Celebrating a New Vision, part 2 2

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Whoa there! Yeah, you with the Elvis hairdo. Put down the muffin. Seems like you’ve had a few too many wassails of good cheer. Back away from the dessert tray. Keep your hands where I can see them […tense pause with heightened background music] Ok, that’s better. Now go sit in the aisle marked “No ...

Celebrating a New Vision with a New Lens: transcending differences to see farther and achieve more 1

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Merry Christmas! Ideas had been piling up for this post for some time and they came pouring out after Midnight Mass (who can go to sleep after that!) so I’m putting them together this morning before we head over to relatives this afternoon for the big family Christmas dinner. Our next door neighbor for many ...

…And Nothing Was Ever the Same Again

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It’s been a month of Sundays since I’ve posted. What’s even more embarrassing is that they’re sitting on the drive waiting to get uploaded! Geez. Well, turning over a new leaf for this last week before Christmas. I’ll upload them and date them with the actual dates to make an effort to preserve the timeline. ...

Systemkey Success story: Motor Vehicle Training

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Abstract: Battelle Pacific Northwest  experienced a ZERO accident year in motor vehicle accidents between 1991-1992. This large scale intervention, increasing driver attention and motivating safe driving behavior, was conducted with a staff population of ~3300 drivers across 38 states using the Systemkey™ business process framework developed by Matthew Weilert, founder of Systems Thinking Institute LLC ...

STETA: Systems Thinking and Engineering Technical Alliance

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STETA is a brand new 501(c)6 business league integrating head and heart to drive industrial innovation forward. As a B2B member-driven forum for best practices, STETA reflects, focuses and thereby magnifies the buzz around social media and the power of storytelling to show yet once again that technology alone will never produce breakthroughs that transform ...

It’s a new day in the neighborhood

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Well, I’ve finally gotten around to activating the WP site that I’d installed a week before Stephen was born. I’ll be migrating posts over here and posting much more frequently than at the systhink.mp site (which will still be up, btw.)

Back to the future: Iceland’s 300 years-young innovation

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[This travelogue/tax commentary was written in May 2008, just getting around to spiffing it up now.] The spectacular scenery here at Natural Bridge plus the broadband access has given me the chance to jot down some thoughts which you may feel free to share. http://www.naturalbridgeva.com/bridge.html Reflecting on God’s seemingly limitless generosity, as well as on ...

Snacking on Sunshine

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In one of the most layered and engaging comics I’ve enjoyed in some time, this past Sunday’s “Over the Hedge” features Hammy taking a bite of sunshine. While that itself is delightful, today’s riff is on the side comments. “We’re going to pretend that never happened, right?” To anyone charged with product leadership and innovation, ...

First Out, Then Back as a novel throughput model

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This morning Ari Meisel and I traded emails on a design topic from an uncommon point-of-origin. We’d originally connected through his post on Entrepreneur’s week. In process flow, there are two main divisions: FIFO, or first-in, first-out and LIFO, last-in, first-out. FIFO applies when a pipe is open on both ends, while LIFO applies when ...

Systems Thinking & Sashimi 3

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Just recently I had the occasion to speak about our company’s flagship product (big surprise there, eh?). After several examples didn’t bring the lightbulb of recognition to my listener’s eyes, what did work was explaining that sashimi tastes better because it’s in such thin slices that there is more surface area, in other words, you ...