The problem is that deluded managers expect unreasonable returns from their investment. They think you can get the best from people by thinking the worst of them. It just doesn’t work like that. You can’t crack the whip with one hand and expect a firm handshake with the other.
Things I've Tagged ‘Wisdom’
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If you watch little kids, they are intensely curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out. Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you that you have to read these particular books and answer these particular questions. And if you try to do something else instead, you’ll get in trouble. Very few people’s curiosity can survive that.
My ongoing diatribe against our current system of public education happens to coincide nicely with this quote. While Mr. Swartz has suffered a rather ignominious fate at the hands of the justice system (and ultimately by his own hands), I am discovering more and more about the intelligence of the man, and I am a little more than saddened by his loss.
In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
A recent comprehensive survey of state licensing practices by the Institute for Justice reveals little consistency or coherent purpose behind most licensing. Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, and the District of Columbia, for example, all require aspiring interior designers to undergo 2,190 hours of training and apprenticeship and pass an exam before practicing. In the other 47 states, meanwhile, there’s no legal training requirement. My friends and co-workers living in D.C.’s Virginia and Maryland suburbs appear to get on fine with unlicensed interior decorators, and all across America, amateurs have decorated their own homes without imperiling public safety.
This is part of the reason why I feel government intrusion can be detrimental to our interests. There’s such a fine balance to be struck here, because it seems much of this licensing is set up to either protect entrenched interests at the expense of entrepreneurs, and simultaneously protect practitioners from frivolous lawsuits, while giving the impression to consumers that it’s about their protection. In some cases yes, but in most cases–as shown above–perhaps not.
[The notion that “everyone should learn programming”] assumes that coding is the goal. Software developers tend to be software addicts who think their job is to write code. But it’s not. Their job is to solve problems. Don’t celebrate the creation of code, celebrate the creation of solutions. We have way too many coders addicted to doing just one more line of code already.
I can get behind this sentiment in a big way. Programming really isn’t for everyone–I know how to code, but I wouldn’t say that I “know” how to code well–and it requires a lot of time and dedication to learn how to write it efficiently. Plus anyone can learn the syntax–that part is easy–but it isn’t particularly useful unless you understand how to use it.
Like all tools, programming is useful in some contexts, but sometimes you don’t a hand planer. Sometimes, you need to know when you shouldn’t build furniture.
Conversely, brainstorming sessions are one of the worst possible ways to stimulate creativity.
College is a socially expected consumption good, but still, what we’re seeing now is the real reason exposed when all the secondary reasons (Earn a paycheck! Join the world of 9-5 office work!) have evaporated. Most people go to college for personal fulfillment — to achieve all kinds of ends way high up on Maslow’s hierarchy. The rest is secondary.
If you can achieve those ends via cheap, subsidized public loans, then that’s just all kinds of win for you. And if you can get the public to write off those loans — because hey, we’re sticking it to the 1%! — well, Jesus Christ. Maybe you did learn something in college after all.
For the longest time I’ve taken issue with college as a means to a career/job. This mindset–that everyone must attend–has driven up costs, and put universities in the position of competing for students by providing needlessly extravagant services and facilities. Thus, driving up costs…ad infinitum.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.