Most of the time when you hear Alfred Korzybski classic saying you do not hear the full version. Almost all of the time you get the abbreviation.
You can have a look at the design, decide that it is very clever and be stunned by Ford’s victory on the PR front. Congratulations Ford! You have understood, that the best way to get good publicity is to solve a problem which is not directly part of your core competences.
We live in a highly complex world. The things we create get also more complex each day. Sometimes we have to simplify our creations. But is there a degree of simplicity which is too much?
Maybe a little quote from Einstein could help with the thinking.
No really! That is no trick question. I visited the botanical garden today and it was hot. Not hot as in hot but hot as hot as in hell. So stand in the middle of all the plants and start to question myself: How much water does a bee hive need? Do bees actually need water? Continue reading
There are a lot of pixels on that lovely Sony Nex-7. So many I could crop in the picture.
The Nex-7 has 24.3 MPixel on the sensor. The base file was 6000×4000 (24MP) and the final picture was a square crop 2580×2580 (6.7MP). That’s about 28% still left. Continue reading
Most people know Sun Tsu (or Sunzi, Sun Tse,…) for his treatise The art of war. Don’t worry. This is not some article on war and tactics. We are going to rip a thought out of Sun‘s book and use it for good in daily life.
By discovering the enemy’s dispositions and remaining invisible ourselves, we can keep our forces concentrated, while the enemy’s must be divided.
One of the principles underlying this paragraph is that you cannot fight something you do not perceive. Sun Tsu says:
Make it visible!
You cannot fight an invisible enemy. Who is the enemy? Maybe the question should be What. Think of it not only in terms of business – think of changing habits, managing projects,…
- Define things
Especially when working in a team. It is important to speak and think of the same things. Otherwise there will be ill communication.
- Write things down
You will forget things you do not write down. If you do not forget them they will occupy your memory. If you have to concentrate to remember you will not realize the important things.
- Make a plan
Once you layout the facts you know what, when and where. Guess what: If you have a map of the solar system it is easy to find a hidden planet.
- Stay reasonable
You do not need a map of the universe if you want to plan a trip to New York.
Especially when changing habits, you will have to stick to point 4. Based on field reports and studies from some clever scientists it takes at least 30 days to change a habit with a lasting effect.
Just in case, you wonder who this Sun Tsu guy is and what The art of war is all about, then start here:
If you really want to read the book I really suggest this one: Sunzi Speaks: The Art of War