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What Happened to Motorola | Chicago magazine | September 2014
When healthy internal competition degenerated into damaging infighting. [...] 1984, the cellular business “exploded," “It was the glamour sector of the company, the industry, and the country.” But it also introduced a toxic element into Motorola’s corporate culture. Employees in the public safety division, who were chugging along selling to cops & firefighters, watched & seethed as the handset division lavished riches on its own. Handset people bought luxury cars the day they got their bonuses. [...] The era of “warring tribes,” as Motorolans refer to it, had begun. Screaming fights between sector heads rattled the corporate halls. CEOs William Weisz (1986–88) and then George Fisher (1988–93), committed to the strategy of stirring up internal competition, did little to stop them. [...] Motorola had so mightily struggled: Software.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Bill and Melinda Gates' 2014 Stanford Commencement Address - YouTube
min 17 in - about not having a better future for our kids. the thing is, the lowest hanging fruits have been eaten. now there only the hard things left to to, hard because they seem so remote from here, hard because they are worthwhile pursuing despite setbacks. renewable energy, curing diseases, sustainability in lots of quadrants - energy, food & water, environment, democracy & more or less striving for equality - social and income mobility. End: >> Luck, that could be me, empathy, leadership, ...
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Peter Dinklage Was Smart to Say No - NYTimes.com
Peter Dinklage who shot to fame with his role in Game of Thrones about ... LUCK / HARD WORK / PERSISTENCE / patience / deferred gratification ...

“I feel really lucky,” he said, then added, “although I hate that word — ‘lucky.’ ” When I asked him why, he mulled it over for a moment, looking away. Then he focused back on me. “It cheapens a lot of hard work,” he said. “Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes — I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an” — here he put on a faux snooty voice — “artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.”
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march 2012 by asterisk2a

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