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Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

January 1, 2019

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We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or the authority to influence. Blame is ultimately an abdication of responsibility. The kind of person […]

Grow by the collective. Govern like a company.

March 18, 2018

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Another paradox of expansion and growth, illuminated by this quote by Kevin Kelly, The dream of many companies is to graduate from making products to creating a platform. But when they do succeed (like Facebook), they are often not ready for the required transformation in their role; they have to act more like governments than […]

Most problems are actually solutions to other problems. Therefore, don’t deal with problems, deal with finding better solutions.

March 31, 2017

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Consider the problem of procrastination. Procrastination is not the problem. Procrastination is the solution to a bigger problem, be that fear of accomplishment, or the absence of discipline. Consider the problem of arguing with a loved one. Arguing is not the problem. Arguing is the solution to the problem of a failure to communicate, or of deep pain […]

Stress is experienced when demands exceed resources.

February 3, 2017

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Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” In less formal terms, we feel stressed when we feel that “things are out of control”. A healthy response to stress, then, is to focus on decreasing demands, or increasing […]