I recommend Croatan Bookery, the used bookstore attached to Roanoke Press in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, to anyone who feels like driving all the way up to the northeast tip of North Carolina. I didn’t expect such a large and impressive selection in such a small town.
I bought three books. The first is a novel that I’ll review on Goodreads as always.
The second is a first edition from 1917 called The Knack of Managing. It cites the example of a 60-page report from a consulting firm that’s totally accurate but fails to contain a single fact the hiring company didn’t already know. Not only is this a real-world story we can all relate to, but it describes the book. 100% accurate, and filled with facts I already knew.
My third book is Sayings a la carte about Business and Life by Norman H. Hinton. It was published in 1989 by Vantage Press, so you know what that means. You’ve never seen it in a library or bookstore and you never will. I could lie about it. I could steal from it. I could just make stuff up. But instead, I’d rather share a few favorites. Here we go…
A great manager is full of vinegar and vision – as distinguished from acid and gas.
The great manager has a rare breadth of vision – he can lift high his eyes without losing sight of the bottom line.
A great manager doesn’t call his mistakes “learning experiences” – he calls them “mistakes” no matter how much he learns from them.
A great manager overcomes the temptation to shroud his failures in silence and bury them in nameless graves.
A long memory for how it was to be an individual employee, makes the great manager a great listener.
It pays to have a larger purpose in doing business than just having it pay.
A failure unexamined is a total failure.
That some executive offices resemble throne rooms is not always coincidental.
The operative purpose of many meetings is simply to be held.
When the team reaches a new consensus, a yesman suddenly realizes that’s what he believes all along.
When a manager tells his people he doesn’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of yesmen, he expects them to say “yes” to that, too.
Charisma is the spice of leadership, not its substance.
Among planners, there are those who sternly navigate by the ship’s wake instead of the stars.
When a business succeeds for unanticipated reasons, these may be quietly added to the original plan.
Schooling is only a step toward an education.
The student who starts thinking for himself has already outgrown most colleges.
To thine own self be true – if you know who that is.
A wealth of data is no cure for poverty of thought.
A belief unexamined and unfelt is not really held – only professed.
Ignorance is no excuse for stupidity.
When logic tries to do battle with prejudice, it’s no contest.
Choose your mental ruts carefully – you may be spinning your wheels in them for a lifetime.
The person who appears to be listening with rapt attention may just be waiting for a cue to his own lines – and hears only the cue.
What is billed as a dialogue may turn out to be a couple of face-to-face monologues.
Money is wonderful: if you can’t find happiness where you are, you can go any place you wish – and continue the fruitless search there.
Money is the root of evil to about the same extent that soap is the cause of compulsive handwashing.
Human nature is so versatile, it can confirm almost any theory of human behavior.
Most stubborn of all is the person who has to seem certain because he isn’t.
Candor is a virtue more admired than practiced.
“I don’t know” is sometimes an understatement.
Everyone wants to be discovered, but no one wants to be found out.