Latest Observations

On Leadership and The Need to Separate the “What” from the “When”

Topic:Leadership
Posted on:Aug 26, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

The leader knows “what” before he knows “how,” but he knows “how” before he knows “when.” It is the “when” element which makes fools out of wise men. We often know what will happen, but we seldom know when (precisely when). If we are not careful, our careless assignment of timelines may undermine our team’s trust. The leader needs to separate the “what” from the “when,” or else the latter will jeopardize the credibility of the former.

On the Problem with Biographers

Topic:Communication
Posted on:Aug 24, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

Beware of biographies written by biographers. The problem is some people cannot be truly understood except by someone who is like them. Biographers are not like CEOs, poets, or inventors. The good biographers bring a necessary objectivity, but they lose an even more essential subjectivity.

On the Simultaneous Experience of Joy and Agony

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 23, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:David J

I do not understand how joy and agony can co-exist within the same person, even within the same instant. Life is an inversion of paradoxes. One can be full of joy and, yet, full of agony. The human container is too frail. A soul cannot contain the whole truth. This is what separates me from the ultimate. I cannot bear what I know. I cannot bear the knowledge of what I do not know, either. However, amidst the overwhelming desperation, is a sense that the edge of beauty is only experienced at the edge of frailty. When all I experience is too much, I come to value the marvelous potential of life. Joy and agony can co-exist. Beauty is evidenced when they touch.

On Balancing the Long-Term with the Short-Term

Topic:Personal
Posted on:Aug 19, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

My whole life has been a combination of short-term and long-term investments. In a sense, I am very sensitive to the cash conversion cycle of my own production. Twenty years ago I made investments in myself that I do not expect to pay off for yet another 20 years. But all along the way, I built a "cash position" with the rapid conversion of a small percentage of my activities into a "monetizable offering".

The key here is to adjust the differential between the short-term and the long-term so that one has a strong enough financial position to continue generating those major investments that will have the longest and greatest impact.

On Becoming Too Busy to Slow Down and See

Topic:Leadership
Posted on:Aug 18, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

Leaders can become overwhelmed by all that must be done. However, the No. 1 reason we carry the burden is not because we have too much to do; it is because we have too much to "see." We have not fought hard enough for perspicuous clarity. Beware of the “leadership fog.” We should not rush forward faster than we can truly see.

On My Work as an Expression of Experimental Philosophy

Topic:Communication
Posted on:Aug 17, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Flint M

I need to consider the impact of rational choice theory as it relates to my research on the value proposition. I think I hold to a subjective theory of value, at least on a practical level. And I would lean towards methodological individualisim. The danger is this: my work does not belong in any of these particular categories.  I am not an economist, and I developed my thinking independent of these disciplines. In effect, I have been engaging in experimental philosophy before experimental philosophy was a recognized approach.

On Conflating the Two Concepts of Convergence Theory and Enterprise Locus

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 16, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:David J

I am conflating two concepts: convergence theory and enterprise locus.

Transformation assumes an external force working against an entity. In the event that force is being applied to an entity in a given dimension, the force must be channeled. In those cases where the energy itself is the only force, then the energy is all that is necessary. Nevertheless, if there is an item, such as a message being delivered, then you will have the content and the energy. The means of reaching the entity becomes the distribution. One might argue that this is not the means but, rather, the action of distributing the energy. Nevertheless, energy by its very nature distributes. It implies motion. Thus, one might be able to unify content distribution and energy as a single factor, depending on certain circumstances.

On Existence as the Unification of Subject and Predicate

Topic:Personal
Posted on:Aug 15, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Flint M

Reality may be interpreted as vertical and horizontal. Vertical reality manifests itself in levels; horizontal reality manifests itself in parts. My vertical reality is experienced in layers (they form my subject). My horizontal reality is expressed in actions (they form my predicate). – These actions can be combined to form the subjectification of predication.

The delineation between subject and predicate is useful, but misleading. I am not a subject who predicates. I am the whole of my subject and predicate. The distinction between subject, action, and object fails to recognize that the act of acting becomes subject, and thus object for another. The difference is more than semantic. The difference is perspective. Most of us labor under this illusion: I am (this person); I do (these things). But it is impossible to separate the “aming” from the “doing” (can there be space without time?).

The unification of subject and predicate, as the essence of “I”, points to the importance of tense. Every infinitesimal expression of the absolute “now” is a distinct instance of identity. What was before is no longer “I”. Moreover, the notion of predication collapses into an interval no longer than the absolute minimal instance of the present. The world sees my existence as a whole; I see it as an ever-renewing opportunity to express. Who “I was” does not have to be who “I am”. And while the tenuous strands of pattern may appear to stretch across my present-tense instances, I am relieved to know that the power of pattern is no more than the strength of its always-breakable strand. My past does not own my present.

On How a Leader Galvanizes Action

Topic:Leadership
Posted on:Aug 12, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

A leader galvanizes action. He spends his solitude in determining and discerning his way through decision processes. It does not mean he makes those decisions on his own, but he does come to a certain peace about what should be done.

When he steps out of his solitude – from the personal dynamic to the social dynamic – he galvanizes action, maximizing the production capacity of everyone around him. If he is a mature leader, he does it in a way that empowers his team. If he is an immature leader he does it in a way that (often) injures his team. Either way he does it. This is true, whether he is Gandhi or Attila the Hun.

On the Marketer as Both Scientist and Mystic

Topic:Communication
Posted on:Aug 11, 2016
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

The marketer must be part scientist and part mystic. While many would agree with the science aspect, others would challenge the mysticism. But the marketer is dealing with the complexities of the human being. The method of science cannot span the void in our understanding into the spirit and the mind. An essential aspect of the marketer's work is to predict behavior. This is not an exact science. Intuition, perception, and sometimes an almost mystic apprehension are necessary.