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Every Day I Write the Book

January 12, 2012

Mostly it’s in my head, but there’s also 899 (counting this one) blog posts between my work blog and play blog. Yeah, there’s a book between those 899 posts, one head and one heart, but I haven’t had the courage to write it…

In a 1998 interview, Elvis Costello said “Everyday I Write the Book was a song I wrote in ten minutes almost as a challenge to myself. I thought, maybe I could write just a simple, almost formula song and make it mean something.” At Kronos, our thing is workforce management and we have people who have the courage to write books that mean something to others passionate about it.

Greg Gordon is our Manufacturing Practice Leader, and the author of Lean Labor, “a guidebook that provides a step-by-step process of cultivating a highly effective workforce adopting lean methodologies.” Check out this interview with Greg and check out his book. It’s getting some great reviews…


“From production supervisors to senior executives at the world’s largest manufacturing companies, Lean Labor is a worthwhile read if you are interested in increasing the engagement, productivity, and ultimate success of your workforce.”

– Matthew Littlefield, Senior Research Analyst, Manufacturing, Aberdeen Group

Joyce O’Donnell Maroney leads our Services Marketing & Customer Experience team at Kronos. Her most recent book, Elements of Successful Organizations, “looks at the similarities that successful organizations share and provides actionable advice on how to replicate this success in one’s own organization.” Recently Joyce sat down for a podcast with Bryan Wempen and William Tincup of DriveThruHR to chat about “HR and whatever else keeps her up at night.” I actually know what keeps her up at night, because I’m lucky enough to work for her. It’s the “steroid-like super energy” produced by “eating lots of dark leafy greens and brown rice,” but I digress. People are loving “Elements of Successful Organizations.”

“Not only a superb book, but an essential one for anyone who wants to understand the critical components of organization success. I recommend this book to business leaders at all levels.”
– Karen Beaman, Chief Executive Officer and Global Strategic Advisor, Jeitosa Group International; former HCM Product Strategist PeopleSoft

As for me, the personal challenge is there. I want to write a book that means something. Given my progress so far, it’s going to take more than ten minutes.

“Even in a perfect world where everyone was equal
I’d still own the film rights and be working on the sequel”
– Elvis Costello

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