Categorized as: Leadership

Cargo Cults And Skyscrapers – Part 1 of 2

 

“In the South Seas there is a cargo cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they’ve arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head to headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas – he’s the controller – and they wait for the airplanes to land. They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land.” – Nobel-Laureate Richard Feynman, from his 1974 commencement address to the graduating class of Cal …

Victory By Stalemate

 

“The underdog wins if he doesn’t lose.” – Old Axiom, Unattributed

A Different Path To The Top

In most countries, Masters and Grandmasters comprise a small, tight-knit community (In case the thumbnail didn’t give it away – I’m referring to chess).

Those with top rankings usually keep a close eye on the rising contenders. In fact, they can often predict, with surprising accuracy, which players will one day make it to their level – and who won’t…

Years ago, there was a rising star – with a seemingly bright future – making his way up the ranks at a pace that surprised even this fellowship. Veterans at this level are rarely surprised – so it provoked their inquiry into how

After a game, each player’s

Echoes Of The Architects

 

“… So far as I am acquainted with the principles and Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive them to be founded on benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholy proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs.” – George Washington

Freemasonry is as often misunderstood by its critics as by its supporters. Knowledge of its history sheds light upon the largest misconceptions – as well as important insight into our present…

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Origins Of Architecture

Though myths and legends …

The Dimensional Mind – Engine Of Innovation

 

“They all overvalued the importance of stability.” – Robert Greene, Mastery

A Different Approach

In college, I bought a copy of Hyperspace by Dr. Michio Kaku. I spent that weekend glued to it until the last page. By the end of my freshman year, I must have re-read it at least five times.

The book delves into physics and math theories such as higher dimensions, unifying of forces, and time travel, while tying these concepts back to accepted work such as quantum mechanics and Einstein’s work on relativity.

Though these are great topics, it was his approach that really drew me in. There was a certain technique behind each example, something I couldn’t quite grasp. He had a way of …

The Rise Of Emergent Networks – Part 2 of 2

 

“Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.” – Edward De Bono, Author of Lateral Thinking

“Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.” – Edward De Bono, Author of Lateral Thinking

A problem as old and pervasive as the one we face (See Part 1) is beyond the reach of any person to solve. It can only be solved with a Game Changer.

Changing The Rules Of The Game

An analysis in Game Theory …

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