Posts Tagged ‘thinking’

Underlying Assumptions

November 27, 2012 3 comments

The underlying assumptions harbored by executive decision-makers drive an org’s processes/policies. And those processes/policies influence an org’s social and financial performance. As a rule, assumptions based on Theory X thinking lead to mediocre performance and those based on Theory Y lead to stellar performance. Most org processes/policies (e.g. the annual “objective” performance appraisal ritual) are Theory X based constrictions cloaked in Theory Y rhetoric – regardless of what is espoused.

One Hit, One Miss

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

In “So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World“, Margaret J. Wheatley hits the mark with BD00:

The interactive nature of the Net distinguishes it from all earlier technologies; from the start, it was based on public interactions, not on private use such as with books or recordings. It fed on two powerful human needs— to be visible and to connect— at a time when we were already feeling lonely and invisible. Our insatiable appetites for self-creation and self-expression have transformed us into twenty-first-century hunter-gatherers. We’ve become addicted to what else we might find, where the next click might lead us, so we incessantly keep hunting.

Meg also misses the mark with:

…we’ve abandoned the thinking skills we humans developed over many centuries of evolution: abstract thinking, nuanced language, envisioning, moral reasoning, the scientific method.

Note that the hit and miss only apply to BD00; according to BD00. How do they apply to you; according to you?

Ignored, Denied, Or Pushed Aside

November 7, 2012 6 comments

Fresh from Margaret Wheatley‘s “So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World“, I present you with these four vexing questions:

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and your expectations were met, then you’re incredibly lucky because:

They’re based on an assumption of rational human behavior— that leaders are interested in what works— and that has not proven true. Time and again, innovators and their highly successful projects are ignored, denied or pushed aside, even in the best of times. In this dark era, this is even more true. – Margaret Wheatley

Not that I’m an innovator, but these questions hit me hard because it took decades of disappointment and bewilderment for me to realize that Ms. Wheatley is right. But you know what? Once I became truly aware that “it is the way it is“, I felt liberated. Now I do the work for the work itself. An intimate, joyful communication between the creator and the created.

Holding On For Too Long

October 25, 2012 2 comments

I’ve always admired Linus Torvalds. Thus, I found this article, “Linus Torvalds Answers Your Questions“, fascinating. Particularly, this Q & A struck a chord in me:

Q: You must of been burned out on Linux kernel development multiple-times over by now… how do you deal with it?

Linus: Oh, I really enjoy what I do. And I actually enjoy arguing too, and while I may swear a lot and appear like a grumpy angry old man at times, I am also pretty good at just letting things go. So I can be very passionate about some things, but at the same time I don’t tend to really hold on to some particular issue for too long, and I think that helps avoid burn-out.

Obsessing about things is important, and things really do matter, but if you can’t let go of them, you’ll end up crazy.

I’ve found that when I can’t let go of something that “shouldn’t be like it is“, the world suddenly stops. I get stuck; immobilized by a stagnating cesspool of circular thoughts and wondering if I’ll ever get unstuck.

The key for me to getting unstuck and moving forward again is to realize that I can’t control or fix everything to “my” liking. As hard as it is to accept, the world doesn’t exist to accommodate “ME“. Thus, when I can remember it (which is a challenge in itself), my favorite prayer is:

BD00, please grant the “other” BD00 the serenity to accept the things he cannot change,
The courage to change the things he can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

How about you? Do you ever get stuck? What gets you unstuck?

The Experiences Of Others

October 23, 2012 2 comments

When you think “differently” about the world than the majority, there’s a tendency to start feeling isolated and alone. Such is the power of authority and peer pressure to impose thought conformance to the prevailing world view.

When you encounter others, either in person or more likely in prose, whose “different” thoughts overlap with yours, a sense of kinship and belonging, which all human beings crave, blossoms.

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. – Mark Twain

One of the main reasons I read a lot of non-fictions books and articles is because I love to discover and learn through the direct experiences of others. Because of the constraints imposed by the limits of physical space and time, I cannot do and directly experience everything in all the areas that interest and impact me. Thus, I rely on the written expressions of others to feed my thirst for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. To do otherwise would be to live life in a closed bubble, devoid of richness and variety.

Bounded Solution Spaces

September 29, 2012 2 comments

As a result of an interesting e-conversation with my friend Charlie Alfred, I concocted this bogus graphic:

Given a set of requirements, the problem space is a bounded (perhaps wrongly, incompletely, or ambiguously) starting point for a solution search. I think an architect’s job is to conjure up one or more solutions that ideally engulf the entire problem space. However, the world being as messy as it is, different candidates will solve different parts of the problem – each with its own benefits and detriments. Either way, each solution candidate bounds a solution space, no?

Courageous Journey

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s a dare fer ya:

If your org has a long, illustrious history of product development and you’re just getting started on a new, grand effort that will conquer the world and catapult you and your clan to fame and fortune, ask around for the post-mortem artifacts documenting those past successes.

If by some divine intervention, you actually do discover a stash of post-mortems stored on the 360 KB, 3.5 inch floppy disk that comprises your org’s persistent memory, your next death-defying task is to secure access to the booty.

If by a second act of gawd you’re allowed to access the “data“, then pour through the gobbledygook and look for any non-bogus recommendations for future improvement that may be useful to your impending disaster, err, I mean, project. Finally, ask around to discover if any vaunted org processes/procedures/practices were changed as a result of the “lessons learned” from innocently made bad decisions, mistakes, and errors.

But wait, you’re not 100% done! If you do survive the suicide mission with your bowels in place and title intact, you must report your findings back here. To celebrate your courageous journey through Jurassic Park, there may be a free BD00 T-shirt in the offing. Making stuff up is unacceptable – BD00 requires verifiable data and three confirmatory references. Only BD00 is “approved” to concoct crap, both literally and visually, on this dumbass and reputation-busting blawg.

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