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A crisp definition of roles and relationships sets the foundation for good governance. It helps to keep the roles and respective responsibilities clear even when the staff are the owners (employee-owned company) or the owners are the customers (not-for-profit childcare for example). Thank you Strive! for publishing this in video form.
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I know it's only March but... Looking forward to warmer days.
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RISK has always had a bit of an image problem. It is associated in the popular mind with gamblers, skydivers and, more recently, the overpaid bankers who crippled...
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Engineers appear to be better off than accountants in the future of jobs and susceptibility of job losses to computerization.
IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic...
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Looking at the graph from the station at the top of Norland Dam I'd say it's now clear that the Gull River at Shadow Lake has peaked:
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BACK in the day when Babbage played football (with a round ball, not the pointy sort), the game was an attacking one, with five forwards, three halfbacks, and just...
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Read this today and really like it: "A Prince who will not undergo the Difficulty of Understanding, must undergo the Danger of Trusting." #applyyourself
Sourced[edit]. Our nature hardly allows us to have enough of anything without having too much. On Dr. Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury : as cited in The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors: 1639-1729 , ed. Charles Wells Moulton, H. Malkan (1910) p. 591 ...
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Found this in my old computer from a note on 2012-04-17. It's quite strange to read personal notes on ideas that have long since left your head. It's also good to see if my notes are good enough that I can understand them again! ;)

The last paragraph is relevant to +The Economist article on the automation of design jobs.

I also heard on +CBC Radio One program Day Six that there is a Predictalator that examines creates 50,000 permutations of college football games to provide the probability of each specific match-up. This raw computing power processing big data is the 'threat' to design based jobs. 50,000 design permutations will be crunched and they will each be measured against the probability that the criteria are appropriately met. The designer will simply input the criteria and curate the output.

Went for a run. My reflections yielded this:
Is it not a pressing paradox that a start-up requires broad and deep generalists but a mature company thrives on specialists at the floor level? How to transition? How to transcend?

How can the corporation harness the talents of specialists without 'human middleware' managers?

+Natalie Jeremijenko has me believing that the mature corporation can be shaped by roles defined by broad evolutionary rules – specifically relationship rules between roles – and an operational goal that through definition of goals specific to the role, role mutation, measuring and managing the result of the mutation, and iteration the organization can evolve. Perhaps even behave like a start-up.

The key is in the definition of the proxies for progress and the rules for roles. 

We are designing systems by providing input conditions into known solutions. Soon we will design systems by providing output goals, the design process will create many solutions that will be tested for rigour, through natural selection the designer will be presented a solution optimized to the requested goals.
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Although I can't anticipate when there'd be a critical mass, it's a nice idea to improve the transit experience between T-dot and K-dub. The three 2-hour milkrun Go Trains a day is a start...
For most of us, the idea of a two-hour commute, twice daily, is nuts. But both Rodgers and Samuell have their reasons for taking on that heroic morning haul: They love where they work and they love where they play.
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