Category Archives: Thoughts

The Importance of Strength

An excerpt from Mark Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” to begin the discussion. I disagree that physical strength is the most important thing in life. I believe that knowledge is more important than strength. With knowledge, one can find strength, and realize … Continue reading

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What Is a Professional?

I recently started reading Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” coincidentally around the same time I was learning more about Clausewitz and friction. Pressfield dedicates the first chapter of his book to “resistance.” Similar to the resistance detailed by Clausewitz, … Continue reading

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Friction in War & Life

In “On War,” Clausewitz discusses friction extensively. The small difficulties experienced on the battlefield, Clausewitz successfully argued, cannot be entirely conceived. And while many of these difficulties are not that impactful on their own, combined with the myriad of other … Continue reading

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Dreams and Success

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Henry David Thoreau

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The Cynefin Framework

Ordered Contexts: Simple (known knowns) and Complicated (known unknowns) Simple: Sense, Categorize, Respond Complicated: Sense, Analyze, Respond Unordered Contexts: Complex (unknown unknowns) and Chaotic (unknowables) Complex: Probe, Sense, Respond Chaotic: Act, Sense, Respond  

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“A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making” by David Snowden and Mary Boone

I’ve seen leadership employed at a number of levels with varying levels of success. The most successful leaders I have encountered are the ones that are able to adapt to changing circumstances and that are receptive to innovative ideas from … Continue reading

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Understanding Complexity by Snowden and Boone

The following are excerpts from “A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making” published in Harvard Business Review by David Snowden and Mary Boone. A complex system has the following characteristics: It involves large numbers of interacting elements. The interactions are nonlinear, … Continue reading

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