And so, the ducks come from time to time. As a matter of fact, they come fairly often. The two of them simply waddled up from the lake into the backyard and, from there, walked up to the door and stood about 5 feet from the back door. We took some bread out, and some [...]
Archive for October, 2006
The process of going from good to great tends to be evolutionary, not revolutionary. It represents the sum total of incessant pushes – and consistent pushes – in the same direction every time. There is no one “aha” that makes all the difference. None of the companies in the book could ultimately point to one [...]
Neither bite nor bulk will save an oragnization when its habitat changes faster than it is able to adjust. Sooner or later, it will die out.
The central question in any acquisition is the following one central theme: “How does this affect me?” It doesn’t matter who the stakeholders are, i.e. employees, stockholders, customers, managers, suppliers, the community at large, and so forth. The bottom line is everybody wants to know how it affects them. To not answer that question is [...]
I had an interesting episode today. Actually, it was more an interesting couple days. I had a phone call from a friend back in the old days—some 20 years ago—when I was involved in MENSA. She told me that a woman had dated and I hadn’t seen for years had contracted Lou Gehrig’s disease which [...]
The picture of an evolution, starting with total inanimate matter, which embeds the opportunity for carbon-based matter to create living organisms and from those living organisms intelligence and consciousness. The ongoing evolution develops such that the living component of the universe continues to develop as the universe expands.
I had an interesting visual this morning. As I was turning onto Jackson, I saw a runner, in a t-shirt, running shorts, running shoes, and so forth, round the corner at a heavy clip. He slowed down, panting and perspiring, reached into the pocket of his running shorts, pulled out a cigarette and a lighter, [...]
So there I was. I was teaching my little girl, who had just gotten a bicycle with training wheels for her third birthday, how to peddle. She was having a really difficult time, even after a couple days, distinguishing between peddling forward and braking, which are all part of the same function: one moving forward [...]
We have to take the current reality as the best reality simply by virtue of the fact that the set of circumstances we currently see have survived. It doesn’t mean that there cannot be a better reality tomorrow once a new variable is introduced into the environment; it does mean, however, that the reality we [...]
Language, whether expressed in the symbols of mathematics, or in the idiom of words, is the method by which thoughts contain expression that can both be captured as well as communicated to others. It is the way that a single cognitive institution is able to be expressed in some manner that can be codified, embraced [...]