Five Links: Everything you know is wrong v5This week, we offer a series of examples of the way that contrarian thinking works. It takes some practice to understand that trying to look at things differently takes a lot of work. The examples all show that having the right data and the right understanding make for better decisions. There are six because everything you know about five is wrong, too.

  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
    Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people expect. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs. Lots of things don’t look like they’re supposed to. Read this piece for summer protections. Then ask yourself, “What else have I gotten wrong.”
  • Best Practices in Talent Selection
    This somewhat badly named white paper is the best single analysis of recruiting I’ve ever read.
  • It’s Official! The End of Competitive Advanntage
    Steve Denning is a perrenial favorite in our weekly links. He’s one of the great proponents of 21st Century management. “Virtually all strategy frameworks and tools in use today are based on a single dominant idea: that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. This idea is strategy’s most fundamental concept. It’s every company’s holy grail. And it’s no longer relevant for more and more companies… Strategy was all about finding a favorable position in a well-defined industry and then exploiting a long-term competitive advantage. Innovation was about creating new businesses and was seen as something separate from the business’s core set of activities.”
  • Sell Your (Personal) Data to Save the Economy and Your Future
    Great American thinkers often have an easier time in Europe. This BBC article is written by Jaron Lanier, a pivotal scientist in the past couple of decades of tech development. He notes that the very first description of a networked world included the idea that people would be paid anytime the data they added to the system added value somehere else. Like we’ve been saying, provacy is a commodity. You get to sell the pieces.
  • Where All The Happy Talk About Corporate Culture is Wrong
    Heh. “there are two types of happiness in a work culture: Human Resources Happy and High Performance Happy. Fast-growth success has everything to do with the latter and nothing to do with the former. Unfortunately, 99 percent of the discussion and solutions are focused on Human Resources Happy.”
  • If Carpenters Were Hired Like Programmers
    This lovely dialog points out the reasons that folks in the engineering world think HR (and Recruiters) don’t get it.

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