The Business of Information

…the technologies are only the tools and methods I must be familiar with in order to stay current with the business practice of information creation, management, and presentation.

During a discussion about technology evolution in American business, a subscriber on GaryNorth.com solicited my opinion regarding getting into online authoring using WordPress. Although I regard WordPress as a state-of-the-art content management system that most everyone should be familiar, I put the issue into a broader context:

“I have heard, Mr. Hobbes, that you do a lot of online work and that you do a lot with WordPress. This is probably where I should be going. Industrial controls are becoming more “intelligent” and offshoring is becoming a problem for us.” (Sic)

From https://www.garynorth.com/members/forum/openthread.cfm?forum=21&ThreadID=281000#281279  (Website subscription required.)
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The Old Man and the C(+(+))(*)

Believe me when I tell you that when blood and mud mix in the corporate world, just like that other context, it’ll be the people who are ready, willing, and able to “step up” that will lead the followers “out of the sh*t” and into prosperity.

During a discussion about technology evolution in American business, a subscriber on GaryNorth.com made a statement in passing. The subscriber is a professional software developer by trade:

“Corporate America does not love old people. Their loss.”

From https://www.garynorth.com/members/forum/openthread.cfm?forum=21&ThreadID=281000#281279   (Website subscription required.)

It would appear that this viewpoint is prevalent within the rank and file of American industry. But is it valid? Or to be more accurate, to what extent is it valid?

In response to the subscriber, I offered the following opinion…

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Skill Development At Its Foundation

Discipline as well as its parent, respect, cannot be taught. They can only be learned.

April 22, 2020

A subscriber on GaryNorth.com queried for potential solutions to an immediate skill development problem for his young-adult son:

My unmarried sister has gifted my 17 year old son $1500 in a Schwab account of which I am custodian. I’d like this to be a learning experience for him but I’m in the dark as to how to proceed. My son has inherited from me a lack of self-discipline in financial matters as well as propensity for poor judgements regarding the future. He understands that he is not to touch the money for 5 years, so there’s a little time to work with. I’m not so much concerned with great returns as maximizing the growth of his character & life skills. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Prototyping As A Method

Between a rock and a hard place? Not at all.

April 22, 2020

Reference https://www.garynorth.com/members/forum/openthread.cfm?forum=25&ThreadID=280152#280152 (Website subscription required.)

A subscriber to GaryNorth.com recently posted information about technical opinions regarding the current COVID-19 virus, originally published as a slide presentation about the COVID-19 virus event, by Alliance Bernstein, a global asset management firm in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Defense In Depth: Capability In CoVID-19 Context

The hallmark of an immediate action fight is a situation seemingly disconnected, reactive, chaotic, exceedingly noisy, casualties are accumulating, and [normal] operational capability is rapidly expended. It’s obvious a fight is in progress.

April 17, 2020

One of the concepts one learns in the military that is applicable to any business, including the business of oneself, is the concept of “defense in depth,” which although typically used to mean fighting a defensive battle within geographical space using multiple defensive positions, in the upshot actually refers to “time AND space” AND fluidity of action as an expression of capability. It is the expression of capability in time and space that allows one to overcome adversity. As a concept, the expression of capability is applicable to manifold contexts of varying scopes.

To wit…

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The Opportunity of Change

Because management is the accomplishment of predetermined objectives through others, new managers must look to those within the organization to implement changes to accomplish those objectives.

When a new manager comes into a firm, one thing is for certain: the new manager has been brought in to solve one or more major problems. At minimum, this will be the problem of maintaining momentum; but, more probable, the new manager is there to significantly improve performance well beyond current levels and obtain improved results.

The normal response of the typical employee in this situation is to wait and see what the new manager does, and what follows. This wait and see behavior is typical of a spectator, who can only react to the actions of the new manager.

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Ghosts And Scars

The ghosts of his past pursued him down through the decades of his life. In truth, they were always just behind him, pursuing him, from before the great adventure, which for a time only served to obscure their presence.

Originally posted January 9, 2017.

Dedicated to “Chris.”

The good news is that the pain will come to an end.

The Test

February 28, 2014, came and went without fanfare nor incident.

There’s nothing special about that date…except that it marks the 41st anniversary of the passing of a farm boyfrom Cottam, Ontario.

He was not special nor exceptional; just another man struggling occasionally to make his way through life, rarely thinking of the end; just getting today done; whatever it took; as dictated by his heritage.  And, occasionally, a struggle it was, being orphaned beforehis teens, living with the extended family or in the orphanage, later onworking the farms in lower Ontario.  Then, came the great adventure,wherein he and his peers lined up before dawn at the local army recruitingstation the day after the Wehrmacht invaded Poland.

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