I might owe Tom Peters an apology. Last week I mentioned a Fast Company article in which Peters said he’d faked his data. According to a follow-up in Business Week shared by reader Ed Kimball, it appears Peters (and invisible co-author Robert Waterman) did nothing of the kind. Peters reviewed and approved the Fast Company… (1 comment)

Speaking of metrics, and their limitations, here’s a biggie: You can’t measure the results of any path you didn’t take. The ramifications are enormous whether it’s public policy, business strategy, or your own day-to-day management decisions. While we don’t know, will never know, and in fact can’t know the outcome of the alternatives we didn’t… (9 comments)

This year’s must-read business book … and by must-read I mean you must read it because every other manager is reading it … is Steven Spear’s Chasing the Rabbit (2008). Fortunately, it would be worth your time to read, even if it wasn’t a must-read book. Like Jim Collins’s Good to Great (2001) and Joyce,… (7 comments)

Fast Company interviewed Tom Peters on the twentieth anniversary of In Search of Excellence. In the interview, Peters casually mentioned that he’d faked his data. And neither he nor anyone else thought anything of it! Smart managers rely on evidence to evaluate the validity of their ideas but as Peters’ remark illustrates, they face a…

Think of this as KJR’s pledge week. No, I’m not asking for donations. I’m asking for your time and attention before you let yourself read this week’s missive. Specifically, when I decide what to write about each week I’m doing too much guessing based on too little information. I’m asking you to let me know… (15 comments)