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This page links to article lists—below. The purpose of these lists is to provide a resource for attention re-directing. It is the only way to do something new.

It might prove useful—see connections below—to maintain a short list of topic areas that you want to track. The article lists below could be helpful in unearthing new candidates.

Additionally these lists may be used as seeds for developing report or thesis topics.

Some of the titles may lead to interesting conversation topics (see How To Have A Beautiful Mind)

When you find a topic of interest, a Google search will very likely locate the article. Try placing the article title in quotation marks within the Google search box. Next to each Google result you're probably see a "similar" link that may find related pages. Mind mapping the key ideas in a group of related articles may prove helpful.

Just reading is not enough …

book harvesting

Harvesting and action thinking are needed

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Challenge thinking and an alternativeoperacy

thought generation

Questions ::: Thinking canvases

Even with excellent analytical tools, concepts, thinking habits …
there is a missing element — the “ecology” of the current time period …
It alters conclusions

The time span: Rolled film to digital to smart phones

Luther, Machiavelli, and the Salmon
an example with major implications.

radar differences

What Everybody Knows Is Frequently Wrong ::: If You Keep Doing What Worked in the Past You’re Going to Fail ::: Approach Problems with Your Ignorance—Not Your Experience ::: Develop Expertise Outside Your Field to Be an Effective Manager ::: Outstanding Performance Is Inconsistent with Fear of Failure ::: You Must Know Your People to Lead Them ::: People Have No Limits, Even After Failure ::: Base Your Strategy on the Situation, Not on a Formula — A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

Preceding action harvesting from a specific topic, there is a need for exploration and creation of a “curiosity collection” and “interest profile”.

Somewhere and somehow the seeds of tomorrowS need to be collected

More needs to be said here … The image above is a hint

The process in presented in greater detail
beginning on the introduction page

As a person is exploring they need a way to note areas of interest, quotations, and where they found them.

Time investment clues

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From thought collection to action thinking

Part of the action thinking (mission, … objectives … how) involves making connections.
Maybe to something in the thought collector …

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These lists are derived my DEVONthink Pro article database. This database has over twenty thousand (and growing) articles (in text format). These are not just routine articles, but those that shed some light (direct attention) to some kind of strategic example. Taken together they create a picture of our unfolding world. Each could be superimposed on the economy. Each could be explored to discover the implications. The future that has already happened.

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Only Connect …

From Peter Drucker's Post-Capitalist Society

The productivity of knowledge requires increasing the yield from what is known—whether by the individual or by the group.

There is an old American story of the farmer who turns down a proposal for a more productive farming method by saying, “I already know how to farm twice as well as I do.”

Most of us (perhaps all of us) know many times more than we put to use.

The main reason is that we do not mobilize the multiple knowledges we possess.

We do not use knowledges as part of one toolbox.

Instead of asking: “What do I know, what have I learned, that might apply to this task?”

we tend to classify tasks in terms of specialized knowledge areas.

Again and again in working with executives I find that a given challenge in organizational structure, for instance, or in technology yields to knowledge the executives already possess: They may have acquired it, for instance, in an economics course at the university.

“Of course, I know that,” is the standard response, “but it’s economics, not management.”

This is a purely arbitrary distinction—necessary perhaps to learn and to teach a “subject,” but irrelevant as a definition of what knowledge is and what it can do.

The way we traditionally arrange our businesses, government agencies, and universities further encourages the tendency to believe that the purpose of the tools is to adorn the toolbox rather than to do work.

In learning and teaching, we do have to focus on the tool.

In usage, we have to focus on the end result, on the task, on the work.

“Only connect” was the constant admonition of a great English novelist, E. M. Forster.

It has always been the hallmark of the artist, but equally of the great scientist—of a Darwin, a Bohr, an Einstein.

At their level, the capacity to connect may be inborn and part of that mystery we call “genius.”

But to a large extent, the ability to connect and thus to raise the yield of existing knowledge (whether for an individual, for a team, or for the entire organization) is learnable.

Eventually, it should become teachable.

It requires a methodology for problem definition—even more urgently perhaps than it requires the currently fashionable methodology for “problem solving.”

It requires systematic analysis of the kind of knowledge and information a given problem requires, and a methodology for organizing the stages in which a given problem can be tackled—the methodology which underlies what we now call “systems research.”

It requires what might be called “Organizing Ignorance” (The title of a book I began to write forty years ago but never finished.)—and there is always so much more ignorance around than there is knowledge.

Specialization into knowledges has given us enormous performance potential in each area.

But because knowledges are so specialized, we need also a methodology, a discipline, a process to turn this potential into performance.

Otherwise, most of the available knowledge will not become productive; it will remain mere information.

Not to see the forest for the trees is a serious failing.

But it is an equally serious failing not to see the trees for the forest.

One can only plant and cut down individual trees.

Yet the forest is the “ecology,” the environment without which individual trees would never grow.

To make knowledge productive, we will have to learn to see both forest and tree.

We will have to learn to connect.

The productivity of knowledge is going to be the determining factor in the competitive position of a company, an industry, an entire country.

No country, industry, or company has any “natural” advantage or disadvantage.

The only advantage it can possess is the ability to exploit universally available knowledge.

The only thing that increasingly will matter in national as in international economics is management’s performance in making knowledge productive.

Connection links

You may find it useful is to mentally superimpose an important article on a terrain map; the changing social and economic picture; and the structure of the economy or its equivalent in the social and public sectors. Articles can also be used with an intel map that connects the previous areas of thought with changes and time spans. Below are the "icons" for each of the tools mentioned earlier in this paragraph.

terrain map Terrain map changing social and economic picture Changing social and economic picture economic structure Economic structure

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“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself (PDF) is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving relentlessly toward unimagined futures.



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It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then working out a plan for coping with what you’ve rejected.

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