Sho-shin: rediscover beginner’s mind

Given that most self improvement stuff is pompous bollocks, here’s some that isn’t (link at the bottom)

It’s mainly really readable and about as cliché-free as this stuff gets, apart from the bloody bamboo photo.
I would add, because my ego wants me to, that if you are really good at your job (which you are, obviously) then you need this all the more.

If you have the choice of attending a meeting and either:

  •  knowing stuff that would be useful, or
  • not knowing stuff that would be useful

 to the people at the meeting, I would go with the not-knowing one.

#shotmyselfinfoot

http://jamesclear.com/shoshin

___________ afterthought______

On the other hand, if you actually are a beginner, you need to work hard to get out of beginners mind as soon as you can, otherwise you’ll be really good at not actually doing anything.

Grisly truth about a system

 

“When I tried to sort this out by phone I was passed between offices, each denying it was its responsibility. Hours of hold music, occasionally being cut off – until eventually I was told there had been a computer error and I should visit my local Jobcentre Plus with evidence of my brother’s status.

“When I got there, I was told I needed to go to a different branch because of my postcode. When I pleaded with the staff member simply to stamp my letter rather than send me to the other office to get it stamped there, I was told: “If I do it for you I have to do it for everyone.”

“I looked around the empty office and said that there was no one else, but she refused. I repeated – calmly I might add – that this was for my brother, who was severely disabled. But then a security guard came over and shouted at me to remain behind the line. I asked: “What line?” – there was no line. He shouted that I wasn’t allowed to pass the edge of the desk that separated the staff member from me.

“If this had not been for my brother, at this point I would have been in tears. As I looked around, I thought how my university degrees, my 20 years working as a professional and my supposedly good people skills were all completely useless here. I felt humiliated. I wondered how this experience would make people feel who have to come to Jobcentre Plus and are vulnerable and in need: motivated, or to want to just give up?”

Read the full thing here:

https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/15/ken-loach-tells-the-grisly-truth-about-benefits

Read, and weep.

This is people behaving like machines. It may well be cheaper, especially given government’s track record with IT, to train humans to act like machines than to train machines to act human.

Nailing the managerialist lie: management is not generic

“In the 1960s, an interesting series of experiments was done on air-traffic controllers’ mental capacities. Researchers wanted to explore if they had a general enhanced ability to ‘keep track of a number of things at once’ and whether that skill could be applied to other situations. After observing them at their work, researchers gave the air-traffic controllers a set of generic memory-based tasks with shapes and colours. The extraordinary thing was that, when tested on these skills outside their own area of expertise, the air-traffic controllers did no better than anyone else. Their remarkably sophisticated cognitive abilities did not translate beyond their professional area.” 

 

 Alistair Crowley’s Organisational Pentacle

The notion that there are general thinking skills is closely allied to the managerialist notion of the the generic manager, moving effortlessly from managing a supermarket to managing an opera house or a hospital. From Barclays to the BBC.

I have an equation I like to share at this point:

P+A ≠ M+T

That is to say that the model of professionals supported by administrators is not replaceable by the model of managers directing technicians.

When was the last time you heard the term ‘managerial judgement’?

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-schools-should-not-teach-general-critical-thinking-skills

Latte pappas. You mean mothering isn’t genetic?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AeonMagazineEssays/~3/O7mkfDJn5Dk/swedens-hands-on-dads-and-the-hormones-of-fatherhood

My tutor on the Advanced Training Manager ITD now IPD whatever qualification also taught adult basic skills and personal development-type stuff.

The concept of Andragogy was a thing back then: the teaching methodologies for adults. We must have been having a discussion about gender differences. Women were supposed to be more holistic and integrated, they found it difficult to learn abstract information without relating it to their own lives. She didn’t agree, and neither did i, which is why I say: tell that to the ‘Coloured Computers’ who did the abstract calculations that made the Moon Landings possible (Hidden Figures,  the movie out next month: https://youtu.be/RK8xHq6dfAo )

She reported that the single parent fathers displayed the same holistic approach to learning that the single parent mother’s did.

 Booyah.
Dads. Hormones. Strange. Human.

Computer says no? It’s not me! Wrong! Godin says: don’t blame the algorithm nor the company policy…

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/01/but-where-did-the-algorithm-come-from.html

I should say more but not just now, maybe later. Go read it.

The Next You: Being Authentic the Miles and Prince and Bowie Way

Prince & Bowie | What Authentic Actually Is

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/prince-bowie-what-authentic-actually-dr-richard-claydon

Excellent, succinct summary of their authenticity. I’ll add Miles Davis to the list, obviously.

Claydon also includes a list of top tips for bring the next Bowie. I jest. He includes a list of top tips for bring authentic. His list is no worse than many and much more (forgive me) “operationalisable” then most.