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 ...

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 ...

Solving Hard Problems:
Software, Part III

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More advanced search and replace techniques for MS-Word After a couple of weeks off for seasonal holiday, let’s round out the year with another example of advanced formatting searches. What would you do if you needed to change every occurrence of movement or direction (separate from content or dialog) in a 300 page manual, stageplay, ...

Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part I 1

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Advanced search and replace techniques for MS-Word If you needed to to reformat your text to find every title that was in all caps, longer than three characters and add an additional line (carriage return), how would you do it? Having spent the better part of the year on technology and cultural commentary, we’re going ...

Reverse Luddites 1

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One of my most memorable professors, Charlie Gilmore, had a saying: figures don’t lie, but liars do figure and statisticians are great liars! Here the US Census bureau gives us some whoppers to digest. Heartburn is more like it: even today, there are those benighted folks committed to illusions of the past when today’s painfully ...

The Risk is in the Mirror (updated!)

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At the risk (pun intended) of being pilloried as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I’ve been brimming over with comments about some of the articles on business risk that I’ve been reading. Not sure which is a greater hazard, the one writing or those of us reading. Let’s take this topper from “Mike” at big-accounting-firm-with-two-letters-separated-by-an-ampersand: ...

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 ...

…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. ...

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 ...