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"Education is what people do to you, and learning is what you do to yourself."
We start from the presumption that our people are talented and want to contribute. We accept that, without meaning to, our company is stifling that talent in myriad unseen ways. Finally, we try to identify those impediments and fix them.
Contrarian and interesting. Bertrand Russell.
If you’re a serious, old-school nerd, the usual way to get ahead is to invent your own stuff, or to acquire the following over twenty or thirty years of business experience. (In my case, thirty years.) They don’t teach you this at school. If you have normal social affect, you might know all this already, or will pick it up much faster than your nerdy co-workers. In any case, people will quickly decide to perceive you one way or the other, and it’ll be hard to change that perception, which is what the marketing folks rightly call a “brand.” You’re responsible for your own branding from the beginning, and if you can get it done well, right at the start, and then protect it, that’s good. We nerds aren’t good at that, and tend to be perceived unfairly. That can be corrected over time, particularly if you have a sense of humor. Publicly identifying with Dilbert helps. In <a href=”http://craigconnects.org/2014/05/if-i-were-22-nerds-hack-your-career.html”>Read More…</a>
They copied all they could follow
but they couldn’t copy my mind
so I left them sweating and stealing
a year and a half behind.
Technology has far surpassed our ability to use it. By 2014 all music ever produced could fit on an ipod, by 2016 there will be 80 years of video. It comes down to our ability to utilize the platforms and form companies and tribes and groups of people to use the technology.
We are feeling creatures who think, not the opposite.
We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.
- William Edgar O’Shaughnessy