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“Know the Most About a Little”

Posted by on Aug 6, 2011 in IBM vs. Gartner, 1980s | 11 comments

“Know the Most About a Little”

IBM vs. Gartner During the 1980s, Part 1   After leaving Oppenheimer to create, launch and manage Gartner Group in 1979, I continued to personally write and publish about the IBM Corporation — just as I had done previously for my financial buy-side clients (banks, insurance companies, et al.). Forbes quoted me in 1972: “there is nothing IBM does that fails to impact every aspect of the industry…I prefer to know the most about a little, rather than a little about most”. Other analysts at Gartner also commented on...

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MUSIC: An Open Letter to Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Arts - Music, Books, more, Music | 7 comments

In March of 2010 I wrote a post called Innovation Often Redesigns the Status Quo: Musicin which I wrote about my frustration with the “program notes” passed out at classical concerts and my appreciated but unused reformatting of these notes. Today I would like to share a letter I wrote, but never sent to Clive Gillinson, British Chief Honcho of Carnegie Hall, about a year ago further criticizing the god-awful program notes of Carnegie Hall. Dear Clive, Yesterday’s Ein Heldenleben was extremely well performed by the Cleveland...

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Israel Might Be The Third Country to Reach the Moon!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Middle East & Israel | 17 comments

Israel Might Be The Third Country to Reach the Moon!

Recently, my wife and I hosted a party at our apartment in NYC, which was celebrating a small team which might fulfill Israel’s desire to reach the moon, in competition with much larger nations! A video of the party can be found below: The competition was all Google’s idea: for countries to enroll  in order to reinvigorate space research! The Google competition is called Lunar X (www.googlelunarxprize.org) and its prizes total  $30 million. Three young Israelis are working hard to hopefully win,  and to contribute any prize money...

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Genius Economist Suggests Solution to Housing Problem

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in Economy | 97 comments

Genius Economist Suggests Solution to Housing Problem

John Geanakoplos, professor of economics at Yale, believes the government's plan to stem the wave of foreclosures by reducing interest payments, does not address the foreclosure problem. Instead, he proposes that banks and bondholders write down principal far enough to give homeowners some (or more) equity in their homes, which will encourage them to start paying their mortgages again and avoid future defaults.

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Israel May Be Exposed To Nasty Iinternational Pressure

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Middle East & Israel | 7 comments

Israel May Be Exposed To Nasty Iinternational Pressure

In the New York Times, early this June 2011, David Brooks wrote about the depraved Middle East.  Syria has been a state sponsor of terror for 30 years, with habitual torture techniques (I won’t go into the sordid details).  During the past few weeks Hassad has killed more than 1,000 protestors and jailed over 10,000.  This is one of the most depraved regimes ever, yet Israel is being asked to negotiate with this regime and compromise, trusting  that Syria will observe any peace agreement.  These processes towards peace are obtuse,...

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Which Executive Education School Is Tops?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Education, FoA (Future of America) | 207 comments

Which Executive Education School Is Tops?

Interestingly, executive education rankings by various publications produce results which seem all over the map. In fact, the results within each one of these publications may very wildly from year to year. My general news Bible happens to be the Financial Times (FT). FYI, in 2011 Harvard was #4, IMD #5, Columbia #17, Stanford #32, UCLA #36, and my alma mater MIT Sloan, #54! This seems like such BS. For example, last year MIT ranked 33. Did it really drop 21 places in a single year? (In other words 19 universities displaced it in a...

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Robert Reich’s Straight Talk in June 2, 2011 Financial Times

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Economy, FoA (Future of America) | 11 comments

Robert Reich’s Straight Talk in June 2, 2011 Financial Times

The U.S. economy. was supposed to improve by late Spring, it has not yet moved fast enough to improve employment. Housing $s continue to fall faster than in our Great Depression; where demand is concerned, there’s little, with Europe debt + Japan’s tragedy + China’s tightening, all reducing demand. The Fed stimulus has run its course and starved states continue to cut. Democrats act as though they are not in power, while Republicans hope the economy rots until election day! Does Washington think it’s on another planet?...

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Worst Classical Music Publication in the World?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Arts - Music, Books, more, Music | 16 comments

Worst Classical Music Publication in the World?

The once prominent ‘BBC Music Magazine’ let me down in its April issue. Its cover feature, called “The 20 Greatest Conductors of All Time,” was beyond disappointing. Being a classical music jockey I could not wait to read the results. I was eager to perhaps discover what method could possibly allow any publication to define the variables which make for great conducting, and to have the chutzpah of picking the best!   I steeled myself and turned the page to see the BBC’s results. The #1 winner was Carlos...

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Stan Dale Grows Conference 600% In One Year!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Gartnerite Memories | 3 comments

  Stan Dale had just joined Gartner Group in sales, the summer of 1983.  His territory was New England and shortly thereafter Bell Canada was added to his accounts. The following spring he and his associates decided to do some prospecting seminars in Canada – Bell Canada was then Gartner’s only Canadian account and they were receiving only one service, Telecom (STS).  It was decided to go with our strength so an ILCM (Large System) briefing was set for Toronto.  They followed the usual marketing protocols of buying a list,...

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Peggy Pedwano: Culture Breeds Pride

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Gartnerite Memories | 6 comments

Peggy Pedwano was one of our most reliable and enthusiastic administrators, which is saying much given the strength of our admin, which was crucial in delivering client service. Her fondest memories of Gartner are the earliest days of everyone working together whether typing up greensheets (on IBM Selectric typewriters!), to stuffing binders, to prepare and enjoy “Gartner Gatherings”, and executive’s generosity – “always rewarding us with great things”! Peggy and others got to know one another really well, not just at work...

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