My father worked for IBM for a number of years. Then he built a computer service business in Anchorage and was successful with it, using the management lessons he gained while at IBM. To sit down and try to talk to him about decentralization, new media, and where things could be headed doesn’t get anywhere. It’s trying to reconcile all these new theories with the old orthodox thinking of management. People get older and they stick to their doctrines, and I think that’s fine – what they’ve seen work, worked for them.
I like reading about the new stuff, it sounds exciting and I want to understand it and keep track of the conversation. Nassim Taleb likes to warn us, though, and tells us to keep on our toes by looking for the empirical evidence. I don’t know if much can be produced at this point, and I realize Umair Haque just likes to think and theorize and write, but I am beginning to get tired of anecdotes and simplifications like evil and DNA. Everytime I read DNA now my reaction is the same as if I threw my right heel down on top of my big left toe.
Things are changing, I can dig that. But a comment on an Umair Haque post that calls him only another weatherman, or a Marc Cuban post reminding us that it’s all been said before are sobering. The times may change, but I think the feelings stay the same. Our fathers were just as eager and keen on the emerging trends as we are. I think we’d do well to keep this in mind.