Sunday, August 7, 2011

Congress should pass a U S History test before being sworn into office

It is very clear that the many current members of the Senate and House of Representatives have no knowledge of United States history. Even a cursory read of history clearly places blame for the Great Depression on the inability of government to create jobs from 1929 - 1933. Further reads clearly link job creation with stability and growth in the mid thirties and place the recession of 1937 at the feet of a Congress looking for austerity in budget.

How about effective immediately every member of Congress and the Executive Branch must pass a United States history test before assuming the duties of their office?

Take it apart and put it back together differently

Seth's post on the leap offers some timeless wisdom that I have often ignored at my peril.

Every now and then, a creative act comes out of nowhere, a giant leap, a new way of thinking apparently woven out of a brand new material.
Most of the the time, though, creativity is the act of reassembling many elements that are already known. That's why domain knowledge is so critical.

It's not enough to be aware of the domain you're working in, you need to understand it. Noticing things and being curious about how they work is the single most common trait I see in creative people. Once you can break the components down, you can put them back together into something brand new.

More times than I can recall I set out to reinvent the proverbial wheel without considering all the elements and there interconnection.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lesser might become Greatest

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
James Joyce

The Lesser Depression is starting to morph into the Greatest Depression. The gridlock in D.C., the selloff in the equity markets worldwide this past week, the continuing train wreck in housing and the human toll of this economic malise.

All of this has implications for your business. You have re-engineered your business model, you have engaged your customers, you provide an unmatched experience and that has gotten you here. What is the next step?