Whom Do You Serve?

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Reading Time: 1 minuteA riddle for a Friday, adapted from one discussed by author Shane Snow in his book Smart Cuts: You’re the CEO of your company, and you are out for a drive, breaking in this new beauty down a strip of blacktop winding its way through a picturesque forest. The air is heavy with mist, with a light rain struggling to commence. As you navigate the serpentine …

Undefeated

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThey called him “Forty Second Boyd.” In the late 1950’s, the best fighter pilots in the world tested and trained at the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB outside of Las Vegas. For any and all pilots who came through the school,  John Boyd had a standing offer: he would spot you position on his tail, and if you could …

Running On Empty

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThe choreography of a modern F1 pit stop is a thing of beauty, involving such precision and artistry. A soundtrack by Mozart would be perfect here:     What you do not see in that clip is any attempt at refueling. It’s not that it was so fast you missed it. Refueling simply doesn’t happen during an F1 race: by …

The Takings Clause

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Reading Time: 2 minutesThings that get taken: credit offense parking spaces my seat too much time the TV remote ideas lunch money umbrage exception hostages shortcuts spot in line private property for public use There’s a certain air of negativity when things get taken. Likewise, when responsibility gets “taken,” responsibility is being done wrong. Leaders who publicly stand up and solemnly intone the …

Complicated vs Complex

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Reading Time: 1 minuteComplicated: a lot of moving parts high number of places where errors can arise understanding the mechanics is difficult but attainable once mechanics are understood, predictability follows because the connections are linear Complex: a lot of interrelated parts high number of places where exponentially higher number of variations can arise understanding the mechanics is difficult but attainable despite understanding the mechanics, predictability remains impossible because the connections are …