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Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Book Review

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragile – Things That Gain from Disorder”,      Random House, New York, (c)2012, 519pp. “Antifragile” has been on the shelves for a year now, I read it when it first came out, yet I felt constrained from writing … Continue reading

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“Any-Medium-Whatever” – Art of the Human Condition

Artist Tamara Kvesitadze represented the Republic of Georgia at the 54th International Exposition of Art in Venice, Italy (The Biennale) this summer. Trained as an architect yet concentrating primarily on sculptures that use intricate mechanical workings to articulate pliable surfaces, … Continue reading

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Delegation – A Covenant of Trust

Proper, responsible and accountable delegation is a form of contract between a client and the team or individual commissioned or assigned to complete a task or project.  A “client” may be an outside entity, a collaborator, a team, a co-worker or a supervisor.  The most … Continue reading

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Tune-Up for Your Problem Solving System

Their Problem Solving System May Be Your Problem Effective problem solving benefits from simple, easily comprehended procedures that are prepared in advance, utilize simple tools, and can be easily applied through-out the process, including follow-through after the solution is found, approved and implemented!   Why have a plethora of “methods” … Continue reading

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The “Completed Action” Principle

Completed Staff Action The United States Air Force developed its version of the Completed Staff Action concept  decades ago.  Properly (which always includes ethically) applied as a general operational principle with a common sense approach, it has been “proven in action” by a legion of private and public … Continue reading

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What You Do and How You Do It

A Not-So-Modest Proposal   GOAL:  ALL aspects of who we are and what we do (ALL aspects) shall CLEARLY and CONFIDENTLY identify, define, articulate, incorporate, integrate, demonstrate and advocate: Unwavering adherence to the highest morals, ethics, principles and conduct standards; … Continue reading

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Timely vis-a-vis Expedient

“Timely” does not allow “expediency”. (Author Unknown) An interesting statement!  Is it an absolute, a propositional maxim, or situational?  I am deeply concerned about situational ethics.  The quote addresses a facet of that problem.   After ruminating on it, I decided to … Continue reading

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The Marveling of Man

“Man is always marveling at what he has blown apart, never at what the universe has put together.” Loren Eiseley, January 28, 1956 A statement worth pondering, including that the inclusion of “what the universe has put together” as a human understanding demonstrates … Continue reading

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Innovation: Confusion of Genre?

       “Innovation is the Confusion of Genre”  Leon Krier    Thus stated one of the more visible and articulate post-post-Modern urban planners of recent times (read “New Urbanist” or “Anti-Suburbanist”).  I have been culturally conditioned to ask, “What does this mean?”    Genre originated … Continue reading

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Pluralism vs. Relativism and Opportunism vs. Sacrifice

“Pluralism marks the moment in history when despair and private obsession replace culture.”             Leon Krier The other day on Facebook (December 16, 2010), Nassem Nicholas Taleb catalyzed a revealing and depressing discussion (as I am confident was his intent … Continue reading

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