I’ve been going through my 2007 posts to select the best ones for a year-end summary. Here’s the first batch, encompassing the categories Education, Management/Leadership/Business, and Markets/International Trade.
Readin’, Writin’, and the Business Shtick. Recruiters see some serious gaps in the education of many recent MBAs.
New Frontiers in Helicopter Parenting. Some parents are getting over-involved with their children’s careers.
Just Unbelievable. Some examples of mindlessness and hysteria in universities and K-12 schools.
Free-Range Kids: A Vanishing breed? Many children are so cocooned by their parents that they may be losing the ability to understand how the world actually works.
Just Unbelievable. More bizarre school policies–so crazy that it seems like they must be part of a South Park episode, rather than real life.
Wilful Ignorance. Does education sometimes destroy the ability to see reality? (This post is based on a personal experience related by Chicago Boy James Rummel.)
Interesting Data. Which is going up faster: the cost of a student-year of public education, or the price of a barrel of oil?
The Trivialization of Science Teaching. Some dismal news from the UK.
“Smart” vs “Hard-Working.” It makes a difference whether you praise students for their smarts or for their work ethic.
Management, Leadership, and Business
Two Schools Systems–and Two Foundries. Schools and foundries are very different sorts of places, but there are some common threads in the factors leading to excellence or mediocrity.
Leadership Vignette. You don’t necessarily have to be a manager in order to act like a leader.
An Interesting Test. A rather simplistic test suggests some interesting points about human nature and motivation.
Interesting Data. A study of the relationship between customer satisfaction and stock prices.
Cause & Effect. A cautionary tale about applying the mantra “ask why five times.”
Management Advice from 1797. Some acute thinking from a Spanish naval administrator.
Markets and International Trade
Credit Warning. A Financial Times writer warned of risks in the credit markets, as indicated by the low spread between Treasury rates and corporate bond rates.
Interesting Data. The S&P 500 since 1999, denominated in various commodities.
Trends in Global Manufacturing. A study shows that the US may lose its role as the world’s top manufacturer by 2020. Which will be a surprise to those who believe we have already lost it.
One per Second. A look at Chinese manufacturing and exports; see also these thoughts on international trade and the decline of world poverty.
Interest Rates and Equity Returns. Fund manager John Hussman doesn’t think much of the so-called “Fed model” for stock-market valuation: Wall Street is presently managing trillions of dollars of other people’s money on the basis of a single toy model, originally discovered in a packet at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.
Sovereign Wealth. Foreign governments are starting to invest considerable sums of money in corporate securities in other countries.
I’ll post the other categories sometime in the next few days.