Archive for August, 2007

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and
they will surprise you
with their ingenuity.
General George S. Patton, Jr.

In the physical world we use levers to multiply our physical strength. In the social world, managers fulfill the same function with respect to organizational effort. Like well placed levers, a manager can enable greater social achievement.

Those managers who attempt to control our every thought and action, minimize their power to leverage our ability. Levers don’t exert effort, they ‘merely’ channel effort towards a single point of action.

Attempting to control the effort of others, serves only to restrict it. Dictating the solution can only stifle creativity. Management by dictate asserts that the manager, and the manager alone has the right, or knows how, to think.

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A perfect method for adding drama to life
is to wait until the deadline looms large.
Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

Between the assigning and the deadline there exists a measurable, finite amount of time. From start to finish each moment is like another when measured by the tick of the clock, but worlds apart when tallied by the beat of our hearts.

The early moments we allow to glide by in leisure, the latter ones escape us as they fly by in haste. We perceive the passage of time, as either slow or blinding according to the time we have remaining.

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I do not pretend to know
what many ignorant men are sure of.
Clarence Darrow

We have to know a lot, to proudly state we don’t know something. There’s no paradox here. When we live in lush green valleys we can see all of our surroundings. It’s not until we painfully ascend the slopes that we see new uncharted horizons.

Acquiring knowledge is as much about discovering new boundaries as it is about getting rid of old ones. Everything we learn opens new vistas of virgin territory. Every lesson learned leads to more questions.

Luckily for us, our increased knowledge comes with an increased ability to cope with our newfound ignorance and uncertainty.

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One should count each day
a separate life.

Yesterday is but a memory, forever beyond our reach. Whatever happened, whether right or wrong, fair or foul, it is the way it is forever. Regrets and what ifs are all for naught. It is. We made it so.

Remember it? Yes! Learn from it? Of course! But it’s done, carved in the diamond hardness of the past. Accept the present. Its arrived. We’re here now.

Tomorrow? An ill focused memory of what hasn’t happened yet. It’s given form only by the actions we’ll make today and all that happened yesterday.

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If you want to build a ship,
don’t drum up the men to gather wood,
divide the work and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When a child sees another on a bike and dreams of themselves there, then the falls of first attempts, fail as obstacles to progress.

Every setback is fuel for the will; the blocking of desire gives strength to it; each second of success confirms our ability to achieve.

To the child with no thought of riding, each fall and scrape is proof positive they cannot learn to ride the wind. Every attempt to be taught merely increases the inevitability of failure.

The miracle of balance is only made possible by desire, and is unattainable by the use of force. A spinning top will brook no touch.

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Good Morning!

Here’s an easier one than last week’s offering.

You’re sitting across from a friend. There are 23 peanuts between the two of you.

You go first, you’re allowed to remove (and eat if you wish) either one, two or three of the peanuts.

Then your friend can do the same thing, she can take 0ne, two or three of the remaining peanuts.

Then it’s your turn again, and so on and so on.

The person who takes the LAST peanut… pays for dinner.

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Well, it’s time to provide an answer, and the reasoning behind it, for the first Jiggler.

Before we do that, some responses to the answers proposed by various readers.

Robert Rishchynski suggested that ‘He is pointing the LASER at the surface of the model.’ — well, that was a given, the question though related to what Lunar feature was he pointing at.

Here’s a promise regarding this and all future Jigglers, I’ll never play cute word games with the puzzle – read it at face value, there will be no tricks.

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