Thoughts on the Nature of Work

I recently discovered Bob Marshall’sThink Different” blog and I highly recommend his insights. His thoughts about the nature of work got me thinking… and they might get you thinking too.

What If #7 – No Work

One of my “giants” is the amazing Richard Buckminster Fuller. As it happens, the “Synergistic” mindset, the third of the four mindsets in the Marshall Model, is named for him and his work in Synergetics.

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist…

The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Read the entire post at: What If #7 – No Work

Building Knowledge that Improves Work AND Home Life

I am a huge fan of Gretchen Rubin. @gretchenrubin I appreciate her deeply researched books and I love how she keeps asking “why” in pursuit of root causes. In her book, “The Happiness Project“, Gretchen takes us through a series of experiments, (she calls them projects), to determine if one can take specific actions to become happier. Having discovered that it is possible to be happier, she narrowed her focus to the home in the next book in this series. The next installment in this area is personal. In, “Better Than Before”, Gretchen talks about habits and how we can improve ourselves and our happiness by understanding and improving the things we do everyday.

If you only read one book this year, make it this one.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

How can we change our habits?  We all have them and they are difficult to change.  This book gives us a framework to better understand our own habit formation and how to finally change them, for good. This is an especially good read for anyone trying to move their IT team toward a climate of openness.

The CIO Leadership Council blog included Gretchen’s book on their “5 Books All Sales People Should Read This Summer 2015.

How Technology is Improving the Environment

This is an outstanding article from Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University, about some of the positive aspects of technology’s impact on our world. Here is a teaser from the article:

“US Geological Survey data through 2010 shows that water use has now declined below the level of 1970, while production of corn, for example, has tripled 

Thanks to Russ Roberts (twitter handle econtalker) at for featuring Jesse Ausubel in the 8-24-2015 podcast titled: Jesse Ausubel on Agriculture, Technology, and the Return of Nature

Link to the original article:

How Technology Liberates the Environment


Despite predictions of runaway ecological destruction, beginning in the 1970s, Americans began to consume less and tread more lightly on the planet. Over the past several decades, through technological innovation, Americans now grow more food on less acres, eat more sources of meat that are less land-intrusive, and used water more efficiently so that water use is lower than in 1970. The result: lands that were once used for farms and logging operations are now returning as forests and grasslands, along with wildlife, such as the return of humpback whales off the shores of New York City (pictured above). As Jesse Ausubel elucidates in a new essay for Breakthrough Journal, as humans depend less on nature for the well-being, the more nature they have returned. Photo Credit: Artie Raslich / Getty Images.

Spring 2015 | Jesse H. Ausubel

Guide to the Perfect Post

I’m big on checklists, since I have seen their power and simplicity. Guy Kawasaki provides a great one here for how to rock social media.

Quality Tools in Daily Life

Bob Hubbard:

A great overview of how various quality tools can improve our personal lives from Nicole Radziwill.

Originally posted on Quality and Innovation:

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This past month, ASQ asked the Influential Voices: “How do you incorporate quality tools into your daily life?” That’s a topic I’ve covered here often, and from many different perspectives:

Another simple way I apply principles from quality management to my day to day life is by structuring my problem-solving plans in terms of DMAIC, DMADV, or Root Cause Analysis. Sometimes, more than one methodology can be useful. How do you choose which methodology to use? Here’s how…

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State What You See

Bob Hubbard:

I am a huge advocate of ‘coaching towards a desired behavior’. This short video from David Marquet gives a great example of why the right words are crucial.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

Weekly Nudge – State What You See

Our perspective defines our reality. Instead of stating what you think is happening, our interpretation…state what you see, the facts.

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How to Talk to Yourself

Bob Hubbard:

The truth changes. “I think I can” learn new ways to improve my personal operating system. Check out David’s latest blog post.

Originally posted on Blog: Intent-Based Leadership:

When talking with others the words we use matter a lot, and they matter when talking to ourselves as well.

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