Nail Holes

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Been way too long since I’ve made the time to publish to the blog. The sad sack part of it is that I actually have drafts that basically just need the button pushed! Sheez…! So as a birthday present along with the excitement of releasing Enchiridion Texanæ for free! in celebration of the Year of ...

Soft Launch of the 19 Ways™ of Personal Productivity Series

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A new book, 19 Days: A Fortnight Plus Five, should soft-launch by Thursday, to co-incide with the US Bishops “Fortnight for Freedom,” see fortnight4freedom.org. Soft-launch means that we’re going to follow a lean startup process for the book, to invite comments from interested readers, prior to final release in hardcopy. While I don’t promise to ...

Keeping work playful – updated! 1

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Einstein is quoted as saying “Love is a better teacher than duty.” John Anderson extended that to “Memorization is a function of duty; knowledge comes only from love.” We are hard-wired to be people of community, it’s in our DNA. No amount of new-agey nonsense can change that. We also know that trust is most ...

A New View of Wayfinding

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We will advance our cause more when we help others figure out where they want to go—and help them get there. In building out the vital intersections between the way we construct our physical world and how those buildings, those structures influence the way we treat each other, books can serve a vital bridge. Even ...

The Risks of Not Learning, Part I 2

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Penny wise, pound foolish has rarely had so direct a demonstration. Let’s say that you’re a director at a large food products company. Imagine the chaos that ensues when deep within the bowels of the organization, an HR troll FIRED your right arm, your executive secretary, your “Man Friday” while you were on Christmas holiday, ...

An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

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2012 is just starting and I’m snorting like a bull in a rodeo. MBA, Schmembeeaye. One of my twitter friends highlighted a position recently posted at Stanford: The SEED Case Writer is responsible for researching and writing new case studies and teaching notes related to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing economy countries. Respectfully, ...

Cultural Prejudice: When even the real doesn’t seem real

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Had a very close call yesterday: I almost ignored a Wall Street Journal request for interview! Like most everyone you know, I get spammed daily. One of the tradecraft hazards of being in the risk mitigation field is the dichotomy of second guessing. I will not claim to solve the issue in this post, merely ...

Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part II 1

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The Cascades aren’t just in Washington State these days This week we’ll switch from search strategies in off-line documents to a couple of web nuances that you can actually see in last week’s post. In the aftermath of the Turkey Feast we in the US call Thanksgiving, a tweet sent me to the light-hearted GEICO ...

O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds 3

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IMAGINE if the One World Scheme anarchists (which some call Occupy Wall Street, OWS) had developed a coherent set of beliefs and a community-oriented strategy. IMAGINE if they had respectfully approached neighboring homeowners and businesses with a well-though-out and well-articulated proposition (run with me here): We would like to peacefully protest what we see as ...

In-difference II: Organically Deriving y.o.u.r. Path to Profit 1

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In last week’s post, I opened with the idea that those stuck as permanent teenagers have trouble distinguishing such basic concepts as right and wrong. Moreover, they reject the concept of objective truth, because they realize that any objective truth binds them to the discipline of growing, however slowly, even imperceptibly, toward that apex of ...