After a Lengthy Pause… More Strategic Intuition

Well, I didn’t intend to take a 10-week break from posting here. Nonetheless, there it is… the time goes by before you know it. I have a few things to offer in my defense, though. In the intervening weeks, I’ve written and self-published a little pocketbook on Advent. I’ve begun compiling another book from material I wrote in August and September, spent several days in the Seattle area (including Vancouver BC) and began rewriting the end of the book I was compiling. I agreed to co-edit another book project with a colleague in Kelowna, and I’ve been keeping a steady pace at my pseudonymous blog. As if that weren’t enough, I finally churned out an initial draft of a business card which if nothing else (and “nothing else” probably fits in this case) fills what a friend likes to call the first two requirements of marketing: “Be there, say something.”

In late November I dove into a late-and-later web project to help put some steam behind a push into getting a major site redesign and overhaul launched PDQ. Now that that’s been launched, I’ll be staying on for a while to help craft a bit more of a strategic approach for it, as the web component is a major focus for this organization. At the moment, let’s just characterize it as a desire to go from ‘zine to multimedia and from podium to network. Perhaps I’ll say more about that project as it unfolds.

One of the reasons I’ve not written much here is that, frankly, I’ve not had a whole lot to say—or perhaps it would be better to say that I just haven’t had the impetus to actually say it. It’s a bit of an odd excuse considering that I found I’ve got 20 draft posts stocked up, some incomplete, others fully written but unpublished… you know, waiting for a time when I want to publish something but don’t have the time or inclination to write it. Uh, yeah. This post is not, however, one of those ones that you see (usually on cat blogs) where the blogger apologizes for not writing and promises to write more. If you see more than one of these on a blog’s home page, just face it: “It’s dead, Jim.” So I’m not doing that. I’m not apologizing because I don’t owe anyone a post, and I’m not promising to write “more often” because, well, I’m just not promising. But we’ll see what we can do anyway. Honestly, with my plate being filled with other matters I don’t feel I’ve really had all my synapses firing, but they seem to be warming up again.

Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement (Columbia Business School) I’ve also received a review copy of William Duggan’s new book, Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement. Clearly the title will resonate with me, given the thinking behind this blog’s title.1 I’m only a chapter in so far, but it looks like I won’t be disappointed (WSJ Review; William Duggan’s brilliantly-named blog): finally, someone able to explain this stuff in detail! What Duggan describes appears to be a discipline, something different from the expert intuition described in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. While I was in Vancouver/Seattle, I actually reconnected with some friends we’ve known for more than two decades, but haven’t seen for close to ten years. These days they are closely connected with Dr. John Gottman, about whom Gladwell wrote in Blink, describing the manner in which by observation alone, Gottman could predict in moments the chances of a couple’s likelihood of remaining married. These friends know and speak very highly of Dr. Gottman, so the connection to intuitive cognition was of interest to me.

And speaking of connecting, this week I finally broke down and joined LinkedIn; you can view my profile and add yourself to my connections. So far it looks far more useful than Facebook, which I joined a while ago. LinkedIn appears to have actual business networking potential, whereas Facebook… uh, different audience, let’s say.

Footnotes:

  1. See the three-part introduction to this blog: coup d’oeil (part one), coup d’oeil (part two), and coup d’oeil (part three). [back]