UNDERSTANDING IS A POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR CONVEXITY (ANTIFRAGILITY): A Conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another in the CONVERSATIONS AT EDGE series, in this instance a conversation with Nassim Nicholas Taleb. “The point we will be making here is that logically, neither trial and error nor “chance” and serendipity can be behind the gains in technology and empirical science attributed to them. By definition chance cannot lead to [.].

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Book Review: An introduction to organisational behaviour for managers and engineers

Chartered Management Institute

This is a useful compact volume which guides the trained and focussed professional who nevertheless has to work in shark-infested corporate waters, and who has to do more than keep her/his head down in professional work in order to survive and influence the politics of the multicultural firm.

How the Imagined “Rationality” of Engineering Is Hurting Diversity — and Engineering

Harvard Business Review

Just how common are the views on gender espoused in the memo that former Google engineer James Damore was recently fired for distributing on an internal company message board? Research we’ve conducted shows that while most people don’t share Damore’s views, male engineers are more likely to. ” Students are taught engineering purity, Cech found , so their commitment to public welfare declines significantly over the course of their engineering education.

The Leader's Role in Vision Development

Coaching Tip

Energy isn’t wasted in the politics of the team, organization or community because there aren''t different rules for everybody. . Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Self-Awareness Skills Tips What is Work life assumptions beliefs business techniques engineering agreement guiding principles intangibles leaders leadership thomas h.

The Zen of Trash: 10 Life Lessons From Collecting Garbage

Terry Starbucker

Sanitation Engineer, more affectionately known as a “Garbage Man”. It’s amazing what been nice and polite can do for you in a company. Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full The Zen of Trash: 10 Life Lessons From Collecting Garbage by Starbucker on August 19, 2010 While I was in college 30 years ago I spent my summers working for my hometown department of public works. My job?

When a Country is Facing Political and Human Rights Issues, Should Businesses Leave or Stay?

Harvard Business Review

Questions like this involving issues like politics, human rights, or equality often present themselves sooner or later for any business operating in global markets. Business survives politics, fortunately.” Steve Bronstein/Getty Images.

How We Reorganized Instagram’s Engineering Team While Quadrupling Its Size

Harvard Business Review

When I joined Instagram in 2015 as head of engineering, the company had been part of Facebook for three years. It had 115 engineers, but we would soon scale to 300, and later grow to over 400 in 2017. The engineering department needed better organization and management, and its employees were craving more career development. The result is smoother scaling, better communication, faster execution and very little in the way of politics. Andy Crawford/Getty Images.

What Companies Can Learn from Political Campaigns

Harvard Business Review

With the Republican primaries now just weeks away, the range of observers who are watching polls and assessing campaign strategies is expanding beyond political wonks and news junkies. While politics has always been an avid spectator sport, lately it's become a field that offers valuable lessons for business. Political campaigns have traditionally been among the most sophisticated users of polling and statistics, and that remains true.

How Wikipedia Keeps Political Discourse from Turning Ugly

Harvard Business Review

It receives more than 500 million viewers per month, more than 5 million articles grace its web pages in English alone, and — remarkable for an election cycle — the content does not deteriorate into ugly accusatory statements from opposing political camps. politics. Such challenges arise most often when topics involve subjective, unverifiable, or controversial information — as is common in political debates. Political discussion puts pressure on this format.

Job Creation: Focus on Programs, Not Politics

Harvard Business Review

These are nuclear engineers, hydraulic and electrical systems workers, and the rich ecosystem of people who make and run what we use everyday — from life-saving tubing hook-ups in hospital rooms to the bridges we cross. But to boost their ROI, educators must respond to the current demands and anticipate labor market needs of employers, put a premium on science, technology engineering and math (STEM) skills, and track their own success in preparing and placing students in jobs.

Why The Health Care Reform Debate Makes Me Sick

The Recovering Engineer

In that post, I listed a number of things common to the political process that are terrible examples of how to behave when you are really trying to solve a problem or resolve a conflict. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S.

Why The Health Care Reform Debate Makes Me Sick

The Recovering Engineer

In that post, I listed a number of things common to the political process that are terrible examples of how to behave when you are really trying to solve a problem or resolve a conflict. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and he served as a Nuclear Engineering officer in the U.S.

What All The World’s Leaders Studied In School (2018 Edition)

Joseph Lalonde

Politics and economics, unsurprisingly, led to the most world leaders, coming just ahead of law, with military and law enforcement in third. Many European leaders were law students in their youth, with political and economic courses also dominating, but there are still some curveballs.

Team Building is the Unseen Part of Better Teamwork

Great Results Team Building

While it is common for some to underestimate the behaviors that are often defined as evidence of teamwork – collaboration, politeness, rapport, and efficiency in accomplishing a common goal - teamwork is actually a great deal more important than you might think.

The Last Shuttle Mission Is Safely Home! - Now Some Recommendations

Building Personal Strength

You really do have the most talented scientists and engineers in the world. Science Life Cosmos Politics Space TravelOn July 8, 2011, when the space shuttle Atlantis launched safely for the last time, I reflected on "What next?"

What if Serving Others Actually Serves You, too?

Great Leadership By Dan

Or is work a source of consternation for you, with more politics than pleasure, more battles than beauty? He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Amazon best sellers The Culture Engine and Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard.

Innovation Execution

Coaching Tip

They are built to be performance engines. A well-run performance engine is the master of many challenges. Innovation requires experimentation: the performance engine demands efficiency. Innovation sometimes fails; the performance engine struggles to forgive.

Overcome speaker anxiety to become a fearless and engaging speaker

Career Advancement

Over time, I’ve learned to manage my anxiety and turn it into an engine that propels me forward. Like most audiences, you were polite and encouraging. Guest Post by Deborah Shames. I confess. To this day, I experience anxiety before delivering a keynote or leading my business group.

Leaders need to Lead

Great Leadership By Dan

My father is a retired engineer with his Master’s degree in thermodynamics. He worked on the Mercury and Gemini space programs before moving to Cummins Engines where he helped develop the small diesel engines now used in pickup trucks.

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You Need More Weirdos

Talent Anarchy 1

When everyone else was prioritizing politeness and “being nice” while discussing something that clearly had issues, Kevin would speak that truth into reality. In fact, I’d argue that most organizations have actually engineered their culture to be anti-weirdo.

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Bridging the Gap to Your Goals: Building a Span That Lasts

RapidStart Leadership

But if you ignore the environment the bridge is built in, you risk spectacular collapse, as the engineers of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge learned in 1940. Funding constraints and political battles doomed productive efforts until the 1930s.

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Leading a “Mozart”

Lead Change Blog

But they can propel us to greatness by being the spark plug for the organization’s innovation engine. They need a scout shrewd enough in corporate politics to provide them early warning regarding interpersonal mine fields and lurking group ambushes.

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Ten Years After Ford’s Spectacular Turnaround, What Alan Mulally Reveals About Brand-Inspired Cultural Revolution

Great Leadership By Dan

With its leaders distracted by playing politics and defending turfs, the Ford brand had become listless and unfocused. Guest post from Denise Lee Yohn: It's been 10 years since Alan Mulally pulled off what has been considered one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in U.S. history.

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PRINCIPLES OVER PROCESS

N2Growth Blog

Strategists, consultants and many senior executives are so caught up in their methodology, processes, best practices, tools, techniques, and politics that they can’t see the forest for the trees. Engineered to Win. Your approach to strategy management should be specifically engineered for your organization. By Mark Hefner. Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth. ADVANTAGE STRATEGY. Five Paradigm-Shifting Principles.

Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

Engineering and creating sustainable advantage is the focus of the new paradigm for strategy management, detailing how the intersection of intelligence and innovation come together to deliver and sustain superior financial performance and value creation.

Servant-Leadership is Great in a Crisis

Modern Servant Leader

Southwest Airlines – Engine Failure Kills a Passenger. Southwest flight 1380 from New York to Dallas experienced an engine explosion, ultimately killing a passenger. Is SERVANT-Leadership good in a crisis?

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Paddington 2

Joseph Lalonde

Jonathan discovered a love for steam engines. He built model engines in his bedroom in his spare time. She was the bear who rescued him from the raging river and raised him to be the polite, kind bear he became.

It’s Never Been More Important for Big Companies to Listen to Local Communities

Harvard Business Review

In reality, just like anywhere in the world, these communities are part of a broader social and political system. Not surprisingly, a growing number of energy and infrastructure executives argue that, today, successful companies in these industries are set apart not by their technology and expertise but by their ability to generate social and political support for their projects. Alice Potter/Getty Images.

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

Harvard Business Review

But few governments appear to have the money or the political will to foot the up-front costs to prevent or fight fragmentation. These range from uncertain revenues to disagreements over guarantees to concerns about political risk. Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure Article

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about the Power of Gratitude

Let's Grow Leaders

Whether you lead a multinational company, a human-service nonprofit, a team of three engineers trying to solve a stubborn problem, are a parent, or a community volunteer, in your role as a leader you give and receive truly significant gifts nearly every day of the year.

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Are You Crushing It Every Day?

Rich Gee Group

I am currently working with the CEO/Owner of a top engineering firm and we’re currently spinning the sequence around to help him enjoy the benefits of his labor. “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” – Gary Vaynerchuk, from Crush It!

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Leadership – Unsafe at Any Speed?

Great Leadership By Dan

The Chevy Corvair, a unique rear engine US automobile that became the poster child for poor automobile safety and design, was just one of the many cars Nader and his team researched in order to highlight the dangers of automobile design and manufacture.

Organizational Transformation Requires Leadership at all Levels

Great Leadership By Dan

Given organizational matrices, work complexities, and corporate politics, the transformation team relies heavily on leadership traits to secure support, overcome barriers, resolve escalated issues and manage risks across organizational divisions, functions, and levels.

Happiness: A Leadership Imperative

Great Leadership By Dan

One member of my team has accomplished some interesting things in his life, including moving the needle in an area of American politics. Every employee, from your best engineers, to your brightest MBA, to your janitor provides value to others.

On Duty: The Meaning of Leadership in a Risk-Filled World

RapidStart Leadership

You can’t rely on what you hear, certainly in politics, so much of the media spinning its own version of the truth. She lives in Chicago with her engineer husband and rescue black lab. She is a jet pilot, Ph.D., federal agent, and Amazon best-selling author. And she is a leader.

Leadership Lesson From General McChrystal: Get Onboard or Get Out.

The Recovering Engineer

where President Barack Obama accepted his resignation I have not seen the article containing the reportedly insubordinate comments, and I am not attempting to make any political statement concerning General McChrystal or President Obama.

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Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Always appreciate your insights Peter… [link] mikemyatt Hi Elliot: The four items mentioned in your list regrettably happen to exist in many domains far beyond the engineering field.

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Exploring Complex Problems Using Systems Thinking

Deming Institute

I have made the distinction between political participation and non-political participation, and I have established that voting is just one form (part) of such participation.

Stop Selling and Add Value | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Call me crazy, but I don’t want to talk to someone who wants to manage my account, develop my business, or engineer my sale. If you don’t engineer everything around the client, your client relationships will vanish before your very eyes.

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How To Take Charge Of Your Job Search.

Rich Gee Group

You surf political/interest/financial/news sites frequently, “To keep up on what’s happening” You get up later and later. September 1 to November 15 — Have to restart that old job search engine!

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Business Model Architecture | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Also, a common response is to confuse a sales engine, fulfillment process, operational process, technology platform, or any number of other areas as business models, where this is not the case.

A Lesson in Leadership from the Melancholic Teddy Roosevelt

Great Leadership By Dan

The 26 th President led a very tragic life; it made him empathetic and a great leader Guest post from Jon Knokey : Certainly there can only be one Theodore Roosevelt: the smile, the bombastic laugh, the unbridled energy that bore him the nickname the “steam engine in trousers.”

The Key Leadership Skill?

Great Leadership By Dan

Seconds before the crash all four of the plane’s engines stopped working. ·. Colombians are invariably polite and non confrontational to those they see as being in a position of power.

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