• “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Thought is Power

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 31, 2015
    Speaking of points… There is a place to begin, and it is with a question of faith and power. What faith do you have in your own powers? If your faith is weak, then you’ve surely missed the point, so far. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. But, it is also true! What power does a thought have? A single thought, mind you. If we meet, and if I tell you I’ve been thinking about you, what is the significance of this? But let’s grow more stringent. What if we don’t...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Thought is Power

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 31, 2015
    Speaking of points… There is a place to begin, and it is with a question of faith and power. What faith do you have in your own powers? If your faith is weak, then you’ve surely missed the point, so far. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. But, it is also true! What power does a thought have? A single thought, mind you. If we meet, and if I tell you I’ve been thinking about you, what is the significance of this? But let’s grow more stringent. What if we don’t...
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  • My Favorite Classic Instructional Video Ever

    by Nico Scopelliti | Jul 29, 2015
    The video below is one step removed from the subjects of logistics, supply chain, or transportation, but anyone who appreciates one will appreciate the other. And it happens to be my favorite old-time instructional video of all time. Around the Corner, presented in 1937 by Chevrolet and produced by the Jam Handy Organization, is a work of genius. It explains the working of the differential gear, and I don't know which exhibits more ingenuity and sheer brilliance — the differential itself...
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  • Balancing Process with Delay — Systems Archetype 1

    by David Schneider | Jul 28, 2015
    The most basic of the archetypes, the Balancing Process with Delay shows up everywhere. Let’s look at an everyday example: Thermostat: It is summertime. It is hot outside. You come in and it is hot in the house. Looking at the thermostat, you see that the air conditioner is set to 80 degrees and the thermometer reads 80. You remember that in an effort to save a little money on the electric bill, you have been setting the desired temperature up to 80 when you leave for work in the morning....
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  • Archetypes of Systems, Introduction

    by David Schneider | Jul 27, 2015
    Introduction We live in a world of millions of variables, billions of people, and trillions of possibilities. Yet despite all these variables, people, and possibilities, we can reduce the number of symptomatic descriptions into ten basic models, or archetypes. Yes, ten basic systems models. While a system contains different variables, products, people, languages and many other factors, those differences are not important to the definition of the underlying...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – The Geometry

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Jul 24, 2015
    It took me many years to discover one of the most important rights of my professional life, the right to be wrong. I must claim that right here, over what I’m about to present. The points I’m about to make may be completely wrong. I sincerely mean this. What’s more, if they are found to be wrong, no one will be happier than me. The point is that the search for truth, for method, for practical application, for profit, these searches indicate that we don’t get to rest very...
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  • Ageism — the New Stupidity

    by David Schneider | Jul 23, 2015
    Betsy Post had a great run. As a young woman, she worked in the early days of computer science. Even after becoming a mother and a wife, she became a sought-after database architect and systems designer. Betsy got to sculpt the systems that ran companies. In the early 2000s things started to change. Betsy was over 60. She had kept herself up to date as the technology she worked with had advanced. The programming languages changed, and databases changed from files to tables to relational tables...
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  • Going Back to Work – Overcoming Sexism

    by David Schneider | Jul 22, 2015
    In a conversation I had with Betsy Post in the late 1990s, Betsy said the women’s liberation movement "sold a load of crap” to young women in the 1980s and 1990s. She said that, as a young mother, she knew that she could not “have it all” by having a career and children, with or without a husband. The notion that a single mother could be a successful and have a successful career was “a fantasy” because the sum of the demands of both jobs was greater than the...
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