Tom Peters: “What Diversity Problem?”

This is Tom Peters on Diversity in 1994’s The Pursuit of Wow!: Diversity problem? Hurdle? Diversity creates one and only one thing: opportunity. Business, in the mad global marketplace [1994!], needs a rush of serious creativity. Creativity is, invariably, a byproduct of sparks, new views, juxtaposed interests etc. How does a company acquire those assets? Diversity! … It seems obvious…

On Jean Valjean’s carriage, technological progress and interchangeable parts

Jean Valjean – in a desperate hurry to save an innocent man from being condemned – has stopped to rest his horse and discovered that his carriage has a broken wheel: This excellent beast had covered twelve and a half miles in two hours and had not a drop of sweat on its rump. … “Can you repair the wheel…

Reading List: 2020 and beyond?

*Asterisk indicates previously read (to re-read) read or partially read. I’m not promising to finish in 2020, but I’d like to. Needs more fiction. Getting things done (4) 12 Week Year – Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington* (read 2020/01/09) Atomic Habits – James Clear* Make Time – Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (added 2020/01/05) Start Finishing – Charlie Gilkey (added…

2019: Goals in review

Driverless Crocodile Goals for 2019: Here’s a review of the year’s goals: Goal 1: Keep it up. 600 posts on DC by the end of 2019, with enough of a frontlog to set it and forget it for a couple of holidays. Result: 578 posts by 31st December 2019. (GOAL MISSED) Commentary: The original plan required an extra 50ish posts…

Seth Godin on physical books

A book is a souvenir of an idea. You come in here, and you see something, and you go “Oh yeah!” and then you can go do something.Whereas who knows where it is on my harddrive? They’re like old friends.…I think that the magic [of a book] is sort of like how people used to talk about radio, as “Theatre…

Canon: fences and trampolines

I’ve just spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at the first Jakarta International Literary Festival. I sat in on two Symposiums*: The Southern Common Themes Dilemma, moderated by Nukila Aman and featuring Legodile Seganabeng, Sharlene Teo, Intan Paramaditha, and Nukila Aman; and The Need for a Southern Canon, moderated by Stephanos Stephanides and featuring Ramon Guillermo, Hilmar Farid and Adania Shibli.…

Peter Drucker on social responsibility

A business that does not show a profit at least equal to its cost of capital is irresponsible; it wastes society’s resources. Economic profit performance is the base without which business cannot discharge any other responsibilities, cannot be a good employer, a good citizen, a good neighbor. But economic performance is not the only responsibility of a business any more…

Resource: the parts of a book

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re looking at (or writing) a forward, preface, introduction or something else, you may find this helpful: Parts of a Book from iUniverse.

Systems: complicated and complex – Aaron Dignan

The engine inside a car is complicated. A complicated system is a causal system – meaning that it is subject to cause and effect. Although it may have many parts, they will interact with one another in highly predictable ways. Problems with complicated systems have solutions. This means that, within reason, a complicated system can be fixed with a high…

The level of your systems

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear – Atomic Habits If you want things to be easier tomorrow, it really helps to have strong systems in place. Most of the important things that you do go a lot better if you have a system for making sure…