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2015 January

Quote from John

“There is a perfect rout of characters in every man—and every man is like an actor’s trunk, full of strange creatures, new & old. But an actor and his trunk are two different things.”

– Milton J. Bates, Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self

mike

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2015 January

Frenchmen Could Not Speak French

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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“… secularism also poses a public problem. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible.”

And we lose sight of how hard it was to get that common ground to begin with.

Herb

 

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2015 January

No More Angry Calls to Customer Service

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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Short video on internet speed by the White House.

John

The Daily Upworthiest

We interrupt your regularly scheduled junk-mail archiving time for something really important and dear to our hearts. ​

It’s about the Internet. You know, the thing we’re talking to you from? The powerful place that has helped launch entire social and political movements AND has all the cat GIFs and Netflix? Yeah, that thing.

The Internet is such an enormous force in our world, yet so many people have trouble accessing it. Even here in the United States.  So we’ve started to wonder: What if there was a way to make the Internet just all-around better for everyone? To make everyone’s Internet faster, cheaper, and more accessible? Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where it didn’t take an eternity to load a single website?

And hey, what if there was, say, a video exclusive to Upworthy straight from the folks at the White House all about how this Internet stuff could work? And what if … what if this video was just below all of this text?

Huh. That would be pretty cool, right? Well, “what if” no longer because this video is a reality! We really had you going, right? OK, OK, we’ll stop talking so you can start watching.​

— Team Upworthy

 

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2015 January

A War Between Two Worlds

http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/war-between-two-worlds

I think this has already been passed here…but this quote was so important developmentally, that I wanted to send again!

Ghettoization

The current crisis has its origins in the collapse of European hegemony over North Africa after World War II and the Europeans’ need for cheap labor. As a result of the way in which they ended their imperial relations, they were bound to allow the migration of Muslims into Europe, and the permeable borders of the European Union enabled them to settle where they chose. The Muslims, for their part, did not come to join in a cultural transformation. They came for work, and money, and for the simplest reasons. The Europeans’ appetite for cheap labor and the Muslims’ appetite for work combined to generate a massive movement of populations.

The matter was complicated by the fact that Europe was no longer simply Christian. Christianity had lost its hegemonic control over European culture over the previous centuries and had been joined, if not replaced, by a new doctrine of secularism. Secularism drew a radical distinction between public and private life, in which religion, in any traditional sense, was relegated to the private sphere with no hold over public life. There are many charms in secularism, in particular the freedom to believe what you will in private. But secularism also poses a public problem. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible. And then there are those for whom the very distinction between private and public is either meaningless or unacceptable. The complex contrivances of secularism have their charm, but not everyone is charmed.

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At the core here are ValuDYNAMICS:

Different ways in which means serve ends.

The quote critically framed the dance:

“… secularism also poses a public problem. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible.”

It appears…that a values basin has a bell curve distribution…and that once you leave a basin to gain/tolerate more freedom, the distribution shifts to long tail distribution…

What this “might” mean is that it will be towards impossible to coalesce and gain cohesion among those in long tail distributed space when no superordinate scaffolding is present.

This alone has serious implications for policy and explains the ground of Europe…in a literal and figurative sense.

mike

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2015 January

15 Traits of a Terrible Leader

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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See #4 in light of our experience posts.

John

http://www.success.com/article/15-traits-of-a-terrible-leader?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.success.com%2farticle%2f15-traits-of-a-terrible-leader&utm_campaign=15+Traits+of+a+Terrible+Leader

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Ok, couple flies in the ointment

First, trait-based theories of leadership have been debunked, no one is born a leader, and thus no one born a terrible leader, so get rid of trait language;)

Second, a lot of those traits are VERY handy at times…

It’s a BS approach, which people seem to love, pop psychology that ain’t true but sounds good, people love their BS…

 

mike

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2015 January

Building theory about evolution of organizational change patterns – Emergence: Complexity & Organization

https://journal.emergentpublications.com/article/15327000160402

Rogers et al. (2005: 20) supported Ross Ashby’s (1956) notion of a law of requisite variety which “posits that system variation needs to match the corresponding features of environmental demands if organization and collective action are to be effective” (Rogers et al., 2005: 20).

Elliott mention this law of requisite variety anywhere?

mike

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2015 January

Artifacts @F-L-O-W…

Europe’s Empty Churches Go On Sale

 

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2015 January

The Death Of Knowledge Work And The Rise Of ‘Learning Workers’

During the past few decades, we have spent a lot of time talking about knowledge workers and knowledge work. However today knowledge is nothing more than a commodity and to be the smartest guy in the room all you need access to be a smartphone. Thi…

Forbes – Saturday, January 03, 2015

http://a.msn.com/r/2/BBhuh6B?a=1&m=EN-PH

 

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2015 January

Interesting…Dark Side of EI

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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Counterpoint example to the BS view that EI is always good, better, best.

Alicia Parr

 

However, in jobs that involved fewer emotional demands, the results reversed. The more emotionally intelligent employees were, the lower their job performance. For mechanics, scientists, and accountants, emotional intelligence was a liability rather than an asset. Although more research is needed to unpack these results, one promising explanation is that these employees were paying attention to emotions when they should have been focusing on their tasks.

Instead of assuming that emotional intelligence is always useful, we need to think more carefully about where and when it matters. In a recent study at a healthcare company, I asked employees to complete a test about managing and regulating emotions, and then asked managers to evaluate how much time employees spent helping their colleagues and customers. There was no relationship whatsoever between emotional intelligence and helping: Helping is driven by our motivations and values, not by our abilities to understand and manage emotions. However, emotional intelligence was consequential when examining a different behavior: challenging the status quo by speaking up with ideas and suggestions for improvement.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-emotional-intelligence/282720/

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“Mike’s response…”

Yes back in 1999 when I was certifiably emotionally intelligent, I realized that it was a double-edged sword…

I also realized that they had to HIDE part of the model in order to swallow it…

A little seen caveat is that managers in general seem to need around 110 IQ to begin to use the principles of EI

Further noting that skills without Self-Awareness were like putting gasoline in an air conditioner…

mike