Made It

Last modified on October 10th, 2008

Well, I made it. The flight was, for the most part, uneventful. I actually had to stop in Edmonton briefly which was unexpected. That being said, it got me off the plane for 20 minutes to stretch and get a bit of sunshine, which was nice.

In fact, it was one of the most enjoyable flights in a while. I spent most of it reading a book I picked up in the Vancouver airport called “From Good To Great” which methodically investigated the top 11 companies in the last 30 years to see what they did differently than the rest. I usually don’t like business books as most of the authors seem to be full of hot air, however I enjoyed this one, primarily because the author approached it as a research project instead of a “hey I did it, so you can too” type of book.

I’m in a coffee shop right now doing a bit of work on my laptop. Tonight or tomorrow we’ll probably be hooking up with Patrick for a few beers. I’ll post a few photos when I have a minute or two.

6 responses to “Made It”

  1. Tracy says:

    I hope you have a great trip =)

  2. Tara says:

    Have a great trip!
    I had to read that book in college for one of my business classes. It was a good book.

  3. S says:

    Yeah I read that book too (took me longer than just a flight though, man you read fast!) and I quite enjoyed it.

  4. Duane Storey says:

    If it’s not mathematical or in-depth, I can generally read at about 100 pages per hour. I can easily finish a standard paperback on a four hour flight.

  5. Beth says:

    So, what did these companies do differently than the rest? Now I’m dying to know!

  6. Duane Storey says:

    The main thing is that they were run by individuals without a lot of ego. Most of them were rather humble people who wanted their companies to be great, not just themselves. Contrast that with most of the companies that failed — where an egotistical, rockstar-like CEO was at the helm.

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