Archive for the ‘life’ Category

Creativity Under Pressure

[In the fall of 2013, I completed a course on Coursera titled “Creativity, Innovation, and Change” presented by Drs. Jack V. Matson, Kathryn W. Jablokow, and Darrell Velegol at Pennsylvania State University. It was an excellent class. At the end, they invited the class (How many tens of thousands of us?) to submit short essays […]

Why We Do What We Do

A colleague of mine is of the opinion that “we won’t have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things simply because we can. Perhaps it is more like we won’t know we have truly evolved as a species until we stop doing things because we can.” I counter with the opinion that […]

The World Needs More Booths

Amen, brother. Remember face-to-face conversation? You know, sharing thoughts, talking through concerns, sketching out ideas, and having intelligent discussions without the overblown internet persona outrage? You have instant feedback through facial expressions, tone of voice, and spoken word. You have instant ability to clarify a particular point, on the spot. You get a better “read” […]

Colorado Burning

I just finished the introduction to dynamic modeling workshop sponsored by iSee Systems in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was excellent. The presentations by Steve Peterson and Corey Peck were also excellent. I’ll blog about this at a later date. A bonus was being able to see my brother and his family for one of the evenings. […]

Farming as a Metaphor for Workplace Culture

Michael Wade has an interesting post considering how non-agricultural workplaces can resemble farms. Workplace cultures are in large part a reflection of the underlying metaphor driving the organization, whether by design or chance. When much younger, I used and advocated the “business is war” metaphor. I have been much more successful (and much less stressed) […]

Baseball and Systems Thinking

Or “Yet another example of why baseball is more like life than any other sport.” Matt Cain of San Francisco Giants tosses 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history and second of 2012 season Just 22 perfect games in the history of baseball. How rare is that? Since 1900, there have been 353,240 (±20, […]

Stress Test for Professionals

This stress test has been floating around the Intertubes for quite a few years. The picture at the link below shows two identical dolphins. It was used in a case study on stress levels at Harvard/Yale/Mayo Clinic/Oxford/Cambridge/Etc. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific double […]

Blog Haiku #31

A weight falls away. Gazing to the horizon I see new burdens. Related PostsBlog Haiku #35 Blog Haiku #34 Blog Haiku #33 Blog Haiku #32 Blog Haiku #30