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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a three part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets […]

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Complexity and Decisions

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Decisions

The Complexity Part: This is the second in a three part series on how growing complexity is changing our lives. And when it comes to decisions, complexity is indeed the byword. Not only do we have an over abundance of product choices, we have an abundance of freedom in most areas of our life. For […]

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Complexity and Forecasting

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Forecasting

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain / mind / body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye […]

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Learning to See Complexity

March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Learning to See Complexity

Look and See: A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—photography. That habit is try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but to turn around and look behind me and up as well as down. […]

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Danger in the Comfort Zone

February 22, 2017 0 Comments
Danger in the Comfort Zone

Pushed Out of the Comfort Zone: Lately I’ve observed a lot of folks being dragged out of their comfort zones. Some are finding the huge change in our political environment to be unsettling. And some are perplexed over the many issues around perceived changes in our social values. A great deal of discomfort is due […]

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Try Leading and Not Managing

February 15, 2017 0 Comments
Try Leading and Not Managing

I’ll be frank, I don’t understand the question that comes up so frequently in my circles — “How do we manage the Millennials?” To me, it seems really straightforward. Somehow, people have confused themselves. You manage projects, you lead people. Try leading Millennials instead of managing them. Managing vs Leading There are several ways of distinguishing […]

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Manufacturing in the U.S.

February 8, 2017 0 Comments
Manufacturing in the U.S.

Over the holidays a couple of years ago, I was able to tour the Henry Ford museum. It was fascinating to see all the engineering of machinery on display. I was reminded of this as I browsed through some images on my PC. Can’t Go Back Last week’s post discussed (once again) the issues around […]

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I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

February 1, 2017 5 Comments
I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

And I’m not feeling at all guilty about it. For more than 3 decades, I spent my professional career in the semiconductor business. I worked for large, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturers. Arguably, semiconductor product development, specifically Integrated Circuits (IC), is what has driven the technology advances that have enabled job loss in the manufacturing sector. In […]

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Leadership Imperative

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership Imperative

The past does not help predict the future. Why? It’s simple. Nothing is really quite the same as it was in the past. And, we like to lament, our world is getting ever more complex at an accelerating pace. We, the curious, hairless apes, seem bent on accelerating that complexity even faster. We cannot help ourselves—we […]

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Pinnacle Leadership

January 18, 2017 0 Comments
Pinnacle Leadership

Back in 2000, John Maxwell authored a book entitled Developing the Leader Within You. In that book he posited that there are five levels of leadership. He named those levels Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. In this fifth and final post in this series, I discuss the Personhood or Pinnacle level of leadership. Pinnacle […]

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