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A very honest column in the New York Times by David Carr. He writes about the daily worry amongst newspaper reporters and editors whether they can finish their careers in their profession. Carr writes: “I think that quality newspapers could go on for years and attract a very solid readership, but you have an industry…

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A very honest column in the New York Times by David Carr. He writes about the daily worry amongst newspaper reporters and editors whether they can finish their careers in their profession. Carr writes: “I think that quality newspapers could go on for years and attract a very solid readership, but you have an industry with problems that is still struggling to be among the most profitable in the country,” said Mr. Roberts, the former editor of The Inquirer (and a former managing editor at The New York Times) ... “there used to be a dozen ways to measure success in our business and now there is only one.”

Posted by Joel on May 27 2006 • Journalism

The Management Myth

There is a very good article in the June issue of The Atlantic. It’s called “The Management Myth.” Matthew Stewart, a former business consultant, writes “most of management theory is inane ... if you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead.”

Stewart helped start a successful consultancy, so he knows of what he speaks. His article does a good job of unveiling the wizard behind the curtain, so to speak. “As I plowed through tomes on competitive strategy, business process re-engineering, and the like, not once did I catch myself thinking, Damn! If only I had known this sooner! Instead, I found myself thinking things I never thought I’d think, like, I’d rather be reading Heidegger! It was a disturbing experience. It thickened the mystery around the question that had nagged me from the start of my business career: Why does management education exist?” Worth the read.

Posted by Joel on May 09 2006 • Current Affairs