“a continuing exploration of mysteries”

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“The public has a distorted view of science because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries.”Freeman Dyson 1923-2020

@RonEdmondson“One Critical Leadership Error: Assuming what you’re hearing is all that’s being said.”

@curtisogden — “Perhaps too starkly put, but we might consider the difference between “networking” and “network weaving” as the difference between thinking of others for our own sake and thinking of others for their sake or the sake of the larger whole.”

@rhappe“Communities are, at their core, the way people have always come together to learn. They provide the space, relationships, collisions, and trust necessary to create shared meaning, to iterate on emergent ideas, and to norm new patterns and behaviors.”

@IamMarkManson — “The older I get, the more I appreciate what economists refer to as “human capital”—the intangible, emotional assets that we build up in between our ears and then share with others.”

@William_Blake“In 1665, Cambridge University closed because of the plague. Isaac Newton quarantined himself at his childhood home. It was the most productive time of his life. He discovered the calculus & laws of motion. Stuck a bodkin in his eye to study optics. How will you spend the next year?”

Competency Badges: the tail wagging the dog?

One of the main reasons for the difficulty in keeping competency frameworks up to date are the technologies and processes involved in their production. If we consider competency frameworks as competency maps describing a professional territory, the process and technologies used to establish these maps have not changed much since the 1960s. It is a top-down process which sometimes takes months, even years, involving a small number of experts and leads to an abstract representation incapable of accounting for variations between companies operating in the same sector. As Alfred Korzybski said: “the map is not the territory”.

“acquiring various competencies does not necessarily make a manager competent. Contrary to the assumption of most leadership competency frameworks, there is neither a linear, nor even causal, relationship between competencies and job performance.” [Mintzberg]

Escaping Pandora’s Box — Another Novel Coronavirus

We have reached this point because of continuing increases in the human population, crowding, human movement, environmental alteration, and ecosystemic complexity related to human activities and creations. Cartoonist Walt Kelly had it right decades ago: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

@gleonhard“I often get asked what the future holds in regards to China and Europe, so here is a brand-new illustration. USA is all about profit / growth / $$, #europe is all about #humanity, china is all about #bigdata and how the state can use it — vastly generalised of course, more soon!”

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