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Michael Baker

Michael Baker

Operations Manager at US Army
  • I sincerely hope GE can reinvent themselves for a modern world. Wharton recently posted an article about the tradition legacy mentality at GE; alongside a great model for developing a contemporary organizational mindset aimed at surviving, thriving, and building a modern organizational legacy.

    http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-to-create-a-modern-legacy-company

    I sincerely hope GE can reinvent themselves for a modern world. Wharton recently posted an article about the tradition legacy mentality at GE; alongside a great model for developing a contemporary organizational mindset aimed at surviving, thriving, and building a modern organizational legacy.

    http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-to-create-a-modern-legacy-company/

    The world is like the moving sidewalks in an airport. There are those that get on and stand still, just keeping up with the world: they'll probably be ok, at least for a while. There are those who get on and walk forward: the innovators. Then, there are those who don't get on the walkway at all, sure they could keep up or even advance, but just as likely, they're falling behind or heading in the wrong direction

  • Now, I’m not promoting the proliferation of false information, nor would I advocate for platforms that intentionally facilitate the proliferation of false information. However, there are just a lot of “theories” out there and a lot of false information. It brings to mind the words of some very smart

    Now, I’m not promoting the proliferation of false information, nor would I advocate for platforms that intentionally facilitate the proliferation of false information. However, there are just a lot of “theories” out there and a lot of false information. It brings to mind the words of some very smart people.

    John Maxwell said, “A smart person believes only half of what he hears, but a really smart person knows which half to believe.”

    While John Stuart Mill argued, “Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being "pushed to an extreme;" not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case. Strange that they should imagine that they are not assuming infallibility, when they acknowledge that there should be free discussion on all subjects which can possibly be doubtful, but think that some particular principle or doctrine should be forbidden to be questioned because it is so certain, that is, because they are certain that it is certain. To call any proposition certain, while there is any one who would deny its certainty if permitted, but who is not permitted, is to assume that we ourselves, and those who agree with us, are the judges of certainty, and judges without hearing the other side.”

    In short, silencing the outliers is a Pandora’s box that opens the door to silencing any dissenting voices. We should be careful there and certainly should not be looking to FaceBook as our filter. We should be teaching information literacy and how to unspin the spun media messages.

    Disclaimer: I’ve been to Germany and I’ve seen the camps. The Holocaust is definitely a real and horrific part of human history.