Dream on…

Dream on …Dream on 03.08.2019

Its been a week of mixed discoveries , again.

Progress on trying to find what foods cause the incessant cramping has not yielded anything revolutionary ( yet). I have been led to believe it’s everything ! Yes , even water causes the dreaded hugs so it must just be “one of those things” . I wish they had given me the MS Handbook in the beginning but then again …there isn’t one.

Despite the cooler weather I am finding that movement is not really improving which is a concern – it may just be that I have dropped a further level while I wasn’t watching. The 150m dash is now broken up into 10m bursts …just kidding it’s not a burst , more of a stumble.

The positive spin is that I have more time to read and ponder and listen to good music. On the pondering side I came across several good anecdotes on driving targets. This was especially valid for me as I always worry I am pursuing unrealistic targets. Although I am my own supervisor/employer I imagine many people feel they are being handed unattainable challenges …this made me ponder a little. Personally I like challenge (thank you, I have enough !) but some people may not. Either way it makes for an interesting reflection

The article is an HBR print ( I’ve included as a pdf). This reminds me of a series I recently watched called MindHunter, it recollects the beginnings of the FBI Behavioural Science Unit that profiles serial killers and the like . One of the little anecdotes is the comparison of CEO’s and Psychopaths , I was curious if there was any data behind that – turns out there is !

The study of 261 senior professionals in the United States found that 21 per cent had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits. The rate of psychopathy in the general population is about one in a hundred.

“Typically psychopaths create a lot of chaos and generally tend to play people off against each other,” he said.

That’s a little too frightening – I wonder if any research has been done into politicians…

Following on from this I wonder if the consequence of this behaviour leads to my absolute worst philosophy that anyone can adopt “ Don’t think just do “, I heard it often enough in the military but it still irks me to this day.

With that comes the inevitable avoiding making a decision or applying initiative attitude. Equally disastrous.

This is captured somewhat aptly in the following Seth anecdote…

Rules and responsibility

“Use your best judgment.”

Bureaucracies have a very hard time saying this to their staff.

They create an endless series of scripts and rules, procedures that force people to not care. “I’m just doing my job,” which is the precise opposite of, “I see the problem and I’m going to fix it.”

As any organization hits a sufficient size, it will increase rules in order to decrease responsibility. Because they’ve gotten big enough that they no longer trust the people who work for them.

Is that a job you want?

Is that a company you want to hire?

Well once again its going to be a GO MAX weekend, enjoy all

( And the music choice this Saturday…https://www.mixcloud.com/Frantricky/80ies-classics-vol-i/)

Published by Daniel Taylor

MS Warrior with an affinity for 80's New Wave music and deep philosophical ramblings...and coffee , definitely coffee

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