The Robotization Of Society

Robotization

First, it’s people–just us, living and loving. 
 
Then, we welcome robots into our society for automation, industrialization, and services–they are here to help us.
 
Finally, it’s just the robots–we, the people, are obsolete, replaced, maybe even completely gone!

Think about it. 😉
 
(Source Comic: Andy Blumenthal)

How Many Issues Do You Have?

More Issues Than Vogue
I saw someone with this funny iPhone case in Starbucks.



It says, “More Issues Than Vogue.”



So I was curious how many issues of Vogue have there been…



And I learned that they have published this fashion, beauty, and culture magazine since 1892–more than 120 years!



And in the Vogue archive, they claim to have “more than 400,000 pages in full color.”



I suppose even some of the biggest nuts out there rarely have more “issues” (and pages)…although maybe many would certainly come close. 



But Vogue wins! 😉

People That We Meet Each Day

Faces
This piece of art sort of reminded me of the Sesame Street song “People In Your Neighborhood.”



So, who are the people in your neighborhood?

The people that you meet each day.



We meet and interact with all types of people…funny and nice to mean and scary. 



Sometimes, you can see it on their faces–or especially in their eyes–who they are and what are their intentions. 



Other times, looks can be grossly deceiving, and we really have no clue who or what we are dealing with–psychopath or good samaritan.



Lately, as I meet or pass people, I see them on two distinct levels:



One is the physcial body they are in…their outward manifestation…the shell or outer casing that houses “them.”



Two is the soul or G-dly spirit on the inside…the real them…the part that lived before and will live on even after the outside body is long gone. 



Our bodies are just housings for our souls…some people have physical disabilities, almost like a car that has broken parts over time…but what is inside perceives the greater reality and in a sense is both facilitated through and limited by our bodies–whether whole or broken. 



Sometimes, I feel like I am just looking right through the person and am really seeing their inner essence soul. 



Looks are just outside…inside is the real people we meet each day. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Confronting The New

Friends Hugs Excited
As the kids are starting a new school year, I thought these welcome messages in chalk on the sidewalk were interesting and hopeful. 



Everyone needs support when they are starting at a new place or doing something they haven’t done before. 



Doing something new means opportunity for a fresh beginning and the chance to learn and grow, but it also presents changes and challenges. 



The messages the kids drew help to confront these head on asking the other students:



– What is exciting to them and playing up the positives of the new experience.



– Encouraging people to make new friends to help make the adjustment. 



– Offer emotional support with “Free Hugs” and camaraderie.



At times, we all end up in new situations and places.



We may be looking for discovery, adventure, or a chance to do something different or perhaps change our fortunes.



At other times, we may just get thrown into something and may not even be certain exactly how we got there. 



But either way, it definitely helps when we reach out to others and realize that while we are individuals, we are not alone as we go through it.  



People need each other…some more, some less…but no man is an island. 😉



(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Winning Respect Of The People

Winning Respect Of The People

Please see my new article here in Public CIO Magazine on how we can learn from the technology industry to improve our nation’s government.

“We can solve technological problems beyond our forefathers’ wildest dreams, but we’re challenged to break political gridlock. compromise, make difficult decisions, and forge a balanced, reasoned path forward.”

Hope you enjoy!

Andy

(Source Photo: the talented Michelle Blumenthal)

People Of All Colors

People Of All Colors

Not sure why I like this, but I do.

What comes to mind, is “the crazier, the better!”

And this is pretty nuts:

– The people have no clothes (but in a modest type of way).

– The men are covering their privates (with handbags), but why not the women?

– They people are sort of gray, yet have different colored ink blots over their feet, hands, eyes, mouth, and hair–almost like they are stymied or perhaps, the opposite, free to be whatever they want.

– They are similar, but yet all different, like us.

– Why these different colors–we don’t know; it is muted, but it is ALIVE.

It’s crazy and it’s people–you never know who or what exactly you are dealing with–but we are all G-d’s creations. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

I Like To Be Clean!

I Like To Be Clean!

This was funny but in a gross type of way.

Bathroom doorknobs are notorious for being germy.

In this case, there was a little bit of tissue paper that someone left on the knob–I know ick!

Apparently someone got fed up with the grossness of this, so they put up a sign–it says:

“I have been here for two weeks. Can you clean me? It like to be clean!”

But that’s not all.

A day later, the note was gone, but that little piece of grossness was still there.

Howie Mandel, please help us! 😉

Mr. Universe of Leadership

Mr. Universe of Leadership

A colleague at work told me about a book called Compelling People by Neffinger and Kohut.

The thesis of the book is that the most effective and powerful leaders balance projecting strength and warmth.

If you just show strength, then you would potentially be seen as dictatorial, a micromanager, unapproachable, all work and no personality, and maybe even a tyrant.

And if you just project warmth, then you would likely be seen as wimpy, emotional but not intellectual/skilled, managing by friendship and not professionally, and not focused on results.

That’s why combining and projecting a healthy balance of strength and warmth is effective in leading towards mission results, but also in being a “mensch” and caring for the people you work with.

You can’t have sustained strong performance without a happy workforce.

And you can’t have a happy workforce without strength to achieve meaningful work performance.

In funny, but in a sense Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good example of someone who combines the two.

On one hand, he represents the big and strong “Mr. Universe,” and was able to play in numerous action movies, such as Terminator, Predator, Conan The Barbarian, and more.

At the same time, Schwarzenegger always had a warm, softer side and stared in comedies like Kindergarten Cop, Twins (as the intellectual twin of street-wise Danny Devito), and Junior (where he undergoes a male pregnancy!).

While no one is good at everything and it can be hard to effectively balance strength and warmth, leaders that master this can become the real Mr. Universe for their organizations and people. 😉

(Source Photo: Left from Andy Blumenthal and Right from here with attribution to Eva Rinaldi)