Poser-leaders lack the innovative creativity of founders whose footsteps they follow. It happens about every 50 years: A leader answers the problems of the times, then a poser-successor follows in his footsteps, singing the same song, long after the problems are solved. Fifty years later, new leaders raise up to expel the posers. And so history repeats—with tech companies, civil rights, China, the Church, Democrats, Republicrats, and even in the 2014 elections.
This is not a historical anomaly, but a perfect tempo. Hunger for greatness blinds posers to the demons they empower—demons who don’t know that their tempo exposes itself. · · · →
The Myth of ‘Quality Control’
“Quality control” explains the problems of manufacturing about as accurately as a two year old discussing mom’s dinner menu. The term “quality control” sounds good to bureaucrats and bean coutners, but it insults the skill and craftsmanship of good manufacturing and undermines the people who make a factory’s good stuff.
“Quality craftsmanship” is a much better term. A better factory is filled with better craftsman. Good craftsman constantly improve. Dr. Deming taught something similar.
We should expect “control” to be the myth of managers who don’t create anything.
“Control” is the opposite of “mentoring”. To become skilled, one needs mentoring. · · · →
Stay in Fellowship or in Factions? – mp3
The weekly mantra, “stay in fellowship,” common within Churchianity, surmounts to little more than control of money. Moneychangers just want loyal subscribers called “parishioners”. The Shepherd of Hermes called Church profiteers “Christ mongers”.
If weekly Sunday attendance did fulfill the Biblical mandate for “coming together”, then why has it failed at the other Biblical requirements of “loving one another” and “Christian unity”?
True “fellowship” involves communication with the wider Christian community, and doesn’t limit fellowship to 200 people. The less we know each other, the more we’ll fight like we do. Churchianity doesn’t want Christians “in fellowship”, but “in factions”. · · · →
Rough Marketing is Good Marketing
The best smiles have teeth. An itch needs scratched. Likewise, a good business shouldn’t be too-well polished.
The marketing addict anonymous asks, “How much should we polish, then?” But that’s the wrong question.
Good business shouldn’t be overly polished because it should be focusing on quality at the core. YouTubers and radio hosts get large audiences, especially when they’re difficult to understand. They explain ideas worth learning about. Their audiences learn more and know it.
Polish-obsessed Big Business tries to compete with these rising, talented, new leaders with pretty diagrams that simplify similar ideas. They just don’t get it. · · · →