Still Confused in 2010

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.

In this day and age, if you’re not confused, you’re not thinking clearly.” ~ Burt Mannis – via @mariogastaldi

“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to. ~Author Unknown” via @denniscallahan

@vernaalle: “Good luck = accident. Good management = control (yeah right!). Good fortune means working with what is emerging in a way you can succeed.”

“Downsizing is a sign of management’s failure … passing it along to people who tried to execute management’s flawed strategy” ~ Geoffrey James – via @ajaypangarkar

A Self-sufficient Organization: We spend a lot of time developing leaders and then we rely on them to run our organizations.

(1) By creating leaders, we sometimes diminish others.

(2) By creating leaders, we create followers. We focus on developing leaders but not as much on developing followers. But followers need to develop as well.

(3) Followers distance themselves from leaders. This removes a certain level of trust, communications, and performance from followers. Dominant voices and group think destroy team work.

(4) Leadership creates the hunger for power and power can corrupt people. Corrupted people often make the wrong decisions.

Connectivism: “Basically, networks underpin life & human existence” – “Knowledge in any moderately complex task or activity is networked” by @gsiemens

@jhagel: “Are we hard-wired for hierarchy? Bad news for the kumbaya crowd . . . ”

When participants experienced an outcome that could increase their status and have them become superior players, activity increased in circuitry at the top front of the brain that controls the intention to do something, suggesting that rising in a hierarchy makes one more action-oriented.

My comment to @jhagel: “Perhaps we need to follow our passions to be happy & reinforce what we’re good at. Could mean less stress in hierarchies” [Would be interesting to compare people who work in hierarchical relationships and those who don’t.]

Wakeup call for employers: 84% of workers want to quit! by @stevedenning

When 84% of workers are unhappy in their work and can’t find any reasonable alternative, while a sizable slice of the workforce is either unemployed, underemployed or on the cusp of losing their job, the potential for social and political unrest is significant.

The message for employers, employees and politicians is clear: we need to revolutionize the workplace.

UN-OAS: “information regarding human rights violations should not be considered secret or classified – via @oscarberg

December 21, 2010 – In light of ongoing developments related to the release of diplomatic cables by the organization Wikileaks, and the publication of information contained in those cables by mainstream news organizations, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression see fit to recall a number of international legal principles. The rapporteurs call upon States and other relevant actors to keep these principles in mind when responding to the aforementioned developments.

Gandhi’s conviction on sedition … Priceless !!!!” via @kunalkapoor

The only course open to you, the judge, is either to resign your post, and thus dissociate yourself from evil if you feel that the law you are called upon to administer is an evil and that in reality I am innocent, or to inflict upon me the severest penalty if you believe that the system and the law you are assisting to administer are good for the people of this country and that my activity is therefore injurious to the public weal.

*This is my 85th Friday’s Finds, the last for 2010. See you next year.

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