Assigning names to personality traits

One of the advantages of machine intelligence over human intelligence is that machines are not driven toward poetry.   To me, poetry captures the scientific appreciation for the simplest explanations with the fewest number of terms.   Humans are innately poets by nature, and even the objectivity of science can not escape the human delight in well-crafted poetry, or human disdain for inelegance in descriptions. 


Learned diversity builds great teams

What matters is the diversity of personal experiences of the individual team members, not the experiences of the broader populations represented by that individual team member. Even if the social-group experiences were relevant, the individual will have access to only a tiny fraction of the experiences we expect him to represent. The genome itself is not a communication channel for sharing intelligence among living humans.

Similar operations of agile teams and machine learning: man imitating machine

Following the lessons from computer neural networks, we should recognize that intelligence in an organizational neural network arises within the network itself. It does not dependent on hierarchical decision makers. Neural-network organizations have no need for individually accountable human decision makers such as managers or officers. Such an outcome is consistent with the goals of evidence-based decision making that ideally obligate decisions based on the evidence alone and not on whim of a designated leader.

Disrupt management by using firing managers instead of hiring managers

Except in Donald Trumps reality TV shows, most managers do not have the luxury of immediately declaring “you’re fired”, and certainly not in that short of a period of time. Again, I trust the instinct is correct and that no amount of coddling will obtain the desired performance. However, we work within an idealistic human resources department that demands a drawn out process that reserves a firing event only for overtly criminal behavior. We are usually stuck with our hiring decisions because our job is to be a hiring manager and a hiring manager’s job is to select the idealized competent candidate for the job opening.

Evaluating our rejection of fixed benefit retirement plans

Up through the mid 20th century, a large portion of employers had an employment model that expected life-long employment commitment from employees.   These companies used fixed benefit retirement programs as an incentive to encourage long term commitment to a company and at the same time defer income expenses to be more competitive in the…

Mount Olympus of business

To show my lack of attention to executive management phenomena the title of this post could have been written 30 years ago.   What provoked me to write now was reading an interview with Dr Toby Cosgrove who is CEO of the Cleveland clinic.   The article is very short and thus not very in depth…