We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I believe that I have no talent and no skills at management. I wish I had. We had an after-church brunch last Sunday with pals, and my friend who is a management consultant challenged me to complete the %s on his simple matrix where R/W means Right Thing Done The Wrong Way, W/R means Wrong Thing Done The Right Way, etc.
I filled in the %s with my guesses, and he explained that my hypothetical business took a 70% cost in poor management. He said that my guesses were probably not too far off for many organizations but I might have the categories wrong. He said one reason for it is that, in organizations, most people have little real skin in the game and just hope to keep their paychecks coming but, in general, organizations are inefficient and one can only hope to keep it as low as possible.
I have heard people talk about the "real world" many times in my 64 years. It apparently excludes students, clergy, stay-at-home moms, government employees (which, you may note, would include firefighters, teachers, police, nurses, park rangers, surveyors, librarians...), the military, professional athletes and entertainers, the rich, those on relief, children, the retired...
"it is written, Man shall not live by McDonald's alone" - Matthew 4:4, Orange Catholic Bible.
Vic Morrow's tommy gun
Actually, it is an expensive meal that very few people could justify. But I guess it's still in accordance with the OCB in that it doesn't violate the supreme commandment of "Thou shalt not disfigure the soul." I suppose a meal that expensive also doesn't disfigure the figure, either. One must be proper, even when one is having brunch.
The primary purpose of any organization is to perpetuate itself, regardless of its stated or intended purpose. The Ford Motor Company's primary purpose isn't making cars, making cars is just the way they make money and their purpose in making money is so that the Ford Motor Company continues to exist as a source of paychecks. Making good cars - cars people want to buy at a profitable price for Ford - is merely a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. If Ford could make more money for more people by manufacturing toaster ovens or producing music videos or sponsoring synchronized swimming teams, they'd be doing that in a heartbeat.
"Skin In The Game" is a repeated mantra in Taleb's Antifragile
Assistant Village Idiot
This why I operated my small businesses as dictatorships. (Although to not listen to my managers and line people would have been stupid.) Give me an occasional SWOT analysis and a large helping of gut feelings--management is a rush!
I just finished "Abundance," very interesting in general, but one idea the author pushes beyond all others is the advantage of incentive prizes for technological advances. People are such that they'll invest far more than the face amount of a prize to win it. The author apparently originated the X Prize for non-governmental space flight. He believes all kinds of abundance is around the corner as a result of the exponential growth of cool ideas that will do things like make simple medical diagnostics so cheap even the poorest billion people on Earth can easily afford them. Pure water, too, and energy.