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Truthiness on the March

"Nowadays, facts and truth are becoming increasingly difficult to uphold in politics (and in business and even sports). They are being replaced with what the American comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”: the expression of gut feelings or opinions as valid statements of fact. This year might be considered one of peak truthiness."

Your attention is drawn to this article by Lucy Marcus appearing on Project Syndicate.

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 08:15AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Things to Think About

"To this end, Mr Chollet argues that Mr Obama has formulated what amounts to a long-game checklist, a series of principles that should be applied to managing American power and making strategic choices. The first of these is balance: balance between interests and values, between priorities at home and abroad, between declared goals in different parts of the world, and between how much America should take on and how much should be borne by allies. And balance in the use of the whole toolbox—military power, diplomacy, economic leverage, development. Mr Chollet contrasts this with the lack of balance Mr Obama inherited from Mr Bush: a tanking economy, over 150,000 troops deployed in two wars and sagging American prestige.

The other key principles of the Obama checklist are: sustainability (avoid commitments that cost too much to stick with); restraint (ask not what America can do but what it should do); precision (wield a scalpel rather than a hammer); patience (give policies the time and effort to work); fallibility (be realistic about the chances of failure and modest about what you can achieve); scepticism (interrogate the issues and beware those peddling easy answers to difficult questions); exceptionalism (the recognition that because of its enormous power and attachment to universal values America has a unique responsibility to provide leadership in the world that cannot be ducked)."

I'm apolitical in this excerpt from a book reeview from The Economist (Playing it Long. (2016, July 30). The Economist, 66–67).  I'm only suggesting that there are good points raised that are relevant to decision making and worthy of consideration.

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 08:19AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

I want a surprise every day.

Some of my colleagues and students might recall me saying this.

The Hidden Danger of Big Data via Project Syndicate warns of what can get in the way of surprises.

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 07:15AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

“Not all complaints can be true at the same time.”

Tyler Cowen, Economist, August 19, 2016

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 06:26AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Adam Smith on Human Capacity for Self-Deceit 

This, from the Conversable Economist, is for those of you who tend, or who should tend, towards introspection.

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 08:40AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


It’s hard to know when I began to think about communication in a serious manner.  I peg it at my first job out of college as a systems engineer for IBM.  I’m fairly certain that I didn’t think of it as communications, let alone conversations.  I thought of flowcharts (communicating with people) and coding sheets (communicating with computers), both of which I learned little of in college.

As my career developed I expanded my communication repertoire to formal presentations, one‑on‑one conversations with business associates and customers, writing of proposals, reports, and marketing material.

When I retired from IBM I became associated with Baruch College.  This second career introduced me in a more formal way to communicate, especially through my long association with the Bernard L. Schwarz Communication Institute.

I’m indebted to all those along the path of this journey who encouraged, criticized, taught me, and, perhaps most importantly, gave me the freedom to explore communication and its higher embodiment, conversations.  I’ve been from the Palmer Method to spark charts, from simple flowcharts to complex causal loop diagrams.  And I keep learning.

Communications is a collection of papers, blog posts, the odd e‑mail, and lecture notes on the subjects of communication and conversation.  These are presented in chronological order.  Some of this material looks incomplete.  Indeed it is.  Learning is never complete.  Minimal editing has been performed on the original material.

The first paper in this anthology was written to help me prepare for an April 28, 2006 conference.  Doubtless I will add to this collection as time goes on.

It is hoped that this collection might serve as useful reference and example.

Copies are available at www.lulu.com

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:35AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Experience and Connection

"It seems to me now, with greater reflection, that the value of experiencing another person’s art is not merely the work itself, but the opportunity it presents to connect with the interior impulse of another."

Hylton, W. S. (2016, July 17). The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close. The New York Times Magazine, 36–43 53.

Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:26AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Technology 2025: DNV GL

Shanghai: Every five years, DNV GL publishes its Technology Outlook. This keenly awaited report is primarily intended to give customers and stakeholders a basis for discussion and insight into the technology landscape of the next decade within selected industries.

See DNV GL's Technology Outlook 2025 explores technology likely to be taken up in the next ten years on the web.

See Technology 2025: Reaction for an analysis of this outlook.

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11:02AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Cyber Security

Here is a note (revised 8/3/16) I wrote on thinking about this issue.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11:33AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Maritime Economics and Logistics 

If you are interesting in these areas you might want to tune in to this blog of Hercules E. Haralambides.  He advises:

My blog provides commentary and opinion on current developments in the global economy; international trade; shipping; ports; terminals; transport; and maritime logistics, including important business research findings, as reported quarterly in the 'Maritime Economics and Logistics' Journal (www.palgrave-journals.com/mel). © 2016 HE Haralambides, all rights reserved.

Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 09:16AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment