How much you wanna bet that bike wasn’t made in China?
Of course I’ve seen 1 person weigh as much as all 9… that’s CRAZY!
How much you wanna bet that bike wasn’t made in China?
Of course I’ve seen 1 person weigh as much as all 9… that’s CRAZY!
So I’m potty-training my 19 month old daughter. Oh my. There are so many learnings and applications and struggles and wonderful parallels to everything I have ever and never been exposed to with regards to influencing the behavior of another. At minimum, there’s no missing the Human Action Model – unfortunately we’re not a shoe-in for the discomfort leg. I thought for sure “discomfort” would be the only natural option for her when some “human action” was running down her leg. Not the case, so I’ll have to focus on some other behavior modification techniques, but that’s not what led me to post:
You know how it’s cliché to imagine people in their underwear when you’re nervous (because it lowers their status). We’ll if you think about it. Every person used to pee his or her pants. That’s not so novel of a thought, but I realized it has quite the lesson when you see it in the context of experimental discovery.
Let’s tie it to the line in our mental model “Discovery Process and Experimentation Versus Grand Plans” which states that “…a company without some ventures that fail is a company that isn’t taking enough risks.” Most everyone will agree that failures are necessary for success, but how necessary? Simply an unavoidable side effect? Something we put up with to get to the end goal? Perhaps, but I would like to posit that it is process-critical.
While potty-training my daughter, I cannot anticipate every time that she would or should use the toilet instead of her clothes, for if I did, she wouldn’t learn anything but to depend on me for that task. I have to LET her make a mess, teach her why that happened, try (but fail) to explain how she can keep that from happening again, and then wait for her to make another mess. Until it clicks. Which we’re hoping will be soon.
You cannot become house broken until you start wearing pants and stop wearing a diaper. What we’re calling failure here is a critical step in the process. If we celebrate those failures as a path to success, we will learn and grow and profit. (literally… diapers are expensive!)
If I had been the observer of my actions and body language a minute ago, I would have drawn the following conclusion:
“Stay away, I think it stinks in there.”
I had my face turned inside out in disgust. The kind of face people make when they are forced to stay put amidst a roiling silent-but-deadly cloud of flatulence. You know, when you try to cover your nose with whatever part of your face is willing to accept the task. (of course you usually end up just looking weird and flaring your nostrils to inadvertently invite in more of the exact odor particulate that you are trying to avoid.
But my disgust wasn’t smell. I was pouring myself a cup of the free coffee on our floor. This stuff is so nasty, but it does the trick. Ironically the company that could most succinctly describe this transaction is BUCKLEY’S cough syrup. Their technique is: Tastes horrible? Check. Works? Check. I wonder if this is how smokers feel about cigarettes.
The irony comes from the fact that the only time this coffee tasted decent is when I had just tasted Buckley’s. I bet Calvin’s Dad could have told me to expect that.
I just hit my head so hard that I was silent. Not that silence is incredibly difficult for me, but when you hurt yourself and scream, it’s one thing… when you smack your forehead on what I call a “triple corner” and just crouch silently in pain, it’s a different level. I don’t think I’m bleeding,
I saw those stars like in a cartoon. That was kinda cool.
Human action requires: Discomfort with the current state, A vision of a better state, and Belief that actions you take can take you (closer) to the better state.
Some of our mills manage with fear. AKA Command and Control, thinking about this during a class in which I SHOULD have been focusing on vane pass frequency of a Gould’s pump, I wrote down this thought:
When you drive action with a disproportionate emphasis on discomfort and the vision is thus blurry, the understanding of “why” is likely to be missing. This will also leave out an understanding of what drives real value.
If a person is too focused on keeping HIS job, he’s probably not focused on the customer.
The human action model works. Good action or bad action, it works.
Elections seem to force the candidates to manage perceptions of cause & effect at the expense of real value. For the re-elected or hard-line-to-party personnel, it is not about giving the people what they want, it is about convincing the people that what they got or are going to get is what they should want. Those who don’t find the argument convincing are written off as not knowing what’s best for themselves.
So the coffee in our building sucks.
Wait, let me start over, I want to be a glass-is-half-full kind of guy. ( I usually am, but my mug is ALL full right now which means I haven’t imbibed any of it yet.)
So the coffee in our building is free.
Unfortunately, the purchasers of the coffee are keen to the notion that the purpose of this coffee is to keep the employees awake and alert, not for our enjoyment. However, I saw a co-worker making a fresh batch and put her mug right under the stream of stained water in order to avoid the wait. I quickly formed a hypothesis that it might be the carafe that is making the coffee taste bad. Hey, I’ll do anything to justify whatever action I’ve already decided to take. So I clamor off to grab my mug and come to be 2nd in line for this idea. I rescue her from the need to put the pot under the basket by demanding that I go next and that I’ll take care of it. As I forcibly clink her mug to the side to minimize if not eliminate spillage, I get the sense that I’m being watched. I turn around to find the French guy on the floor staring at me with bewildered eyes of judgment. You’d think I just stuck the IV needle right into my arm to take this wonderful drug we call caffeine as efficiently as possible. He requested assurance that I wouldn’t steal the whole brew and I obliged. However, I didn’t realize that I felt so judged until I looked at just how little coffee I allowed myself to obtain. Apparently the cost of being watched weighed against the proposition of coffee not tainted by the pot tipped the scales at a measly 3 ounces or so.
So part of me hopes the coffee stinks. Not so that others don’t enjoy it; I just don’t want to regret leaving with too little liquid-degrumpifier™
In the decision arena of yay or nay, fear and value creation are set to duke it out:
We have true value creation weighing in well north of $1,500 and fear weighing in on a different scale all together. Emotion. And what’s the fear of? of change? of the unknown? of not being in control of everything you see? It doesn’t matter the stage is set.
But, what’s this?!? Before the bell even rings to start the fight, the judges have made a decision….
It's absolutely amazing that the left wing hippie tree-hugger types have a keen understanding that we shouldn't mess with certain parts of nature. I wouldn't have to try very hard to convince a self proclaimed environmentalist that if we take away the need for a wild animal to hunt for food, said wild animal is going to become accustomed to the new tradition, and now have trouble surviving in the wild. A lion properly raised in captivity is forced to hunt (or at minimum chase) his food if the handlers want the lion to have any sense of having to work for what they eat. A lion raised in captivity this way might survive in the wild again, but the odds aren't what they would have been. We still meddled. Survival would be despite our intervention, not because of it.
I guess it's unfair to be surprised that left wingers grasp this concept, what's more amazing is that they want to apply the opposite to humans. They push for a nanny-state and think that a family of 6 living on welfare is just being repressed or something and with the right cocktail-of-handouts they will start contributing to society. Riiight. Who would give up something for nothing? We're basically raising the bottom half of our nation (on the scale of fiscal contribution) to expect handouts and depend upon the top half for their survival. We, as a country, are raising them in captivity and expecting that they'll have enough desire to break out and live in the wild. So much for the discomfort leg of the human action model, unless of course ANY action is acceptable, then we're set because we've Robin-hooded ourselves in order to remove the discomfort of poverty. I'm happy to help the less fortunate, but I'd like it to be on my terms. It's not biblical, but a common phrase: "God helps those who help themselves" Totally not true, but the idea applies. This dude helps those who help themselves.
It was tough to choose my favorite line from this particular post, but that’s why it’s a link. Thanks Tony.
I took this electronics class a couple of weeks ago, but our charter at the end of one day was to make a DC motor from scratch (well, from Kit anyway) and we were split into groups so that no 1 person had to wind the stator AND the rotor AND wire the brushings… Anyhow, the attached picture is unfortunately not from my group, but from the Savannah Posse. Apparently this is an example of what nerds with alcohol choose to accomplish. (It does NOT float in water, btw)
In Bryant’s Right From the Heart the other day, he had this line in there:
“A recent Gallup poll found 72% of Americans believe that Jesus was the Son of God, yet 80% felt each individual should arrive at his or her own beliefs independent of any church. Now those two stats show a huge disconnect between belief and practice, between professing faith and living it. It's called hypocrisy and it's the number one reason people outside the church say they have no interest in Christianity.”
I don’t agree with that conclusion. I think that they are not mutually exclusive. I Believe that Jesus [IS] the Son of God, and I also believe that each individual should arrive at his own belief independent of any church. That does not mean that any conclusion reached by an individual is correct, or a way to God. However, I understand a relationship with Christ to be at a personal level. I did not arrive at my belief dependent upon a church. The church is not integral to my belief system. I think it is integral to the way I grow as a Christian, and corporate worship is very important to me… But the church is not part of my beliefs, but a blessing and method to connect with God on a personal basis and a means for “iron sharpening iron”.
I think the church is, however, a much too integral part of Catholicism. It seems to be between man and God, and not first & foremost a platform for worship. My take is that if an individual does not arrive at the personal understanding of Christ as his/her Savior independent of any church, then those beliefs fail when that church fails to live up to the name of Christ. No church can save us from our sins, no church can vouch for us in God’s holy presence. Only the Son of God.
I’m probably just defending the syntax because of the way I would have answered the question as it was phrased, but my thoughts are still my thoughts.
Yet another AHA moment.
Right or wrong, I’ve decided that given the choice between going through the motions of reading a daily devotion first thing in the morning, or at a time in which I can actually take it to heart, and commit my brain to what’s going on, I’d like the substance to not be lost on me simply because I couldn’t get my brain in gear. The aha moment is not that, it’s about the phrase where Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily.
So we are called to take up our cross daily and follow Him. … “whoever loses his life for [Jesus] will save it.” I have understood for a while now that this means we are to be willing to die for the sake of Christ. When given the choice between living or dying, we don’t forsake God. The meaning of the phrase take up your cross and follow is referencing the tradition of a condemned man carrying his own cross to his execution site. That makes as much sense as Teller handing bank robber the gun he needs to rob the bank.
So I’ve always convinced myself that if I were in the same position as that girl at Columbine who was asked if she believed in Christ, I would say yes. That’s daring, that’s insane, that’s… passive. AHA. That passive readiness is not taking up the cross daily, that’s more like knowing where my cross is and only revealing its location if directly inquired. I am not called to only be ready when asked. I’m called to tell. (here lies the old belief in the “silent witness”) I’m called to take the very implements that may be used to harm me into THE spiritual war zone every day. The same way that Jesus carried his cross and put his arms down willingly, I am to leave my comfort zone and share the gospel.
May God help me, because that sure doesn’t come naturally.