Friday, May 17, 2013

John Maeda on Leadership

John Maeda was a presenter at DigitalNow 2013 and far and away my favorite of the conference.  His discussion of STEM vs STEAM spoke to something that I knew inside but was completely unable to articulate. -- Or maybe I simply recognized that I believed what he said to be very, very true.

I'm not going to spend any time talking about who he is or what he has done. There are bios available online.  I'm focused on this post.

I love the idea that leadership involves surviving your own choices and regularly reinventing yourself.  I love the idea that effective leaders aren't simply there.  They don't get to the top of their game and stay there at the pinnacle of the people pyramid for others to gape at and admire.

Of utmost importance to me is John Maeda's statement, "...I want you to know that you are, like me, in that space of having an unknown allotment of springs left, that gets to share in George Bernard Shaw’s excitement and wonder. Of joy. And to find your own four, five, six, three, or two , or one rules to work and use as your own compass."

I'll be thinking about my own rules. I think I've expressed some of them in other posts but a bit of mulling is definitely in order.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bengazi Update

Whoa... I've forgotten to blog.  Of course it really isn't as though anyone other than me cares so I guess I won't beat myself up too much about it.

My last post was about Bengazi and boy what a difference 8 months make.  Turns out it wasn't a free speech issue at all.  That was just administrative spin that has subsequently backfired hugely.  It was terrorists.  Again. We had inklings that things were heating up around there but either didn't prioritize it or didn't fund it so people died.  Again.  The devil's bargain between controlling costs and protecting American interests worldwide is difficult and one that I can't second guess.

I still believe what I said about free speech.  I was surprised at the time how much it meant to me and, reflecting back, am certain it still ranks as a core value. I am American.