Instinct vs Reason

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.

 ~ Theodore Dreiser

The Zen Mind

The Pursuit of Profit

My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. The products, not the profits, were the motivation. [John] Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. It’s a subtle difference, but it ends up meaning everything.

Dressing for Success

Dressing for success today means something different from what it used to. No longer does “working” mean showing up at a corporate office Monday through Friday, with the objective of blending into a sea of suits. Today, our work environments encourage us to express our individual point of view.

    ~ Guide to Men’s Everyday Dressing, Nordstrom

 

Social Media

In the end, it isn’t who you really are. It’s the hilarious, adorable, fascinating, intelligent, so-worth-Friending version of you. Social media isn’t about having a conversation with people you know. It’s about advertising yourself. It’s not social; it’s media.

…the best evidence: marketers love it. Every business from taco trucks to GE is hoping to use social media to put a personal face on its brand.

   ~ Wired Magazine, Facebook: Personal Branding Made Easy, by Erin Biba

 

Rules of Technology

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.  The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

   ~ Bill Gates

 

Plastic Flowers

Don’t be afraid to show your flaws.  Imperfections are real and people respond to real.  It’s why we like real flowers that wilt, not perfect plastic ones that never change.

Devotion

We make a fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always a fine bourbon.