Literal Thinking

Real stories of workplace follies

Sample Us

Samples If you are new to our blog, provided below are seven sample posts that you might want to look at. The idea is to give you a feel of what this blog is about and see whether the blog is worth following or not. Of course we hope that you find it worth your while, and if so, you can subscribe to our RSS feed.

The samples are a mix of some of our most popular posts and some that may not have been as popular but we think are worth reading. There are a lot of free content on the web, but a lot of these are nothing but noise. We think some of our good posts may have been lost in the information clutter that is the internet (please excuse our bias), so we thought we’d once more bring some of these to your attention.

Personal responsibility

This post is a case study on personal accountability and responsibility. It is also the first post that had driven some fairly significant (by our paltry standards) search engine traffic into the blog. Not coincidentally, it was our first ever submission to a blog carnival, in this case, the leadership development carnival.

Of project signoff points

This post is a conceptual discussion of the dilemmas project managers face during project signoff points. This is one of our favorite posts, not the least because PM Hut found it good enough for republication. This post was also our first submission to the carnival of project management.

The perennial time and scope dilemma: Part 1 & Part 2

Our post on project signoff points above was in fact only intended as an introduction to this two part case study about a real project that struggled with meeting its signoff requirements. We found it quite ironic that the introduction received significantly more traffic than the actual case, but maybe it’s because the case, despite our attempt to split it into two, was a tad too long-winded.

Misuse of social media

This post provides two mini case studies of how social media, specifically LinkedIn, can be misused. This was one of our earlier posts, and while the cases were true, we were partially driven to write the post with hopes of getting some early traffic to our blog, considering how topical social media is these days. True enough, the blog got some search engine juice because of it.

When good performers fail as leaders

This is a case study about a leadership and management concept that we feel quite strongly about: not all good performers in organizations can become good leaders; good performance in a current role should not mean an automatic promotion into a leadership position. It also highlights how organizations can sometimes take leadership training for granted.

Stymied by the sacred cow

This post presents a case study of a company that slowly declined because of its inability to adapt to market conditions and illustrates the potential use of the BCG Growth-Share matrix. The title of the post is a play with words, and it amuses us that the post occasional gets hits for searches relating to various religious rituals.

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