Facts to Essence series – Episode 1

Facts and the essence extracted from them…

  • In feudal Japan, merchants were the lowest class because unlike farmers and artisans, they don’t actually produce anything.
    • There were used to, and there still are some spaces in world where creativity and expression is valued more than mere management, merchandising, and administration of it.
    • People do realize that there are certain jobs where man becomes easily replaceable.
    • At the end of the day, when it would come to a calculation and operations management machines would surpass any human being, but when it comes to creativity, innovation, critical thinking and expressing with emotions – machines have a long time to catch up with.
  • Pixar credits its success to its anti-Disney approach — Meaning no songs, no happy village, no love story.
    • As mentioned in previous Project Management related post, standards are only better than ad-hoc, but not better than innovation and optimization.
    • Breaking out from the existing mold, re-shaping the structures, destroying the boundaries, expanding the horizons is the name of the game when it comes to achieve a success in saturated markets. Risks got to be taken.
    • Those who love and swear by standards, should always know that even at best they’re following something which is a mediocre, as by the time something becomes a standard, a new best has already replaced the last one.
  • Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world.
    • Quite ironic isn’t it? One place where you expect it not to happen, one place where you think that due to presence of the Pope, world’s most famous and exquisite churches, and religious clerks in abundance something like this shouldn’t happen. And that’s where it does.
    • Lesson to be learned here is assumptions can be wrong. And what appears to be straight can be curvy when seen from the right angle or correct distance (in depth or as a big picture).
    • o Another lesson: Whatever is considered too big to fail or too aligned to go haywire, does fail – often from with-in. Sometimes we don’t notice the change from outside, but the system sets itself on a path of deterioration, and one day either it crumbles into pieces, or becomes so weak, that in case of what appears to be a minor fault or injury – the catastrophic chain reaction begins and whole system becomes non-functioning.
  • Lack of exercise kills just as many people as smoking.
    • Being stuck is as fatal as going backwards… Not doing something that body requires to survive and stay healthy – is as harmful as doing something negative and harmful to it.
    • If you want your organization/ project to remain fresh and not go stale, you got to focus on continuous process improvement.
    • Nothing is perfect. Everything is on a journey of perfection, and stage of perfection is a goal that always leaps a bound right before one’s about to reach it… It’s not a disappointment, but instead an opportunity to explore more, to optimize more, to evolve your designs and plans a notch ahead.
  • If you’re more than 16-years-old, you have lived to be older than the average caveman.
    • Human evolution as specie and evolution of man-made social systems like civilizations have allowed us to live more than our cave living ancestors could ever have. It is as good as it’s bad.
    • Good in a sense that there are lesser pressures on survival now then there were before as far as life and gene forwarding is concerned.
    • Bad in a sense that now many people don’t realize gravity of survival has shifted from just a life to survival of human beings as intellectual and competent species – survival of values, education, intellect, critical thinking and logical reasoning. So unless society puts a serious pressure on people for that, majority is completely fine with being their older selves – no change is observed.
    • In spite of being specie gifted with intellectual abilities like vision, reflection and retrospection, most people tend to wait till a time when cost of their not changing becomes greater than their assumed cost of changing in order to upgrade themselves.

– Prepared for workshop/ lecture classes I conducted on “Project Management and Organizational Leadership” at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU) and Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), both situated in Karachi.

Disclosure: Facts (in italics) come directly from @UberFacts twitter stream.

Note: “Warning: Never Trust A Proclamation Without Citation” – (Always be ready to do your research!)

6 thoughts on “Facts to Essence series – Episode 1

  1. nice!! can’t wait for episode 2 and others. perhaps it should not be all that surprising that the crime rate in Vatican City is the highest, especially when taking “white collar” crimes, or maybe crimes against the human spirit into account.

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