fractals: March 12 – March 25
What is different work patterns were already repeating all around you?
A leaf looks like a branch which looks like a tree. A stone looks like a rock which looks like a mountain. Small to large, zooming in and out, and infinitely repeating, fractals are a complex geometry of shapes recurring over a wide range of scales. Is it no mistake that the World Wide Web is a repeating pattern of a spider web? Will we someday see, at its largest dimension, the pattern of the universe as that self-similar web? Employ the concept of fractals to uncover our next great social system or business innovation. We are surrounded by undetected, natural iterations, easily recognizable once we are aware of their possibility.
resolve to: recognize patterns
elasticity: February 26 – March 11
What if you worked as circumstances deemed, not as demanded?
Spring high, low or medium. Be agile, flexible and mobile. Elasticity is a different approach to business movement, giving us infinite options. Elasticity lets us choose time and extent and enables us to expand the envelope edges so fully they reach the outer universe. Now elastic, we can stay in space, bounce back down to earth or rebound into orbit. Elasticity gives us the ability to stretch failures into success and contract capricious fantasies into rewarding realities.
resolve to: exercise resilience
While watching the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, two different concepts came to me.
- The quote attributed Albert Einstein:
The definition of insanity – Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Comments often expressed by the NBC Olympics commentators and athletes themselves, to paraphrase:
There is a lot of stuff swirling around the top athletes they need to ignore and block out in order to stay focused on their own performance.
At first, these two ideas appear contrary to each other. Continue reading
disruption: February 12 – February 25
What if you could respond to a work crisis of any type and size?
After each disruptive event, the new state is not automatically predetermined. In the immediate aftermath, there is a deep void of uncertainty. A brief period before the new shape is fully formed and outcomes are up for grabs. From this chasm of confusion and loss, the power of disruption can be acquired. Tap into its residual energy and you can turn fate into positive opportunity and survive misfortune with action. Disruption then becomes an empowered gift.
resolve to: harness energy
Starting the New Year off with a bang, I was responding to a LinkedIn invite and up popped their algorithmic list of possible people I might also know. Perusing the extensive list I saw many people from my old workplace design life and suddenly realized how far away I had traveled from them and it. But the greatest distance between us is a philosophical one.
The point of departure is around what is the best kind of physical work environment. Continue reading
Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields.
by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco
Huffington Post. Posted: 06/20/2013 9:24 am
“In the United States and around the world, there are far more technology-oriented jobs than candidates to fill them. According to the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), jobs in U.S are projected to grow 45 percent between 2008-2018 in computer systems design and related services, a math-intensive field.”
NMSI reports that men over age 25 held 87 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering fields. Only 23 percent of workers in STEM-related jobs are women, yet women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations. The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the lower these numbers become.
Read the full article.