Bad Plan, Bad Solution

Strategic Planning Gone Bad Awful


If you are on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization, or are in management of a company, or even management of a government entity, you have suffered through a bout or two of strategic planning. The idea is that an organization can identify its mission and then adapt itself and map out the…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

A Troll by Any Other Name Would Smell As Bad


WC, from time to time, tilts at the digital age’s bottom feeders, the patent trolls. It is WC’s thesis that patent trolls are hurting the United States, and U.S. innovation in particular. Patent Troll (Not to Scale) WC has tried mockery, posting a faux-bestiary of trolls. WC has attempted an economic analysis. WC has pointed out the incredible burden imposed…

An example of maladaptive solutions

Getting Wonky; Getting It Wrong


This past Friday was the third anniversary of the infamous E21 letter. We can’t let an important anniversary slide by without comment, can we? “Wait,” you say, “What was the E21 letter?” WC is glad you asked. That was the letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, signed by 23 would-be economic prophets and soothsayers, all…

President Obama Awards Ernie Banks the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Hey, Hey! Mr. Cub Gets Medal of Freedom


Can we wash the bad taste of Alex Rodriguez out of our mouths with some positive news about a baseball player? Ernie Banks is one of the greatest baseball players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. A Baseball Hall of Fame member, a wonderful spokesperson for the Cubs organization, a genuinely great human being, he…