Monday, August 09, 2010

Learning or Earning, coda

An old friend of mine (I've known Lee for over thirty years) wrote me about the arrival of The Bean but also commented on Learning or Earning, Redux. He summarized it ever-so-neatly thus:

When people start only learning skills related to surviving in their company its bound to lead to a lack of innovation

And yes, this is precisely it. You might think of progress and invention in a company as a chemical reaction, with corporate inertia represented as activation energy. There's a point beyond which exciting reactions that might take place in a smaller organization are no longer possible in the larger one. The cost of survival itself in the organization becomes an inhibitor.

In baby news, here's a recent photo of Lux at the tender age of eight days, struggling herself with energy:

Lux Yawns

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