Author Archives: Harry Katz

A Safe and Just Doughnut

Today’s post is about the doughnut.  I’m not talking about an ordinary sugar-glazed, jam-filled, deep-fried doughnut.  No, this is a safe and just doughnut we can all live in together. If safe and just aren’t the flavors you normally look … Continue reading

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Is Decoupling GDP Growth from Environmental Impact Possible?

Can we have economic growth while reducing our impact on the environment? Some people believe growth is incompatible with sustainability and that we need to move to a “no growth” or even a “de-growth” economy. Others think we can still … Continue reading

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20/20 Foresight

20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in An Uncertain World By Hugh Courtney Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, 2001 What better way to start 2020 than a book called 20/20 Foresight? There’s an old Danish proverb that says, “It is difficult to … Continue reading

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2019 Recap: A Meta-Post

New Year’s Eve seems like a fitting occasion for a meta-post; a post about posts. Looking back over 2019, I wrote 19 posts.  Coincidence?  They break down into these categories: Management & personal development: 4 Environment & energy: 4 Personal … Continue reading

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Range

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World By David Epstein Riverhead Books, New York, 2019 I didn’t finish Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World for the same reason I don’t eat chicken wings: too much effort for … Continue reading

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Peak Stuff

I’m going to try something different in this post.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to look at a research paper called “Peak Stuff — did the UK reach a peak in material consumption in about 2001-3?” Sounds pretty … Continue reading

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High Output Management

High Output Management is one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read, and in some places it flat out pissed me off.   The focus is always on output. Everyone and every team produces output. A manager’s job is … Continue reading

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