Two pillars in the doorway

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1) We build our culture on virtue not vice. 2) People are not their behaviors. As for the first, we build our culture on virtue not vice, just like the sun rises in the east not the west. The idea that we can legislatively replace virtue with vice without catastrophic consequences to the family of ...

Just another cracked lens?…a fresh perspective on Indiana

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The answer is so simple I’m not sure why it hasn’t been rolled out already. The answer to what? If, dear reader, you have been blissfully meditating in a cave, far from the madding crowd, Indiana recently enacted their own version of the federal Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. When someone asks if we support ...

Gender equality follows the equality of personhood

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RE: Emma Watson’s UN speech launching the HeForShe project. Greg Portell makes several good points for why & how she has demonstrated qualities of an effective spokeswoman. (UN speech link for convenience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE) The “residual risk” in the HeForShe message, is that without careful pruning of some key codewords, Emma’s speech launching HeForShe is just ...

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

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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 physics, physics wins.” Toyota ...

Ideas Have Consequences

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[this post continues the message started in With all thy getting, get understanding…] 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 with his assertion: “Yo soy ...

With all thy getting, get understanding… 1

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From second to segue From magic moment to meaningful movement From poignant pause to powerful proposal for progress We change our level of awareness all the time. How much would we gain if we chose to be more clear to ourselves and to others, about who we are, what we believe and how those beliefs ...

Beware the Experience Trope

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As a globally-experienced safety & risk innovator, let me share some tough love. If you are either in the job market hearing the line or you are a recruiter whose boss is telling you the line “only experienced candidates who can hit the ground running,” be very afraid. The “needs experience” trope is a smokescreen ...

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

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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 logos [1],[2], their ...

Why we require people to qualify 1

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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 two-way mentoring (some ...

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

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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 who cannot fathom they could be ...