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A Relevant and Important Point of View

"What will not evaporate, what is likely to grow, is a demand for critical thinkers with technical skills who are adaptable to what will almost certainly be an industry where the rate of change will consistently increase."

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:06PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

At the Intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Business: Addressing Global Issues

Maritime College convenes sessions called Conversations with the Faculty.  Yesterday. was my turn in the barrel.

At the Intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Business: Addressing Global Issues

This short paper puts forward the hypothesis that a source of sustainable competitive advantage for a state (i.e., nation) is its ability to execute the STEB (science, technology, engineering, business) cycle faster than other states (i.e., the competition).


Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 07:08AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The Short Attention Span Can Now Become Shorter

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:36AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Looking Forward

I've long been a follower of Irving Wladawsky-Berger.  I find that his insight across a broad array of subject areas to be of immense value, satisfying my curiosity on the one hand, but, on the other, adding to it.

I bring to your attention his recent post, The Global Business Environment: Success or Struggle?

I'm in the business of preparing young men and women to go into the world to add value through their efforts and lead satisfing lives.  The post referred to above gives us guidance on how to do this preparation.

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 07:13AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

What Education Ought to be About

"The world we live in is fluid, extraordinarily complex, and perhaps inherently unstable, prone to sudden and unpredictable changes.  What is most needed to cope with such a reality are individuals capable of responding to complex and particular realities, in other words, professionals with enough autonomy that they can address these situations quickly and effectively" (Golden, R. (2013). Northern Twilight: SUNY and the Decline of the Public Comprehensive College. Thought & Action, 29(Fall 2013), 45–56).

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 03:03PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment | References5 References

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar

I've listening to podcasts from the this seminar, Stanford University MS&E 472, for some time.  You can find them on iTunes.

I call your attention to two of the most recent.

Oct 16
Cyriac Roeding ~ Co-Founder & CEO, Shopkick
Cyriac caught his mobile virus by living in Tokyo in 1994, and by traveling the world observing mobile behavior, all the way to monks in Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains. He created his first mobile startup in Europe in 1999 in five countries, then founded CBS's mobile division in 2005 in Los Angeles, and led the team to Emmy nominations and profitability. In 2008, he joined Kleiner Perkins's iFund in Silicon Valley as an EIR, where the idea for Shopkick was born. Cyriac started his entrepreneurial endeavors as a paper boy turned software developer (he sold his first computer program to a newspaper publisher at 15), and as a radio host in Germany and Lithuania.
Oct 23
Steve Teig ~ President and CTO, Tabula
Steve Teig is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Tabula and the inventor of Tabula's Spacetime 3-Dimensional Programmable Logic Architecture. In 2012, Tabula has been recognized with an Edison Award, an American Business Gold Award, inclusion in MIT's "TR50" list of the 50 most innovative companies worldwide, and as #3 in the Wall Street Journal's "Next Big Thing" list of the most promising venture-backed startup companies. Prior to founding Tabula, Steve Teig was CTO of Cadence Design Systems (NSDQ:CDNS). Steve joined Cadence through its acquisition of Simplex Solutions (NSDQ: SPLX), where he was also CTO. At Simplex, Steve invented and led the technology development for the X Architecture, which radically improves chip design by pervasively incorporating diagonal wiring.
The speakers discuss entrpreneurship, to be sure, but more importantly they discuss what a means to lead a satisfying life.  Each podcast lasts about an hour.  I would say it an hour well spent.
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:51AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

On a day-to-day basis, what kind of things do grad students need help with?

This question was posted on Quora this morning.

My answer: Critical thinking, communications, and curiosity.

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:21AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

My Sentiments Eloquently Expressed

From John Mauldin's Thoughts from the Frontline of October 12.

After last week's discussion of the Affordable Care Act, it would be easy to drift off into all of the negative consequences of the current problems in Washington DC. There's just so much negative energy every time you turn on the TV that it simply drains you. I am well aware of what's happening and why, and yet I still find myself weary simply from the process of trying to follow what's happening. If I feel that way, it's no wonder the polls show that the general public's attitude is "a plague on all your houses." Of course, the snafus always seem to get resolved, but you just wonder how worthwhile all the drama is.

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 09:07AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Transient Advantage

Of late I have been commenting on change in the world; accelerating at an increasing rate, complex, and often opaque.  How does one survive, let alone thrive and ultimately change the game played in this environment?  In 2003 I wrote a small bit, Forces, that considered these questions.

The hypothesis is that the human requires new capabilities (i.e., knowledge, skills, experience, and attitudes) if the comment on change is correct and one is to survive and thrive in the emergent world.

Related to this comes Transient Advantage (McGrath, R. G. (2013). Transient Advantage. Harvard Business Review, 62–70) echoing, in many ways, the observation of Charles Darwin that, “It's not the strongest who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change.”

I'm in the  higher education business with the mission to "...prepare graduates for the external environment.  The effectiveness of the program is the degree to which successful completion has prepared the graduates for their chosen career as measured by their uptake by industry."  As the external environment changes, higher education must change or risk Darwinism.

Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:45PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Finding Work

I've been particularly taken by two of Tom Friedman's op-eds.

The first, How to Get a Job, from the 2013, May 28 edition of The New York Times, contains this rather pithy line.

It is best summed up by the mantra from the Harvard education expert Tony Wagner that the world doesn’t care anymore what you know; all it cares “is what you can do with what you know.”

The second, The Internship - Not the Movie, followed on June 8 with some advice as to how to acquire the ability to deliver value using what you know.

Internships are increasingly important today, they explained, because skills are increasingly important in the new economy and because colleges increasingly don’t teach the ones employers are looking for. Experience, rather than a degree, has become an important proxy for skill, they note, and internships give you that experience.

However high one's GPA, however long the set of intials after one's name, whether or not one is a "Bard-man," matters little if these attributes cannot be translated into value appreciated by the employer.

What knowledge, skills, experiences, and attitudes (yes, attitudes matter -- a lot) do you need to deliver value?

Think about it.

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 06:00PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment
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