Category Archives: Thoughts

Commitment versus Meaning

From “The Joy of Leadership” by Tal Ben-Shar: Meaningfulness is about the connection we feel toward an activity- whether we experience it as personally significant and aligned with our ideals. Commitment is about the motivation or energy we bring to … Continue reading

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Embracing a Learning Culture

Received job tasking this morning to provide feedback to headquarters consolidating tools, resources, initiatives, and best practices that complement a “Culture of Excellence.” I found the tasking striking for two reasons. First, relating to a book I’m currently reading, “The … Continue reading

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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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