“How did I get here?”

“How did I get here?”

(Part two of Auto Pilot published 6/25/12) A friend of mine worked for General Motors in the 70’s and 80’s. He was part of a team tasked with solving the crisis of the emerging threat of German automakers Mercedes and BMW. Cadillac had been the dominant luxury brand...

Evolution

We’re the one species in charge of our own evolution.   Each of us has the unique ability to look at changing circumstances and predict future realities.  We can change our thinking and behavior by force of will.  Oddly as uniquely human and special as this trait is...

Superpower

I have found there are three kinds of people. Over 90% of us fall in the first group. The first group is people who don’t recognize they have a superpower. The second group, about 9%, has a superpower and uses their power for purely personal goals. The third group,...

A Crisis of Will

I am frequently surprised at how people and institutions deal with recurring problems. They focus on curing the effect of issues without analyzing or fixing the root cause. My friend Neil Witmer tells a great story. “A man once took his son fishing. They had just...

Beyond a reasonable doubt

I watched two people struggle with decisions last week.  The hardest part of watching is that neither one knew they had been struggling far too long. The people were quite different and were involved in completely different tasks but they were essentially approaching...

The problem with common sense

A man from India was telling me how he started on the path of becoming an engineer. When he was six India decided to find the leaders of the future. They swept the country for the best and the brightest regardless of class or station. The children were tested and the...