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Frank Blake

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Francis Stanton Blake is an American businessman and lawyer, who was the chairman and CEO of The Home Depot from January 2007 to May 2014. Prior to this he worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and General Electric. He was a longtime protégé of Robert Nardelli.
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300 Arguments
Essays
Sarah Manguso - Feb 07, 2017
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A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayistsThere will come a time when people decide youve had enough of your grief, and theyll try to take it away from you. Bad art is from no one to no one. Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and Ill tell you whether you are. Thank heaven I dont have m...
Frank Blake
Bounces around with different observations, some of which you go, god, that’s brilliant and some of it, eh.     source
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Cultural Amnesia
Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
Clive James - Sep 17, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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"I can't remember when I've learned as much from something I've read―or laughed as much while doing it." ―Jacob Weisberg, Slate This international bestseller is an encyclopedic A-Z masterpiece―the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism. Clive James rescues, or occasionally destroys, the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, h...
Frank Blake
Such a great observer of different writers, and it makes you want to read all of the source material that he’s writing about.     source
Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't
Jim Collins - Oct 16, 2001
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To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.The ChallengeBuilt to Last, the defining management study...
Frank Blake
As a business person, I love Good to Great.     source
Built from Scratch
How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion
Bernie Marcus - Jul 03, 2001 (first published in 1999)
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One of the greatest entrepreneurial success stories of the past twenty yearsWhen a friend told Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank that "you've just been hit in the ass by a golden horseshoe," they thought he was crazy. After all, both had just been fired. What the friend, Ken Langone, meant was that they now had the opportunity to create the kind of wi...
Frank Blake
Very meaningful to me, not only because it’s the story of the founding of the Home Depot, but also because of my start as the CEO of Home Depot.     source