The quote below was attributed to Harold Ramis shortly after his passing. It sums up my outlook on life pretty well and I think it’s one that, given a critical mass, could make the world a better place for all.
I propose that the concept of an other-focused, supportive perspective leading to generative, mutually-beneficial outcomes henceforth be referred to as Egon’s Law.
All in favor?
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This post originally appeared on the Harvard Business Review site on 1/16/2014.
I love Rube Goldberg Machines, those inefficient systems, full of convoluted twists and turns that use chain reactions to complete simple tasks.
In one of my favorite examples, a tipped milk bottle releases a sword, which cuts a rope that drops a guillotine, which releases a battering ram to swing a door that wields a grass sickle while disturbing a hawk, who drops a boot that stomps on the head of an octopus, whose tentacles squeeze an orange to produce a single glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. These cartoons can give us a good laugh, but to model a business in this gratuitously complicated way would be akin to planning to fail. Continue reading