A counterproductive pattern of success

on August 3, 2013 in Blog, Freedom

Is everyone familiar with this pattern? It doesn’t always happen, but a lot. If you want to make money, it helps to interact with other people who make money and join their community. But then when you end up making money, you have to keep interacting with them, maintaining your role in the community, which forces you to spend money. The cost of living that lifestyle eerily takes about as[…] Keep reading →

Today’s Harvard student versus 176 years ago

on July 30, 2013 in Blog, Entrepreneurship, Nature

Let’s look at two former Harvard students from now and nearly two centuries ago. 176 years ago Henry Thoreau finished Harvard in 1837, one of its best-known students of his age. Let’s look at him before looking at this generation’s most prominent Harvard student. Thoreau wrote Walden, his treatise on living simply, escaping petty human affairs and gossip, appreciating nature, self-reliance, and such. He lived for two years mostly on[…] Keep reading →

What kind of leadership is this: Obama fighting for less accountability and more centralized power

on July 19, 2013 in Blog, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Leadership and politics overlap. I generally try not to take political positions on this blog to make it accessible to more people, but the push to increase surveillance and erode protections like habeas corpus seem enough like ineffective leadership that I feel compelled to cover them. In response to this article stating that Congress granted the president the authority to arrest and hold individuals accused of terrorism without due process[…] Keep reading →

Restore the Fourth

on July 4, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership

Independence Day is one of the holidays I like to take time to think about its meaning. Today I’m thinking about the U.S. Bill of Rights, as timely today as ever. Why are they as important today as ever? They limit the power of government. It seems unchecked governments tend to try to seize more power. That doesn’t mean they’re bad or the people in them are bad. Just that[…] Keep reading →

Morality and the development of language

on July 2, 2013 in Awareness, Blog, Freedom, Leadership, Nature

I write a lot here about how counterproductive judging others or imposing your values on them is for leadership or influencing them. (Here are five posts on it, for example: Instead of calling something right, wrong, good, or bad, consider the consequences of your actions, What is morality?, On the counterproductivity of motivating people with guilt and blame — aka moralizing, Talking about “truth” or “reality” always confuses things, How[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and United States’ spying

on June 26, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership, NorthKorea

I’d like to look at some headlines from a leadership perspective. I don’t intend for today’s post to be political. Governments have needed secrecy and spying since before Sun Tzu’s The Art of War over two thousand years ago. People will also oppose governments that overreach their influence into their lives. Different people oppose different levels of intrusion so that the more a government intrudes the more people will oppose[…] Keep reading →

Google, strategy, and what your strategy says about you

on June 24, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership

I’ve read a few articles recently how people are using search engines that track you less than Google in light of the spying. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for a while since I find Google so spooky. Nobody is challenging in Google’s dominance, but competition is increasing. Its search results aren’t as good as Google’s, but I prefer it, as I’ll explain. Nearly every successful company has a strategy or it[…] Keep reading →

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