all posts by Sam Carpenter

System Improvement

01 Jun 2009
What about the leader of a typical large, successful company? Most times, these people are not innately special. Beyond their willingness to work hard and an adequate degree of intelligence,...
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First You Must See. Then You Can Act

26 Mar 2009
The systems insight arrived because I was under enormous mental and physical pressure. Until that late-night revelation, my strategy was to approach life with a bulldog, damn-the-torpedoes, pound-the moles, I’m-so-damn-clever...
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Learning How to Sleep

16 Mar 2009
For any recurring problem, there is a path to sorting things out: Take the inefficient system apart and fix the pieces one by one. Sleep intertwines with numerous other biological,...
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Measuring the Body

24 Oct 2008
Here’s an excerpt from Sam Carpenter’s book Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less…        Eight years ago, in the depths of my workplace chaos, I...
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Gone Missing

22 Oct 2008
Several years ago we had our house remodeled. Immediately after, we “flipped” another house. In both cases, numerous subcontractors, both experienced and inexperienced, did the work.  Linda was the interior...
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The Tip System

20 Oct 2008
Here is an evaluation system, albeit waggish. It’s about tipping in restaurants, and I’ll preface things by saying I don’t believe a tip is a diner’s obligation. It’s a tip—something...
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