Luck Does Not Determine Your Essential Character

I like to point out idiocy by “experts” when I see it. And management writing in Harvard Business Review is usually such a fertile field! Today, let’s look at idiocy about luck and being a great strategist from Hans H. Hinterhuber and Wolfgang Popp (“Are You a Strategist or Just a Manager?”, Jan-Feb 1992). As Moltke observed, the good strategist …

Man sits apart. By Mead Schaeffer, c. 1933. Good Housekeeping magazine?

Why GenerationX Didn’t Get Mentors

Last time we looked at why you don’t have a mentor, and focused on the Hidden High Potentials. Today, let’s look at the generational parts of Why You Didn’t Get a Mentor. This is specific to the United States, but you may find it applicable (or not) if you live elsewhere. It turns out that those born from around 1961 …

Mountains near Château-d'Oex. (c) E. Forrest Christian

Why GenX Won’t Be Invited: Generational Politics and Keeping You Down

You’re a GenX-er who has, since the 1980s, done your time waiting for the Baby Boomers to die off so that you can be invited into the corporate office. You’ve worked hard, done the things you were told and waited on that rung of the corporate ladder, stuck while the Baby Boomers ahead of you sat, Peter Principled, fat and …