move-posts

  • The Compression Institute

    April 12, 2011 An advisory group of Compression Thinkers met this past weekend in Chicago. They formally decided to form a Compression Institute and form beta versions of local learning groups in several cities. A beta group is already underway in Indianapolis. It’s time to move Compression from interesting concepts to pragmatic patterns of thinking […]

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  • Hormesis and Non-Linearity

    April 12, 2011 Hormesis is an example of non-linear thinking clashing with linear. Hormesis, in general, is that the effects of a substance at high and low concentrations may be very different. Vitamins like A, C, and D and several metallic elements are well known examples. Essential to life in minute concentrations, they are fatal […]

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  • Preparing for Black Swans

    March 29, 2011 The Sendai (or Tohoku) earthquake has been called a “Black Swan,” a totally unforeseeable event. Can organizations prepare for black swans, or that idea totally illogical hokum? An example of a pure black swan event was discovery of archaea, the third form of life other than flora and fauna. Before seeing it, […]

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  • Systemic Bias

    March 29, 2011 Systemic bias is an inseparable part of organizational culture, the common pattern of thinking that goes with it, and the premises by which all human systems function. Therefore each of us has a systemic bias. However, we may be unaware of its unstated assumptions. Without sensing these and learning to question them, […]

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  • Beyond Mythology

    March 9, 2011 My own path toward Compression Thinking began almost 50 years ago, asking dumb questions in Economics 101. Economists seemed to build complex models on overly simplistic assumptions, for instance that all of us are motivated by self-interest – but I knew plenty of people that weren’t. Economists assumed perfect competition. However, most […]

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  • To Compress Resource Use, Expand Responsibility

    February 24, 2011 Of necessity, infants unable to put food in their own mouths are totally me-centered, able only to squall for attention. Transformation into socially responsible adults begins with parental responsibility. More and more people nudge us along in due course. But the key to our development is our own attitude. Do we continue […]

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  • Phosphorus in our Future?

    February 24, 2011 Phosphorus is an element essential to biology. Although a miniscule amount does the trick, nothing grows without it, so it has no substitute. The global market price of phosphate rock spiked at $430 per metric ton three years ago, and is now about $200 on its way back up.  About 90% of […]

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  • Compressing Our Learning Time

    February 9, 2011 Of all the things that need compressing, the most urgent is the time wasted connecting the dots of global “issues” with decisions that working organizations need to make today. We need to get on with them. Compression Thinkers have to be alert spotting items and seeing connections beyond markets. For instance, these […]

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  • Taking Half of America’s Trucks Off the Road

    February 9, 2011 Scott Brinks’ has a systems view of logistics after 30+ years’ experience in all phases of it, including at the C-level doing turnarounds. He’s moved all kinds of loads, thinks lean, postponement, reverse logistics, milk runs … He has an idea: We could eliminate half the trucks now plying American roads without […]

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  • Down and Dirty

    January 27, 2011 Soil, teeming with microbes and mystery, like sex, still works about as it did millennia ago. When managing soil, technology gives us more options, but not wisdom. If we use it only to prop up soil until it wears out, we’re foolish. Depleted industrial farm soil must be revitalized to grow a […]

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  • Making Time to Think

    January 27, 2011 Making Time to Think Many of us work in a whir – no time to ask why; no time to explore any future consequences far removed. We do what is immediately necessary, like that line in the Charge of the Light Brigade, “Ours is not to question why; ours is but to […]

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