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Following is an excerpt from the upcoming 4th printing of the Third Edition of Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less. It has to do with the systems mindset and the miracle of the world’s workings.-sc

The Third Edition of Work the System will be released in June. I’m making literally thousands of small improvements throughout, mostly grammatical corrections/improvements, sentence structure tweaks and clarifications. The book has 21 chapters and I’m only up to Chapter 6, with nearly 600 revisions so far. I’ll be done with the major-face-lift in another couple of weeks and then it will go to the […]

2/25/2011 Dear Sam: I have been busy in Vietnam.  I just re-read “Work the System” and I took a few notes along the way. When reading the book I immediately noticed the platform you built your strategies upon.  That is unlike a book the City of Portland gave to managers called: “Reinventing Government.”  That book took […]

Linda and I are in a London hotel as I write this. It’s 1:00am Wednesday morning. We arrived here early this afternoon. It was a twelve hour flight over nine time zones from Seattle to Paris, and then one hour and one zone back to London.

Gnaw at It

January 6, 2011

I’m reading A Journey, Tony Blair’s autobiography. It’s been fascinating, delving into UK politics  (and an extra burst of enthusiasm is due to our upcoming week in London for business). Much of the first part of the book is about tedious local politics but within the narration lie gems. Here’s Blair talking about Derry Irvine, his Barrister-mentor in the early […]

_____________________________________ (Photo courtesy www.zazzle.com) Here it is, from the 1949 movie The Fountainhead, based on the book by Ayn Rand. Gary Cooper is Howard Roark. A masterpiece! Roark talks about the single individual’s passionate urge to invent and create, the urge that relentlessly drives humankind forward. He contrasts this almost ardent desire with an embedded human trait that just as ferventy strives to kill innovation and individual glory. Relevant […]

“It would be a good thing if you would stand naked in front of my people.” – John Pistole, TSA Administrator, paraphrased, on last Friday’s nightly news. ______________________________ An individual’s tolerance level can be shifted quickly and dramatically if a compelling enough stimulus is provided. The same holds for huge swaths of a culture’s population.

I’m writing this in a farmhouse B&B near the tiny town of Port Leyden, NY, the place of my birth, childhood and youth. Five hours by car north of New York City, in the Adirondack Mountain foothills, I’ve come back to escort my 93 year old mother to an assisted living facility in my hometown of […]

On the front porch on a balmy Fall afternoon: Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Bend, Oregon. We’re back in Bend now, relieved to be home after three weeks on the east coast. It was a perfect vacation, to recharge and regain perspective. Without routine breaks the mind crawls inward and that’s not healthy. (Yes, I wrote […]