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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

February 13, 2019

As you might expect from a retired Four-Star General, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a former Secretary of State, Colin Powell has packed this book with insight and almost indispensable wisdom regarding leadership and effective public service.  I have always admired the man base...

June 26, 2018

A great, if not slightly romanticized, account of the Battle of Gettysburg. It's a historical novel that takes liberties filling in the gaps between troop movement and battles with conversations between those present in July 1863. As I understand it, the book is required reading for those about to e...

June 26, 2017

It’s no surprise Jim Collins has taken the success and accuracy of Good to Great, and raised the bar in Great By Choice. In this very applicable and challenging book, Collins and Morten Hansen lay out basic principles for achieving greatness in organizations. No surprise, greatness happens because o...

March 30, 2017

The Starfish and the Spider is a great – and quick – read for anyone interested in introducing flexibility and adaptability in to centralized teams and working environments, and in making decentralized organizations more structured.

More and more in project management I see this tug of war between...

June 14, 2014

I first came across Martha Johnson’s story in the Washington Post. I was incredibly intrigued, though not surprised, at the inner workings of the head of a large government organization, particularly how being its leader at the wrong time – even though she had nothing to do with why it was in journa...

July 25, 2013

Admittedly, I’m a little late to this book, which has been out for three years now. It has been very impactful to those of us working in the energy sector and is a great resource for those who no little about it and want to know more. The book is accessible, easy to follow, and goes to great lengths...

August 17, 2012

Given the tumult of the current economic landscape in the United States (and the world for that matter), I highly recommend reading That Used To Be Us. Friedman and Mandelbaum explain, very cleanly and in no uncertain terms, some of the most foundational aspects of American economic dominance, how t...

June 2, 2012

I recently unearthed a book related to a team-building initiative from my days as a network administrator.

January 3, 2012

Over the holidays I was introduced to a new project management tool: the One Page Project Manager. It is a very innovative use of spreadsheets to communicate the status of a project in one dashboard. I am really quite blown away by it.

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