Conceptual resources: uses and abuses
These tables of content can be viewed as a shopping center or menu from which you can select ideas on which you want to bet (design) your life. It might be productive to augment the contents and links on this page with an Amazon.com search.
Concepts (with the potential for effectiveness) presented in conceptually valid books (and other media) are the raw materials of organization evolution and consequently career evolution, life design, and financial investments. They are the building blocks of social and economic development.
Books (and similar media) are storage containers that allow concept transportation between individuals. They are also attention redirecting tools. The ones that are valid and will remain valid should probably be revisited on a conscious schedule. This revisiting redirects attention and should also reveal new external and dynamic realities.
The positive impact of conceptual resources should be visible or detectable in the world around us today and tomorrowS. Following the Korean War (1954), South Korea was without industry, a higher education system and practically no educated people. Today they are world-class in a couple of dozen industries. This contrast is the result of different concepts.
Some concepts are tactical navigation enablers, some are strategic navigation enablers and some are a waste of time
Conceptual resource exploration at Amazon.com Page Elements: Author > Title > Editorial Reviews > Spotlight Reviews > Inside This Book > Statistically Improbable Phrases > Capitalized Phrases > What do customers ultimately buy after viewing items like this? > Customers tagged this product with > Customers who bought this item also bought
Time valid concepts are staggered and interdependent. When an organization gives rise to an innovation that results in a new enterprise the time sequencing begins again (hopefully building on previous levels of development). Connections: organization evolution concept map and linear view of organization evolution.
A validity test can be conducted by superimposing a concept on the world of yesterday and seeing if the concept explains or predicts what actually happened.
This area of work is a substantial part of recognizing and defining developmental desires and creating a unique career evolution path. It is also a part of foundation building. Tables of content can also be used for assignment "trapping" (leadership; career evolution module; people decisions).
The previous nine paragraphs taken as a whole builds an even stronger and more elevated foundation for future directed decisions.
We are limited to working on the familiar with the familiar. We can only work with what's on our radar and only with our mental patterns. Also the human brain can only see what it is prepared to see. Part of this preparation can come from reading, so reading is fundamental. Comprehending what we read is enhanced by a broad foundation for making connections.
Unfortunately the useful broad foundation that is so valuable is not part of the education system—examine the course content or listen to what the "educators" say (a focus on tools not design, results, work, or tasks).
TLN conceptual resource file listing in the TLN site "conceptual_resource" Internet directory.
Concepts and Information (from Sur/petion by Edward de Bono) What is a concept? It is almost impossible to define—and almost not worth trying. But I recognize concepts, look for them, design them, and use them.
A cautionary note
None of the strategic authors or actors (people having a significant impact on the content and structure of the economy) address how and when to integrate their work or ideas into the life of a specific individual. Its up to us, but we need a foundation and life-long work approach.
Peter Drucker: Conceptual Resources
“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.” …
These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving relentlessly toward unimagined futures.
What’s the next effective action on the road ahead
It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
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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