Working

Business is more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind more continuously, and more deeply.
—Bagehot

May 032017
 

Engineers build things; then scientists explain how they work.

Apr 252017
 

Personnel became Human Resources, which will serve as an epigraph for the past century; and then HR, which will serve for the present one.

Mar 212017
 

To the horrors of war every soldier becomes inured; it is the petty harassments and nagging discomforts of war that dispirit and defeat him.

Mar 012017
 

Every discipline attempts to transfer sovereignty from the consumer to the producer; “professionalism” is our name for a successful coup.

Feb 222017
 

Collegiality is implacably hostile to independence of mind, and it can be avoided only by not having colleagues.

Feb 102017
 

Great innovations appear made by many simultaneously, because we consign to obscurity anyone more than a week or two ahead of his time.

Jan 242017
 

The mark of the journalist is to confuse truth with accuracy.

Jan 182017
 

Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.

Jan 112017
 

A career can be fashioned from a single idea. Two may be tolerated. Three or more are fatal.