Why an Engineer should run your HR: Risks of Not Learning, Part II

This is the long-awaited sequel to “The Risks of Not Learning” part I, which was all the way back in Jan 2012. Simply put: engineers, like farmers, are deeply wedded to objective truth because their work is embedded in the physical world.

As often commented in this blog, “when culture encounters . . . → Read More: Why an Engineer should run your HR: Risks of Not Learning, Part II

Ideas Have Consequences

[this post continues the message started in With all thy getting, get understanding…]

Image: hackformers.org

The IT Security Group Hackformers inspired me to revisit my notes from their outstanding event of 15 March 2013, as we open this new year of 2014.

The Spanish writer Ortega y Gasset made quite a stir . . . → Read More: Ideas Have Consequences

With all thy getting, get understanding…

Image: Rock Eel Digital

A series of interactions yesterday clarified why I’ve always chaffed at the “membership” programs so prevalent on the web. They are unmistakeably profitable and perhaps it’s not to much of a stretch to remark that they are the dominant form of web-based residual income. For this particular self-styled business expert, their walk didn’t match their talk. That’s the take-away message: I’m for residual income and I’m for membership programs, yet I’d sooner give up chocolate, than own, lead or be a part of, programs that fail to deliver value arising out of the character witness of those involved. . . . → Read More: With all thy getting, get understanding…

Beware the Experience Trope

Poster from movie Shooter

Building resilient organizations with exponential improvements in risk discovery requires the optimum blend of high tech and high touch. . . . → Read More: Beware the Experience Trope

Does Y.o.u.r. Brand Tell a Story?: developing brand richness

Staircase icon logo by Rock Eel Digital Design

The Holy Grail of many businesses is to have a legacy brand, a brand that is iconic beyond their industry. McDonald’s golden arches, Coke’s bottle design, the facebook lowercase f in a bluebox, and others you can surely name meet this test. While [1]DeutscheBank and [2]Crédit suisse are large organizations with cool . . . → Read More: Does Y.o.u.r. Brand Tell a Story?: developing brand richness

Why we require people to qualify

We prefer to say yes, we really do. So why do we do distinctively different things that specifically increase purchase friction, (like pay BEFORE register), or things that challenge the whims of so-called elites, by requiring people to qualify for our workshops, seminars and retreats?

It’s really simple: Tough Love. Our transformative . . . → Read More: Why we require people to qualify

Popular Science, R.I.P. (updated!)

Image: Vanguard Bears

A shout out to @Stuperb for inspiring this post from an email.

Popular Science magazine has shut off comments on their website. At issue is not the what but the why. The comment has been made repeatedly by others, most recently by Thomas Sowell, that a class of people . . . → Read More: Popular Science, R.I.P. (updated!)

Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

Image: Wikipedia

Image: Wikipedia

Investors are on the hunt. Be veeewy, veewy quiet they’re hunting the latest investor passion: fractional armadillo shares. You read that right. For non-Texans reading this post, we’re not talking about the animal most commonly seen dead by the side of the road.

An investment vehicle called an armadillo is . . . → Read More: Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

Practical fashion magic: intern mentoring in the field (updated!)

Attractive young lady comes into a coffee shop in a short black cocktail gown and bright red heels at 8:30 am on a Friday morning. Shortly after she’s joined by a gent. What cross-disciplinary insights can we glean from this picture? As we mentor and coach our cadre of interns this summer, . . . → Read More: Practical fashion magic: intern mentoring in the field (updated!)

How to reach out to peeps & not be Spammy Sammy

Before I even get into the content of this post I want to give homage to the Zurb Soapbox which featured Joe Gebbia, co-founder of AirBNB, with his vital, timely and relevant message to all techies: Do Things That Don’t Scale.

Now on to our show. One of my peeps has armadillo . . . → Read More: How to reach out to peeps & not be Spammy Sammy

A walk in the forest…

Systems Thinking teaches us how to scale our perspective to study the forest or the trees, while Systems Engineering tells us what to do with the data we find.

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