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In Search Of Stupidity

Author : Merrill R. (Rick) Chapman
ISBN : 1430202416
Genre : Computers
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Includes new chapters and a "What have we learned?" analysis of all original chapters Offers practical advice on avoiding PR disaster. Includes a new foreword by Eric Sink
Category: Computers

In Search Of Stupidity

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ISBN : 1430252162
Genre : Business failures
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In Search of Stupidity is National Lampoon meets Peter Drucker. It's a funny and well-written business book that takes a look at some of the most influential marketing and business philosophies of the last 20 years and, through the dark glass of hindsight, provides an educational and vastly entertaining examination of why they didn't work for many of the country's largest and best-known high-tech companies. Make no mistake: most of them did not work. Marketing wizard Richard Chapman takes readers on a hilarious ride in this book, which is richly illustrated with cartoons and reproductions of many of the actual campaigns used at the time. Filled with personal anecdotes spanning Chapman's remarkable career (he was present at many now-famous meetings and events), In Search of Stupidity is a no-holds-barred look at the best of the worst hopeless marketing ideas and business decisions in the last 20 years of the technology industry.
Category: Business failures

The Stupidity Epidemic

Author : Joel Best
ISBN : 9781136164682
Genre : Social Science
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Critics often warn that American schools are failing, and that our students are ill-prepared for the challenges the future holds, and may even be "the dumbest generation." We can think of these claims as warning about a Stupidity Epidemic. This essay begins by tracing the history of the idea of that American students, teachers, and schools are somehow getting worse; the record shows that critics have been issuing such warnings for more than 150 years. It then examines four sets of data that speak to whether educational deterioration is taking place. First, data on educational attainment show a clear trend: more students are getting more education. Second, standardized test scores suggest that American students are performing somewhat better; certainly most test scores do not indicate that students are getting worse. Third, measures of popular knowledge also show evidence of improvement. Fourth, there is clear evidence that IQ scores have been rising. In other words, the best available evidence fails to support claims about a Stupidity Epidemic. The essay then turns to exploring several reasons why belief in educational decline is so common, and concludes by suggesting some more useful ways to think about educational problems. The goal of this new, unique Series is to offer readable, teachable "thinking frames" on today’s social problems and social issues by leading scholars, all in short 60 page or shorter formats, and available for view on http://routledge.customgateway.com/routledge-social-issues.html For instructors teaching a wide range of courses in the social sciences, the Routledge Social Issues Collection now offers the best of both worlds: originally written short texts that provide "overviews" to important social issues as well as teachable excerpts from larger works previously published by Routledge and other presses.
Category: Social Science

The Stupidity Paradox

Author : Mats Alvesson
ISBN : 9781782832027
Genre : Business & Economics
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Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations accepting the dubious, the absurd and the downright idiotic, from unsustainable management fads to the cult of leadership or an over-reliance on brand and image. And yet a dose of stupidity can be useful and produce good, short-term results: it can nurture harmony, encourage people to get on with the job and drive success. This is the stupidity paradox. The Stupidity Paradox tackles head-on the pros and cons of functional stupidity. You'll discover what makes a workplace mindless, why being stupid might be a good thing in the short term but a disaster in the longer term, and how to make your workplace a little less stupid by challenging thoughtless conformity. It shows how harmony and action in the workplace can be balanced with a culture of questioning and challenge. The book is a wake-up call for smart organisations and smarter people. It encourages us to use our intelligence fully for the sake of personal satisfaction, organisational success and the flourishing of society as a whole.
Category: Business & Economics

Strategic Organizational Communication

Author : Charles Conrad
ISBN : 9781118179697
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Surveying a wide variety of disciplines, this fully-revised 7th edition offers a sophisticated and engaging treatment of the rapidly expanding field of organizational communication Places organizations and organizational communication within a broader social, economic, and cultural context Applies a global perspective throughout, including thoughtful consideration of non-Western forms of leadership, as well as global economic contexts Offers a level of sophistication and integration of ideas from a variety of disciplines that makes this treatment definitive Updated in the seventh edition: Coverage of recent events and their ethical dimensions, including the bank crisis and bailouts in the US and UK Offers a nuanced, in-depth discussion of technology, and a new chapter on organizational change Includes new and revised case studies for a fresh view on perennial topics, incorporating a global focus throughout Online Instructors' Manual, including sample syllabi, tips for using the case studies, test questions, and supplemental case studies
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Stupidity From A To Z

Author : E. Reltso
ISBN : 9781310644610
Genre : Reference
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Camera: A handy device useful for blackmailing family members; Makeup: Goopy substances applied by women to their faces in order to hide their true appearance; Diet: A method of self-punishment; Insect: Any creeping life form that tends to freak-out humans on sight; National Debt: A sum so great it cannot be fathomed; Opinions: Those nasty notions of stupidity possessed by everyone else but us; Paper Cut: The most painful of all maladies; Politician: Someone skilled in pretending concern for his fellow beings while secretly wanting to gain power over them. These and other bizarre definitions are found in this quasi dictionary of nonsense.
Category: Reference

Joel On Software

Author : Joel Spolsky
ISBN : 9781590593899
Genre : Computers
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Joel Spolsky began his legendary web log, www.joelonsoftware.com, in March 2000, in order to offer insights for improving the world of programming. Spolsky based these observations on years of personal experience. The result just a handful of years later? Spolsky's technical knowledge, caustic wit, and extraordinary writing skills have earned him status as a programming guru! His blog has become renowned throughout the programming worldnow linked to more than 600 websites and translated into over 30 languages. Joel on Software covers every conceivable aspect of software programming—from the best way to write code, to the best way to design an office in which to write code! All programmers, all people who want to enhance their knowledge of programmers, and all who are trying to manage programmers will surely relate to Joel's musings. Table of Contents Choosing a Language Back to Basics The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) Painless Functional Specifications Part 1: Why Bother? Painless Functional Specifications Part 2: What’s a Spec? Painless Functional Specifications Part 3: But . . . How? Painless Functional Specifications Part 4: Tips Painless Software Schedules Daily Builds Are Your Friend Hard-Assed Bug Fixin’ Five Worlds Paper Prototyping Don’t Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You Fire and Motion Craftsmanship Three Wrong Ideas from Computer Science Biculturalism Get Crash Reports From Users—Automatically! The Guerilla Guide to Interviewing Incentive Pay Considered Harmful Top Five (Wrong) Reasons You Don’t Have Testers Human Task Switches Considered Harmful Things You Should Never Do, Part One The Iceberg Secret, Revealed The Law of Leaky Abstractions Lord Palmerston on Programming Measurement Rick Chapman Is In Search of Stupidity What Is the Work of Dogs in This Country? Getting Things Done When You’re Only a Grunt Two Stories Big Macs vs. The Naked Chef Nothing Is As Simple As It Seems In Defense of Not-Invented-Here Syndrome Strategy Letter I: Ben & Jerry’s vs. Amazon Strategy Letter II: Chicken-and-Egg Problems Strategy Letter III: Let Me Go Back! Strategy Letter IV: Bloatware and the 80/20 Myth Strategy Letter V: The Economics of Open Source A Week of Murphy’s Law Gone Wild How Microsoft Lost the API War Microsoft Goes Bonkers Our .NET Strategy Please Sir May I Have a Linker?
Category: Computers

Logical Stupidity Innovation By Navigating Through Nonsense

Author : Peter Greenwall
ISBN : 9781847991935
Genre : Self-Help
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Logical Stupidity deals with the psychology, theory and practice of innovation. The theory is based on a formula for showbiz and business innovation that converts stupidity, the world's most abundant resource, into creative energy. R&D creative therapy shows you how to Rehash & Disguise your dysfunctions into comedy sketches, stand-up shticks, movies, cartoons, legislations, disorders, songs, products and services. You're invited to make these projects happen by uploading your version at www.logicalstupidit where each clip you upload is your audition video for a clickumentary and musical about innovation. If you're not into that then use the formula to create your own projects. An in depth look at how the universal idea factory works, this is an instruction manual for using your internal dialogue as an inventing machine. So what's your dysfunction? Crank it up and capitalise on it! This book will open your mind to at least 3000 possibilities - or your money back!
Category: Self-Help

In Search Of Being

Author : G. I. Gurdjieff
ISBN : 9781611800371
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 90.92 MB
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Explores a provocative idea that life is most frequently governed by people who are the least conscious, building on the "Fourth Way" philosophies of the late radical spiritual teacher while drawing on passages from In Search of the Miraculous and Views from the Real World to outline practices for promoting peace and human advancement through consciousness.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

In Search Of Tranquility

Author : Kathleen Rigdon Highley
ISBN : 9781453523445
Genre : Fiction
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In Search of Tranquility is my favorite from author Kathleen Rigdon Highley so far. It is full of twists, turns and surprises. I was so swept away in the lives of the characters I could hardly put it down. Great read! Mindy Whittenburg IN SEARCH OF TRANQUILITY Dan and Veronica Jones had waded through peaks and valleys throughout their 25 years of marriage, and come out still holding hands on the other side. It was difficult to imagine anything coming between them that could not be faced and conquered with relative ease. But the game of life was about to throw them a curve. . . . What does one do when a promising future in the Major Leagues is snuffed out by a fast balla fast ball that costs our son, our only child, his eyesight?
Category: Fiction