Category Archives: 12: Character

The Baker’s Dilemma – A Parable

In a small village there was a bakery shop. Its owner had inherited the bakery from his father, who had inherited it from his father before him. It was not the only bakery in the village, but it was well … Continue reading

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Power Causes Brain Damage

“Power – a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies” – Henry Adams Power is like the weather: Everyone likes it when it’s comfortable, warm and makes them feel good; but More often than not it’s lousy … Continue reading

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Agents of Influence

“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it.” – Brazilian Samba instructor If there is any merit to the previous post proposing a connection between actual observed behaviors and the shapes that our Individual Behavior Curves or … Continue reading

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Individual Behavior Curves (Illustrated)

“This idea that there is generality in the specific is of far-reaching importance.” – Douglas R. Hofstadter In the back of my mind there has always been a quiet nagging question: Why can’t the Behavior Curve enable us to reproducibly pinpoint … Continue reading

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Perfect Storms – 2: The Election, Revisited

“Those who do not remember the past and fail to learn from it are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana (tweaked by me) I couldn’t resist. I had to add that phrase just to be sure Santayana’s point wasn’t … Continue reading

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Are You Deciduous Or Coniferous? (Guest Post)

Honestly, I’m not taking a break (again). I just think I tend to recognize notable things when they pop up. This guest post is a short piece by Jessica Hagy from Forbes complete with her trademark graphics.  Her thoughts are of … Continue reading

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On Internal and External Forces, and Ironmen

Once again, remember: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste” – Paul Romer, 2004 You’ve probably noticed that it’s taken me quite a while to get to another blog post. This was not necessarily due to an attack of … Continue reading

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