, consumers, and other stakeholders who see money as a means towards deeper meaning, morals, etc.

rickday
rickday

“Nonetheless, Dr. Egert suggested that in most cases it may be best to throw away your sponge when it starts to stink — a sign that the nasty bacteria may be there — even if it may not harm you. This decision to toss, said Dr. Egert, means balancing hygiene and sterility, thriftiness and a sustainable environment. The United States Department of Agriculture also suggests buying new sponges frequently, as they are “difficult to clean.” ”

A most corporate beneficial suggestion, I must say!

I had no idea the sponge lobby was so powerful! The industry must be cleaning up!

Will Durant
Will Durant

Well, we could always show some love to other corporations by just zapping them in the microwave, though, come to think of it, I doubt any of those are still made in ‘Murica.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It took Trump only 54 minutes to attack Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier after Frazier announced his resignation from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council yesterday.
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Who knew a black CEO would object to serving a President for which racist violence was merely one of “many sides” intruding on a country club vacation?
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No worries, Trump showed he meant it with the quickness of white on rice Making Amerika Great Again with his timely “Racism is evil” remark.

Ellynn
Ellynn

It really was robots in the rustbelt states…
And because, you know, it’s a graph.

https://www.axios.com/robots-are-landing-but-in-clumps-2472985699.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

Sooo… Trump’s been working with the Russians to sell robots at a discount to Big Manufacturing so workers would get disgruntled and vote for Trump?
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Works for me.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I played with this over lunch. Most of the places that have robots out side the rust belt are major military bases, transportation hubs for ports or rail, or have a specialized manufacture in area. If you go to the Great Lakes Ohio Valley rust belt area, almost every place is a major manufacturing area. They say the jobs went to other countries with NAFTA. Some did. Most of the mid size plants shut down in the 1980’s in these states due to acquisition and liquidation. My 1st cousin works for Oshkosh Truck. His job is programing and monitoring the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Partly mitigated by the people who build, transport, install, and maintain those robots!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Anyone else catch Trump going full drunk uncle at his infrastructure press conference?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Hoo boy. alt right protesting at Google this Saturday. In Atlanta.