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Monday, August 24, 2009

WHAT EVER TWENTIETH-ONE CENTURY MANAGER SHOULD KNOW WHEN ASPIRING SERIOUS LEADERSHIP PARTICIPATION! By Andres Agostini (Andy)


WHAT EVER TWENTIETH-ONE CENTURY MANAGER SHOULD KNOW WHEN ASPIRING SERIOUS LEADERSHIP PARTICIPATION! By Andres Agostini (Andy) at
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT: It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

(From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910)




These comments (also available at www.1Editor.blogspot.com)—concerning science, technology, management, business, leadership, and the strategizing corporately and institutionally via ‘scenario methods*, among other concurrent approaches, along with the omniscience perspective’ of FUTURES practiced— reflects what I have learned over the course of working with literally hundreds of scholars, statesmen, professors, entrepreneurs, business owners, scientists, philosophers, inventors, tycoons, consultants, advisers, managers, analysts, practitioners from many fields, and researchers over twenty-five years. In this monograph, I will define omniscience and its perspective in detail thereinafter. It can also be seen at www.AllSciCzar.blogspot.com.

*scenario methods: In this case, it is not limited to three scenarios, but to as many as resources permit under optimum management practices.

Introduction

Since the beginnings of civilization, humans have longed progress. Progress is the future outcome of cascades of ‘current moments’ flowing divergently. People use a variety of techniques, skills, and methods to reach for better times, namely the future. These days, many people know that the future holds a great promise in technological advancement. Others, the contrarians, believe that there is a great gamut of global problems, threatening the future itself.

Contrarians believe that advanced science and technology can both create solutions to old and new problems, as well as making other challenges even more difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, Armageddon and other catastrophes—that must be countermeasured at any logical cost—have likelihood. I strongly opine that we must boldly extract hazards from these existential perils. Must remember this maxim: every expert action (even those allegedly safe and secure and reliable) to terminate a danger before crystallizing might become another risk. That’s why great caution and the systems methodology with the omniscience perspective are emphatically recommended.

The more the crises and challenges—never losing sight of the orders of magnitude implicated and the many folds of acceleration and transmutation posed by said crises and challenges, I see more and more opportunities though!

In my opinion, the new technologies can help us all. By way of example, the medical technologies can foster a healthier person with a better quality of life. The environmentally friendly technologies, in my view, can make us restore—to some extent—the ecosystem, thus improving the crisis of the global climate. This, clearly, will prove or not to being a great future, since, at the present time, most technologies required are under stringent and unstoppable development.

There are many who think that so much technology can end this world. They, for instance, oppose to governments allowing scientists to write and re-write the genome (mathematical prose), especially that of humans. Even worse, they fear this technology allows for a frenzy bazaar without, say, bioethics. I, myself, wouldn’t like to have a son with the eyes of an eagle. Yes, I will like him to have a cochlear for sight augmentation and refinement. The contrarians fear strongly for those who live by power, fame, money, glory and notoriety. They advise prudence in extreme.

There are so many global crises indeed. I am concerned but mobilized to the utmost. When you come to think of it, there is a good aspect to these catastrophes. So-called public-servant statesmen are speaking with a better tone, a lower voice, a controlled ego, thus collaborating fluidly with each other. “Each other” is equivalent to friends, allies, adversaries, detractors, and even some challenging people who are madly in love with embracing antagonism and belligerence.

I don’t use the ‘audacious hope’ theme. Certainly, humanity must fight back all these dilemmas. To this end, Evelin Lindner states, “Pessimism is a luxury of good times… In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence.”

To conclude and in my personal opinion, the future and its arsenal of new technologies are inevitable to happen. New technologies are not evil. The ones with the ill behaviors are humans themselves. The future has a combination of two facets, opportunities and risks. I am convinced that civics and strong morality and ethics – as long with premium-graded education in the early years of students – can allows us to mitigate the risks to the most, so that that a context and pathways are built for civilization’s viability. Divine intervention will be indispensable as magical incantation is not of the undersigned’s interest at all.

Abstract

The FUTURE always wishes to readily equip the present with novel information. Why? Because the FUTURE considers the PRESENT a failed stated in the realm of time, and does not desire to get implicated with the downsides of a sub-optimal fellow.

As the FUTURE gives the PRESENT a bad score and becomes judgmental on it, the PRESENT flagrantly denies and rejects the current existence of the FUTURE.

As the FUTURE paraphrases Shakespeare’s sentence (fears take away the good with which we could win) and executes it in the practice, the PRESENT feels a great animosity against such a maxim and habit.

The forthcoming FUTURE – already scattered among us – has a lot to offer to the PRESENT, namely an invaluable out-of-this-word-and-time source of narrative and numerical data (unexplored repository knowledge waiting to being seized and administered by the PRESENT and its inhabitants). Can you think of anyone more visionary than the king in his class, the FUTURE?

The PRESENT, unfortunately, is somehow anecdotic while the FUTURE ruthlessly and relentlessly abides by ever-emerging scientific truths. These truths contained vast gold mines for creation, recreation, and supercreation, as well as for devastation. The cultivated brains must root out the endless dangers to capture the benefits, so humankind prevails on Earth and much more beyond it if the Universe, too, –and its own dynamics– warrants such a license.

For the first time in history, we can work backward from our imagination rather than forward from our past. “In the midst of chaos, there is a learning lesson to assimilate. Sometimes the table is served for an OVER-LEARNING if the prepared mind is paying huge attention to the nano-granularity of details.” (Andy – Andres Agostini, Nov/23/2001, 8:34 p.m. EST).

The term singularity entered the popular science culture with the 1993 presentation at NASA-sponsored conference of a seminal paper by San Diego State University statistician Vernor Vinge. The abstract of the famous essay is as daunting today as it was more than a decade ago:
Permalink: www.ArchSingularity.blogspot.com

“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended …Is such progress avoidable? If not to be avoided, can events be guided so that we may survive? These questions are investigated. Some possible answers (and some further dangers) are presented…”

“I just wonder if the FUTURE is always stalking on the PRESENT! Perhaps, it is so. One thing can be ascertained, because of its non erudite nature, the FUTURE (the over-ruling) is always filibustering the PRESENT (the enslaved).” (Andy – Andres Agostini, Jan/19/2009, 3:17 p.m. EST).

Andy-Andres Agostini: “these days—meaning: these seconds—the totality of all is in the making perpetually. That to be ‘in the making’ made—at this time—is relentlessly thought of and thought through way in advance. This is a technique to CURRENTLY get your brains over-insourced by zillion, practiced futuristic scenarios.” (Andy – Andres Agostini, Jan/17/2009, 10:21 p.m. EST).

"The FUTURE WILL HIT the PRESENT AND ITS RESPECTIVE GROUND, RUNNING. All of that as it has been seen up to the present time. This is a hyper-accelerated Eon and ever-increasingly by an over-exponential factor. Said ‘over-exponential factor,’ even when multiplied by many orders of magnitudes as in effect it is, the non-linear geometrical growth of it is by most people immeasurably underestimated." – (Andy – Andres Agostini, Jan/19/2009, 11:09 p.m. EST).

“To me–The PAST is more like Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). The PRESENT seems more like Mr. Hyde while the FUTURE appears to be more like the joint conspiracy of Dr. Jekyll and Dorian Gray. Perhaps, we will need the combined effort by Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christies to decipher the outright enigmas, namely those stemming from the always-awaited-but-intruding FUTURES.” – (Andy – Andres Agostini, Jan/19/2009, 11:21 p.m. EST).

“Progress is the future outcome of cascades of ‘current moments’ flowing divergently.” – (Andy – Andres Agostini, Jan/25/2009, 5:04 p.m. EST).

Most business plans are ill-conceived indeed, as they are written-up and reckoned with the eyes fixed in prehistory. IF IT IS NOT AN ACTUAL SUB-SET OF A MUCH GREATER AND THOROUGH ADVANCED RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, THE FIRM WILL MEET GARGANTUM CHALLENGES. Otherwise, there will be great opportunities! One end of the greatest Risk Management Effort (utterly extraneous to insurance, co-insurance, re-insurance, bonds, etc.) is to entertaining the fiscally sound outcomes of a business, literally any business, challenge, or task.

This FUTURE, that throws around its weight through every facet of the PRESENT impiously, might be 99.99% INEVITABLE. Inevitability, in this instance, equates to meaning that it will be a rogue dictator, over-ruling capriciously and solely by its way and taste. The unavoidable consequences of this FUTURE can be mitigated or at least somehow modulated. Evidently, this FUTURE’s UPSIDES can, perhaps, be seized and even amplified. To meet both requisites, there is one HUGE prerequisite before proceeding any further. That is, that the TOTALITY of HUMANKIND has to converge—‘on the doubles’—on the most essentials Herculean tasks to do in order to attempt the sustainability of the corresponding civilization as it is known / perceived now.

Possibly, this FUTURE will not have—as per the hopes treasured by all-walks-of-life eyewitnesses—a ‘natural tendency.’ Stated plainly, because it is being envisioned and worked-out preternaturally, this FUTURE may appear – before our naked eyes – with extreme tendencies and directives that evoke the most extravagant and transhuman mandate. The terms “extravagant” and “transhuman,” in this case, apply for even the ultimately leading-edge practitioner of the scientific realm, either within the eminent establishment, or those with an unauthenticated citizenship from the avant-garde renegade-verse. It might be a genuine deal, it might not?

Said dictator will not impersonate anyone. He will be THE maximum MONARCH OF TECHNOCRACY by his own right, Remember? Yes, yes, yes—I know. Technocracy, the gentleman, just espoused a lady with an appalling temperament that looses composure oft, even before the state’s visits by the Holly Pope. Her fist name is “Global.” Her surname is “Crises.” That’s the reason why this “power couple” has made Sir Francis Bacon a best-selling icon, “FOR TIME IS THE GREATEST INNOVATOR.” Gotten it?

The PRESENT carries on superfluously. But the FUTURE is over-impregnated and super-immersed with detailed meaning and significance and projected transgressively a là ‘omni mode,’ as well as with its manifesting tangibly and intangibly pervasive ubiquity.

Perpetual innovation is a rogue truth to this PRESENT. The breadth, depth, scope, and rate of acceleration of this FUTURE’s perpetual innovation will be endless, endless so beyond the wildest dream or nightmare ever conceived by the ultimately noted or most criticized sci-fi writer. To attribute to this FUTURE’s perpetual innovation a quality of far-fetched will be an extreme over-simplification.

The PRESENT is a function of the PAST and above all a function of the FUTURE. The PRESENT is a function of the PAST only in part. Remember: The FUTURE is always pre-clashing and/or clashing the PRESENT, thus continuously shaping and re-shaping the PRESENT to a great extent. The FUTURE is, so to speak, 30% a function of the PRESENT and 70% a function of the FUTURE itself. The PRESENT is bathed by permanency and by the quality of being impermanent. The PRESENT is not a snapshot or fixed (static). It is the linkage, superposition, and/or intertwining of many films (dynamical). Its dynamism grants itself, the PRESENT, huge ambitions to becoming the FUTURE while trying to capture the ‘here and now’ mirage. There are too many ‘heres’ and a myriad of ‘nows.’

The PRESENT is always infinite, unless its interrelationship with the FUTURE stops. The FUTURE is never endless unless a great “anomaly” takes place.

Concerning the PRESENT and specially the FUTURE, the great majority of people failed to considering the possibility of anything going wrong, no matter how remote the location or complexity of the implementation environment.

The PRESENT and the FUTURE engender tsunamis of CHANGES. When you altered your work because of competition and/or difficult times, you are CHANGING your professional occupation (organizational strategy). When you reflect and modify you innermost, you are CHANGING your essence to some extent. CHANGING your essence to being ADAPTABLE to ever-shifting realities. When CHANGE is always altering all types of CHANGES, the scientific properties of known and unknown changes get modified, sometimes profoundly. This extreme modification is what I have been referring to ‘CHANGED CHANGES.’

CHANGED CHANGES make the overwhelming case for ‘beyond unprecedented’ reinvention of humans, business and lifestyles, organizations, businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, societies, and worldwide society. In the process, the extreme makeover is in nothing superficial or similar. And the call is an abrupt wake-up alarm to all sorts of leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, business owners, government administrators, consultants, adviser, strategists, professors, teachers, students, researchers, and any breathing or cryogenized human being.

At the time being, it does not matter anymore where you come from and how this impact your ‘current’ PRESENT. Instead, what is presently relevant for you to envision are the floating, fluxing, cross-railed FUTURES as they climb the treacherous building-block ladder, the ladder of accumulation of opportunities, challenges, and perplexing, but exuberant, tradeoffs. These tradeoffs poise the least thinkable of the unthinkable results, challenging our body (physiology), mind (psychology), and soul (spirituality). To apply for practical leadership credentials will be a nearly, though not impossible, insurmountable enterprise.

How insurmountable? As nearly insurmountable as attempting to hike the Everest cloth-less, equipment-less, ill-prepared, without a crew and the indispensable Sherpa, as you walk and climb toward the mountain’s peak with your back focused on the mountain’s peak and while your eyes are grabbed by the starting-point locus. You can always walk into the FUTURE backwards to revive the fossilized vestiges of blur/made-up memories that eat your soul out.

You know what the PAST is? Reply: The eternal creative-tension discrepancies between the FUTURE and the PRESENT, encapsulated in a stream of segments from the ‘preterit tense’ kingdom, a kingdom that is neither awaken nor significant anymore.

Clearly, the genetics of the human beings will have a notable impact on the psychology and physiology of the humans until the FUTURE’s say. Such a say has a designated ‘due time.’ By all effects, the FUTURE is always a representative of three facets. There is the facet of opportunities that we can call UPSIDE RISKS. Another facet is that of the likelihood of potential disruption. The former impersonates the DOWNSIDE RISK. Thirdly, there’s the facet of blended UPSIDE RISKS with DOWNSIDE RISKS. To really get the OPPORTUNITIES, the DOWNSIDE RISKS must be terminated or, at least, modulated and/or mitigated.

Such eternal creative-tension discrepancies —as imposes the rogue and nearly ageless interrelationship between the FUTURE and the PRESENT—wage a preemptive war to get the PAST under retirement. These eternal creative-tension discrepancies make three major displacements. Firstly, it displaces the PAST to a corner where vestiges are fossilized but not looked after. Secondly, it displaces the PRESENT closer to the FUTURE. Thirdly, the FUTURE pulls pervasively the PRESENT to the FUTURE’s intimate spheres of influence, since this monarch (the FUTURE) wishes the PRESENT to be the ultimate, loyal subject of the FUTURE. This wish from the FUTURE is to this monarchical ruler a sine qua non without fail.

It must be mentioned that interrelationship between the FUTURE and the PRESENT is intense and will become increasingly more intense, beyond the boldest and lucid imagination.

Mother Nature is a great and loving and noble matriarch. The Universe is the oldest and wisest Patriarch, perhaps the elder son of the greatest intelligence of all. The Multiverse (many universes with, at the same time, many dimensions) is not only the maximum, all-enabling Patriarch, but also a pervasive Patrician holding the greatest intelligence, wealth, perhaps the elder son of omniscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, and A.I. (artificial intelligence).

Successful and tough reverse-engineering captures breakthrough innovations for the PRESENT’ and from the FUTURE’s dominion à la Tudor. Reverse-engineer all regardless of its origins, terrestrial or extraterrestrial. This is important to bear in mind.

Every human is partly earthling and partly extraterrestrial. Why? Because pre-biogenesis and bio-genesis were (at least and as it seems) massively instilled from the outer space. If extraterrestrial beings existed, they would be, in fact, siblings to current humans. How come? Because there are other geneses different from biogenesis on Earth, whether within our knowledge or not. A genesis does not only take place only on Earth, but in the whole Universe if it is or not under known and unknown modes.

To capture benefits and to extreme-make-over leadership and to scientifically steward disruption potential, you need to understand the PRESENT, the FUTURE, and its frenzy interrelationship. In making this effort optimum—and among other prerequisites—we must find out and address two topics. One topic has to do with how we reached this PRESENT out of a scattered PAST’s technological accomplishments as we constructed an expanded knowledge repository just by practicing future scenarios through radiant foresight, far-sight, hindsight, insight, and innermost-sight.

Another topic is that insidious habit of the FUTURE in seducing the as-of-now PRESENTS while the citizens of such PRESENTS make us agent so many looking-forward changes that set afire the interrelationship between this PRESENT and this FUTURE. Now we know how we got to ‘here’, ‘here’ is the hyper-dynamism of flows, in-flows, counter-flows, avant-garde flows, crossed-pollinated flows, point-inflecting flows. “As-of-now” exactly refers to the PRESENT-FUTURE’s own tête-à-tête.

‘Here’, while in the PAST, was a bit statistical but never really so. The so-called ‘here’ is undergoing a total immersion of numberless processes, transactions, deeds, etc. ‘Here’ has always been mobilized. ‘Now’ is motorized at a rate that is beyond awe-inspiring. We just got the ‘now’ about right to this point. To turn savvier on this FUTURE, one must be a genius in his executions (sic).

Then, he / she has to make the greatest effort of all, that is, to think unthinkably in relation to present forces and respective futuristic trends—both subtle and dramatic ones as well as those driving and marshalling and enforcing just brute-force dramatic ones—by means of the practical implementation of advanced, extravagant scenario planning.

Thereinafter, your unthinkable thinking about FUTURES must become more refined, enhanced, exuberant, streamlined, diverse, expanded, and extended. In doing so, it never suffices to come up with a three-scenario forecast. Subsequently, forecasts must carry with you as many plausible or implausible scenarios as resources required nearly never loosing the maximum rigor. ALSO, NO OPTIMUM FORECAST IS GREAT ENOUGH IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED OF AN ARSENAL OF PLANS OF CONTINGENCY. Each scenario crafted must have its respective, unambiguous plan of contingency without a fail.

All of this is true for humans from the PAST and the PRESENT. Toward a more advanced time—and by means of reverse-engineering with the applied omniscience perspective—the humans will increasingly be of different constituents and design without a fail.

The PRESENT is always unnecessarily delayed or even lost and absent-minded because its limits are impermanent and capabilities are finite. The PRESENT never contemplates fast-forward-ly, but in reversal and in doing so adding to its even greater disadvantage. The FUTURE operates beyond the offensive acceleration of ‘light speed’-plus and nearly without or with zero limits or constraints or borders. The FUTURE is the Napoleonic Emperor that does everything only under its own terms, exploiting every advantage and disadvantage to its lucrative well-being and omni-ruling.

The FUTURE is accustomed to spying on the PRESENT. How come? The FUTURE is the PRESENT’s debriefing one. The FUTURE is, in many cases a virtuoso, though it at times voyeurs the PRESENT. What a horrendous vice! Such deed will NEVER be tolerated. How do you REHAB the FUTURE? Group therapy? Grouping it with whom?

The PRESENT is sleepwalking while the FUTURE is ‘child like’ wondered by “à la Gendaken” daydreaming. In the mean time, the post-modern modernity is in a rush (without a GPS or a compass) getting more and more modern by unprecedented ‘shock and awe’ unearthed standards.

This criss-cross PRESENT will be reconstituted by the continually crinkum-crankum FUTURE inevitably. There is going on a terzetto in which the happenings are more or less like this: the PAST (R.I.P), the PRESENT (thé dansant), and the FUTURE (tertium quid). Clearly, the PAST is getting a CPR by historians to be. Earned in his own intellectual right, Thomas Jefferson stated: “I prefer the dreams of the FUTURE than history.”

Who would dare not to appreciate that nanotechnology, biotechnology, bionics, and artificial intelligence making deep and steep inroads? Incidentally, the definition of the omniscience perspective can be revised at www.AllSciCzar.blogspot.com as well.

The PRESENT is an absent-minded sardine while the FUTURE is a giant cuttlefish in conspiracy with an army of octopuses.

Ying and Yang have combined forces of subtle and dramatic origin. These days the PRESENT is a bit like a pseudo-harmonized Ying-Yang relationship. The FUTURE is only about Yang deeds.

The PRESENT is besieged by a bunch of dilettantes and poseurs. The FUTURE is—so to speak—à la Sir Francis Drake.

The PRESENT is more like Huckleberry Finn while the FUTURE is perhaps the all-out archetype of Genghis Khan and his Mongols.

The stream of as-of-now PRESENTS will become—to some extent—one of the forthcoming FUTURES. At some point ahead, a PRESENT will be ultimately integrated into a single FUTURE. Such a FUTURE, though, will reach a point in which being bio-based or bio-related or not in vivo at all will be splendorously awaken and active. (March 12, 2009 at 1:34 p.m. EST. By © Copyright 2009 Andres Agostini ‘Andy’ at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com).

Regardless of transhumanity, overhumanity, superhumanity, nonhumanity and ‘above and beyond’ humanity, the hard-core essential is and will be not being human but becoming and acting humanely. (March 12, 2009 at 1:58 p.m. EST. By © Copyright 2009 Andres Agostini ‘Andy’ at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com).

The PRESENTS are from appalling and contentious interrelationship between Venus and Mars. The FUTURES are only from stringent Mars. Please go and ask about it Dr. John Gray.

The FUTURES are supervening upon the PRESENTS in combination with the ruthless forces possess by the own FUTURES.

The PRESENT concerns the animal and vegetable kingdoms. The FUTURE is only about beyond post-humanity and its staggering brute-force-and-dramatically-subtle INTELLIGENCE.

The PRESENT pertains to discovering science. The FUTURE is absolute science dominance and nearly infinite power.

WHAT IS THE FRESH-LOOK DEFINITION FOR RISK?

RISK, What is it from a unique, new perspective? RESPONSE: Chiefly but not always, risk is pent-up energy. Pent-up energy waiting to becoming constructive or destructive or both. What type of energy does risk entail? RESPONSE: Mostly, KINETIC ENERGY (the energy possessed by a body because of its motion [or temporarily paused motion], equal to one half the mass of the body times the square of its speed).

As any ENERGY, it is within its nature to get transformed and transformed and transformed endlessly. To get transformed into a lucrative initiative, the unleashing-process is scientifically stewarded, so that ENERGY (as it contained in RISK) makes a successful (optimum) landing in the ‘right quadrant’ (so to speak, meaning superseding NASA’s greatest expectations by far. I immediately explain why NASA has to be in this example). By way of example and in this occurrence, let’s cite when NASA’s Rover made it over-perfectly on Mars (after a commuting, in outer space, over 100,000,000 miles. How do you like that? This is the accomplishment of an UPSIDE RISK. UPSIDE RISK is always fruitful and advantageous. I CLAIM AND CLAIM AND CLAIM THAT THOSE GREAT COMPATRIOT AT NASA THOROUGHLY CAPTURED OVER-PERFECTION. CAN WE TAKE SOME OF THESE HARD-WORKING AND WISE PRACTICES INTO LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT? IF WE DO, WE WILL DO WELL AND WILL DO GOOD.

When the unleashing of the kinetic energy is not known or it has not been identified and controlled or when the management is ineffectual (because it is not scientific enough), it takes place towards the antipodes. This is the accomplishment of a DOWNSIDE RISK. DOWNSIDE RISK is always fruitless and disadvantageous, sometimes humiliating indeed. THE GOOD SIDE OF THE PROBLEMATIC OUTCOME IF THAT ENGENDERS NEW KNOWLEDGE AND HEIGHTENS AWARENESS. There is also an additional issue when the DOWNSIDE RISK crystallizes into a disruption or a loss. I will explain ASAP. The come-true DOWNSIDE RISK has a huge magnitude as the Global Financial and Economic Crises (GFCAC) overwhelmingly verify. Then, it starts to attract other unbeneficial RISKS. How?

RESPONSE: Such a milestone as the case study spoken of makes all-kinds of people bewildered, frightened, and sometimes paralyzed. Paralysis is in this arena is an extra terrible characteristic. Actions are paralyzed because the mind is terrorized by those biblical-proportion tragedies. If the GFCAC got the minds of the world’s dignitaries in stalled—and that of the supporting system of staff of such dignitaries, How do these people respond effectively and efficaciously, say, to (a) Bombardments by anarchists, (b) Pandemic flu, (c) Global climate, (d) Over population, (e) Failed states, (f) Extremely-worsened Poverty—globally, so forth?

Once a pre-existential downside risk is brought into existence, all resources start to fall short. To begin with and recapping, the dignitaries’ minds get inattentive and jammed to hold a veritable consideration of a second or a third global crises at the same time (energy, wars, failed states, maritime piracy, petroleum dictators, etc.). And the good aspect of it is that we have an arsenal of technological tools, like never before, to make Earth better. Obviously, the 700-billion+ inhabitants of the globe—in one or other magnitude as it depends on his / her resources availability— each other must industriously and instantly help to get back to a decent life, globally.

“Omniscience is the only salvation of Earth (a) if stringent and absolute morality and ethics are universally practiced by the totality of individuals, and (b) if, concurrently, the 700-billion inhabitants collaborate lavishly and fluidly with each other. I am still a realistic with a touch of optimism. Said optimism will come true and grow if people become honest, compassionate, and helpful to each others, as well as when solidarity among each other is practiced universally. My optimism would raise the highest bar if the greatest majority of the 700-billion+ would become ‘good Samaritans’ genuinely. ” – Andres Agostini “Andy” (Jan/24/2009), 4:23 p.m. – Arlington, Virginia, USA at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com

The most important resources, shared by everyone in different degrees, are the Intellectual Capital (universally referred as “intangibles”). Resources like ultra-trained ‘first responders’ are crucial. So is it with physical and digital infrastructure. Spiritual Capital is the perfect spouse of said “Intellectual Capital.” We must own the whole package without preconditions. Body, soul, and mind must be in over-perfection status or we will not prevail.

There is an even more important resource. Without it, the population of Earth can have a true ‘reality-check’ of how life is after life. What resource is that? RESPONSE: The Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Capital! If humankind does have it and use it through its entirety, it got some chances. If humankind does not have it, go pray or meditate until the very last, forthcoming ‘reality-check’ talked about earlier. Even with the most splendorous applied omniscience marshaled in ‘omni mode’ mode, grave and universal violations to morality, ethics, as well as the pontification and application of corruption, said omniscience cannot prevent us from delighting us with a visit, without return, to life after life.

Amorality and immorality, beyond and above the banks and the stock markets of the world (and beginning with WORLDWIDE ‘Main Streeters’), will ascertain the ultimate struggle to each and every specie on the face of Earth. IF WE, THE MOST-ADVANCED HOMINOIDS WISH IT TO BE OTHERWISE AND INSTILL VIABILITY TO OUR ONLY SPACECRAFT (THAT ONE THAT HOUSES THE 700-BILLION+ PEOPLE), THERE IS A MUCH BETTER CHANGE, NOT AN IMPEACHABLE GUARANTEE THOUGH. QUESTION: WHAT WILL BE YOUR OWN ELECTION ON BEHALF OF CIVILIZATION FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF ALL LIVING CREATURES ON THIS SPACESHIP, EARTH? RESPONSE: I just wonder, to be a bit kind to the reader!

In attempting to formulate futuristic scenarios –whereas one is expected to be practicing a drill from its furthest hindsight through plausible and even implausible foresight-driven outcomes (known or unknown ones, weirdest or not), there are many errors in the process. BUT WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT ERRORS ARE THE ULTIMATE LEARNING DEVICES AVAILABLE TO US. Clearly and only, if we register, document, and rampantly extract knowledge from said errors as a matter of a systematic habit brought into robust execution. ‘Futuristic scenarios’ practiced and ‘futures’ drilled are the landmark foundation to formulating a robust program of contingencies (countermeasures for the thinkable, unthinkable, expected, and/or unexpected).

Accelerating the ‘error making’ cycle–especially of those not so expensive undertakings–, allow the researcher, experimenter, and tester to capture more and more knowledge. Knowledge that is subject to falsification (à la Sir Karl Popper) or verification or amplification as it is deeply analyzed with other already applicable scientific truths.

Then, besides learning, one also becomes aware that must (a) get more and more prepared through the approach of applied omniscience (a bold effort to be made for good), and (b) that, in getting really prepared, his / her contingency planning will never be farfetched and/or too-farsighted in THESE TIMES OF THE ‘EVER-INCREASINGLY’ UNTHINKABLE ONES. THE UNTHINKABLE ONES WILL GET INCREASINGLY MORE AND MORE UNTHINKABLE AND UNTHINKABLY HABITUAL. LET’S PAUSE THE GIRLIE CRY, GET PREPARED FOR AND USED TO THE WORSE. THE BRIGHT SIDE WILL ILLUMINATE A NEWLY-NASCENT ILLUSTRATION EON!

RISK, in general and by the public at large, is traditionally exceedingly underestimated. The mentioned underestimation carries with it a perpetually life-to-death disruption potential. By the way, this FUTURE has made a point of honor to demolish the traditions of times from the PAST and PRESENT. I am not sorry since Earth is not my invention. I disseminate onerous ideas and reflections for the greater good if that’s feasible at all.

What are the fundamental questions and reflections we are failing to formulate? What possible changes do we need to prepare for? Is there a toolbox to solving the challenges spoken of here? YES, ADVANCED RISK MANAGEMENT WITH THE OMNISCIENCE PERSPECTIVE—AND THROUGH MORALITY, ETHICS, AND PRINCIPLES—CAN TURN SOME IMPOSSIBLES, AS WELL AS SOME DISRUPTING POTENTIALS, INTO VIABLE ONES. That is, if there is not a major catastrophe in the world taking place and if the application of this discipline is instituted universally, literally by the totality of the population (clearly, with a variety of degrees through such application). If said ‘advanced risk management with the omniscience perspective…’ can, to a considerable extent, save civilization, HOW DO WE DISCUSS OUR WORLDWIDE CIVILIZATION’S CHALLENGES IN A USEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE WAY?






Robert Kennedy: The past is not the script of the future…Future is not a gift; it is a daily conquest.


“Concerning the FUTURE, the PRESENT is always naïve, timid, and pathologically passive.” –Andres Agostini (Andy)

2009’s 'Perpetual Novelty' –after taking a bite of the first years of Century 21– appears entirely, increasingly unleashed from precedent when analyzed from the longest and amplest historic perspective (pursued by an exact-science practitioner), thus creatively disrupting (dragging the FUTURE into this as-of-now PRESENT) a chain of past-time successions.

In the Third Millennium, the PAST is no longer appended to the FUTURE, that FUTURE that lays the law of our today (phrasing or paraphrasing Nietzsche). This Era People possess a fleeting moment as they might regret not to seize newest, undreamed of opportunities that shift their own bargaining power (this’ applicable to all facets of his personal, professional, and organizational life) ad infinitum. In the process, the incumbent must manage, in advance, a myriad of life-to-death threats, so that then he makes the best pre-conditions and conditions to capture favorable opportunities.

The links, between historic successions and other preterit sequences, not only are ‘broken’ and against fuzzy discernment and counter-intuitivism (that of my beloved, perhaps yet-in-its-infancy Quantum Mechanics), but also beginning to get unrelated to the essence, the substance, the depth and breadth, and scope, as well as to the veritable and relevant facts and statistics, those facts and statistics eternally undergoing massively ever-increasing dynamics. THIS MATERIAL IS HENCE ANTICIPATED TO SEAL A GAP IN THE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT LITERATURE.

This saga that I pursue and share with the reader gained critical mass with the book “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler. So many intelligent, talented, and valuable people acknowledged having read it, as they admit not having studied it thoroughly. My mind was caught in fire to learn much more on it. Since the advent of this precious book, I got marveled by the subject matter. To some folks that are suddenly interested, I still recommend them to read the FUTURE SHOCK thrice to begin started and to get engaged in the subject thereafter. This theme – among others – has been, is, and will be of my keenest interest until my life’s natural completion. Bertrand Russell declared, “I know many people that would rather die than think.” I will use many eloquent quotations from every world’s corner. That is, because the undersigning is committed to use every resource literally, among others, to make it easier to understand the great challenges and enormous opportunities that are hidden, but contained, in the “FUTURE” Pandora Box.

This is a time for us to change profoundly— changes that makes us more adaptable, versatile, resilient, knowledgeable, and savvy— while committed to super-learning for Life. SEE, IF WE GET INTELLECTUALLY MORE PREPARED, DAY BY DAY THROUGH THE END OF TIMES, WE EXTRACT FROM OURSELVES THE INSIDIOUS OBSOLESCENCE UNIVERSALLY SPOKEN ABOUT AND VERIFIED THAT IS IMBEDDED IN THE HUMAN RACE’S GENOME. Super-learning makes the case for us to be within and beyond the boundaries of hyper-dynamism. If we get ultimately “dynamical,” we are in the optimum passageway to countermeasure threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities from this increasingly daring Epoch. Business restoration and continuity and sustainability are crucial as well.

This Epoch did not only change the known nature of risk, opportunity, change, and leadership, but it is also flagrantly exploiting the unknown facets and dimensions of change per se. This ‘TOO FUTURED’ CHANGE I call ever-shifting ‘CHANGED CHANGES’. Incidentally, there is CHANGE generated by others agents and factors and even by unidentified forced with the watching eyes + paraphernalia of true science. This is mostly the CHANGE THAT HAPPENS TO US AND THAT, AT TIMES, the one that overwhelms us when catches us intellectually off guard. Resting on laurels is fine recipe to get to know the afterworld before time is called for.

Then, there is the CHANGE brought into life by our own efforts and lack of them, directly or indirectly. When technological, political, economic, societal, environmental, outer-space CHANGE is not authored by our own direct efforts, WE MUST ADAPT, ADAPT, ADAPT, AS WELL AS INDUSTRIOUSLY CHANGE THE MAGNITUDE, THE FREQUENCY, THE URGENCY, AND THE INTENSIVENESS OF SUCH ADAPTATION, ROUTED BY YOUR OWN EFFORTS AND THAT ON YOUR ONBOARD CREW. ADAPTING KNOWLEDGEABLY, TIMELY, UBIQUITOUSLY, AND FOREVER IS THE WAY TO PROFOUNDLY CHANGE OURSELVES ALWAYS AND ALL OF THE EPOCH. TO WHAT EXTENT? REPLY: TO AN AGELESS CONTINUUM OF HYPER-ADAPTATION.

The CHANGE, too, compounds, disrupting long-beliefs, value systems, cosmosvision (micro, macro, and hybrid / blended ones), and sacred (and otherwise) assumptions (so to speak), as well as the respective lethargic ‘comfort zones’. Other people’s changes get compounded with our own direct effort to adapt, re-adapt, namely changing our minds, hearts, body, spirit, and soul. I timely share with the reader, to the purpose of the present work, the personal motto of Dr. Stephen Covey, “Live Life In-Crescendo.”

Please remember: The Rules and Skill Requirements and Knowledge Contents (now in demand) have dramatically been altered and, even right now while your intellect dialogues with my intellect (as you read) through this monograph.

Nota Bene: This is the “Society of Knowledge,” not only because there is immense availability of knowledge, BUT BECAUSE YOU TOO MUST DEVELOP LEADING-EDGE KNOWLEDGE (PATENTABLE) CONTENTS TO REINVENT THE WORLD RELEVANTLY. The eternal quest for knowledge is very expensive on the whole. To me it is highly irresponsible not to digest and assimilate the maximum possible of such immense availability of knowledge, available to most by said “Society of Knowledge.”

Though, via the Internet, the KNOWLEDGE EXPENDITURE becomes quite affordable and democratic. It does allow access by many and increasingly by much more without any precedent, comparing it with the telegraph and the “snail telephone” of preterit times. In effect, the more the Internet connections, the less expensive will become the digital superstructure to that end. It is worth noting, subsequently, “…[THE] WORLD [IS] DROWNING IN DETAIL BUT STARVING FOR [THE INSIDIOUS—AT THE SUB-PARTICLE LEVEL— GRANULARITY OF DETAIL] KNOWLEDGE…” (John Naisbitt). The brackets and included context are mine to further illustrate what Naisbitt means in actuality.

People–in a genuine and relevant search–want, need, request, and demand the totality of knowledge.

Thereby, we are in a better situation to grasp a tiny bit of our destiny if we made the gargantuan effort to be ‘homework / homeland’ compliant. Homeland now equates to Bukminster Fuller’s “Space Ship,” in which all the human race and other species live on. If all of us were completely determined and marshaled to sustained diplomatic efforts (non military ones) to be enforced by the U.S., E.U., South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and India, there may be, for example, a stop to North Korea’s ambitions for nuclear weapons.

So that you know: When we extract illiteracy from ourselves and to some extent, we are helping civilization (and the Earth that said civilization boarded) to prevail. This effort, nonetheless, must be massive, collective, multidimensional, and cross-functional. Extracting illiteracy from humanity is to institute, for example, sophisticated systems risk management on humanity and all of its constituents to a great degree. Never ever the old map suffices to get to a blurred, always-changing place of novelty.
Subsequently, awesome and emboldened and ubiquitous mind expansion is an unquestionable, day-to-day MUST-HAVE! Said ‘risk management’ does not ever equates to sup-optimally (a) Insurance, (b) Co-Insurance, and (c) Re-Insurance.

I have known many great talents in global corporations and multilateral institutions. Unfortunately, these incumbents don’t train and re-train themselves. There is abundant literature in the marketplace to update their doctoral degrees. Why managers, professors, and teachers don’t read fact-driven, hard-copied, paid-for literature? When I started college, both in Canada and the U.S., my academic advisors—before paying the tuition—told me that the validity of my studies would last (back then) for up to five (5) years immediately after completion.

I know many people that get a MBA and never ever get updated again. Many of them paid a high premium for a doctoral degree so that they didn’t have to seriously study any further. Clearly, people with doctoral degrees—on the whole—habitually require fine literature more than oxygen and other nutrients. The latter ones know that nothing is fixed, but mutating and transmutating. One must become a knowlegist or even a trans-knowledgist immediately for his own sake.

On the other hand, the status quo — sometimes an agent that does not foster change — is by definition a static “elite” of society. I have nothing with noted elites that are always seeking to get better and excellent for the greater good of the world. I just don’t like “fat” establishments that let Earth rotate and move without executing anything fruitful. Some think-tanks are fluid and productive and indispensable groups of elite.

As you see the Nature with the naturalist eyes, you’ll see elites all over in the Animal Kingdom. Take a look at bees, aunts to cite two cases. In my opinion, Her Majesty, the Queen of England is instrumental to keep political / societal balances and counterbalances. Without His majesty, King Juan Carlos, Spain might need to check its collective mental sanity from separatism. He, too, with great prudence is instrumental to keep political / societal balances and counterbalances. He means PEACE!

Subsequently, I have nothing against elites, establishments, and or status quo. Some features I might not agree upon, but I respect them all. I even respect those that might not respect my thoughts, ideas, theories, hypothesis, conjectures, and/or findings. I do not, at all, belong to the called “counter-culture,” though I do respect them too and what they stand for, especially when they mean well and are into splendid edification. Why? Because I like openness and democracy to the utmost, especially that guarded by the rule of law and due process and justice.

Besides, one cannot practice truly advanced risk managements if he / she does not consider many futures via the scenarios method. One cannot exercise true and adaptable innovation without a conscientious and perennial consideration of (a) FUTURE and (b) RISK. As potential disruption always involves the so-called “human factor” and its inherent personal cosmology, those who study and research FUTURE and RISK must consider, too, MILLENNIUM-3 LEADERSHIP well in advance.

Zero prognostication or divination here, just eliciting explosive and dramatically subtle, cross-fired trends to formulate futuristic scenarios (plotted on its respective, developed trends) and contingency plans. Without all of this, there is no management and/or business to be launched and maintain with success at all.

There is an Asian proverb that states, “Whoever sees the future lies even if he tells the truth.” A Chinese guru told his disciples, “attempt not to live in interesting times.” It has been our grace and disgrace to live in such interesting times. The guru meant that times like ours are troublesome for all-walks-of-life people, but hugely interesting for those who observe and ponder with a prepared mind.

The audaciously versed is to get mobilized, more than in any other fashion, in nothing less than in an omni-mode way. The defiance is that, in the process, he / she cannot lose the wisdom of the so-called ‘prepared mind,’ nor the rigor in this practitioner’s professional activities. If the brain qualifies to being a verbatim ‘prepared mind,’ it will be easy to keep going forward and backward with the required sound judgment. A sound judgment that is tackling up the addressed-to fuzziness lavishly.

The prepared minds, though, should responsibly be here to explain phenomena (scientifically, phenomena belongs into the realm of complex normalcy) and suggest pathways to overcome and navigate terra incognita’s unchartered waters with an even keel. We all must make these times better. The classical Beetles song goes, “take a sad song and make it better.” In other words, let’s make certain we can make the best out of the worst with the greatest determination ever.

I firmly believe that we should concentrate in the good as in parallel we ruthlessly root out the ill for good. I am, by way of example, immensely proud of NASA. I have been so all of my life. But every time I’m into it more and more. I celebrated by opening a small bottle of Champaign when I learned that the NASA rover made it over-successfully when landed on Mars. In my site at www.AgostiniNews.blogspot.com, I paid tribute to the men and women of NASA for such an accomplishment.

Please listen up, now! This achievement—given the infinite number of complex variables—is, in my opinion, to seize OVER PERFECTION. Think of it, an unmanned aircraft travels some 100 hundred million miles and lands safely on Mars. If OVER-PERFECTION does not suffice your intellectual taste, How would you call it? Can you offer a name? I am sure that NASA has many roles to play—for the greater good of humanity—in global crises as those referred to as (a) Global Climate, (b) Green Energy, and many others. This OVER PERFECTION by NASA is intellectual working above and beyond the frontiers with omniscience-driven working cloths. OVER PERFECTION equates to the decease ‘Power of Simplicity.’ We must tender them many standing ovations but, more importantly, we need to support their organizational mission to the utmost.

No matter how many global, frenzy, intertwined, superposed, shocking, overlapping, building-up crises, such as, e.g., climate, ecology, geology, economy, business, marketplace, terrorism, society, poverty, super-population and its transformations, demographics, globalization, re-regionalization, geopolitics, rogue power and soft-power “waging,” as-we-now-know-it democracy, second super power, soft and smart powers, tribes, religious organizations, criminal networks, unipolarity/bipolarity/multipolarity, international community, mercantilism, multilateral institutions, GDPs, defense spending, strategic rivalries, arms race, territorial expansion, military rivalries, world’s order, pandemic disease, energy, downside risk, upside risk, dangers, safety, security, reliability, policy responses and methods for predicting and managing catastrophes, quality assurance, corporate governance, emergency preparedness, restoration --private or civil or institutional--, lifestyle, innovation, creativity, strategic/exuberant surprise(s), leadership, organizational strategies, management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing (some pundits of this area say that clients are too empowered to need a vestige of marketing/marketer anymore), customers, healthcare and life enhancement, institutions, biology, genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, intelligence amplification, biotechnology, nanotechnology, future generations, Nature, desktop computing, mobile computing, cloud computing, grid computing, autonomic computing, supercomputing, human history, wars, plagues, misguided ideologies, natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, global warming, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, general artificial intelligence, social collapse, malfeasance from Global Stock Markets and the world’s 'Main Street', the “BRICS,” non-stop Universe’s expansion―'till Big Crunch’s yoctosecond, as well as the science, and technology per se, etc.

For instance and just to cite three significant vital factors, risk (downside risk), opportunity (upside risk), and leadership must be boldly re-conceptualized, re-imagined, and reinvented.

“The more the crises, the more the acceleration and progression of science and technology. The more the global crises, the more rampantly and numerous revolutions of science and technology. I’m speaking of revolutions, science, and technology different from what we have known until now, thereby without any historic precedent (no one).” –Andres Agostini (Andy) at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com

Practitioners, undergoing denial and contrarians to scientific progression as well as the concurrent threats in the globe, have to cope with changes in circumstances or assumptions or mentalities that turned out to be incorrect.

Today, we cannot change what we did yesterday. But because today will inevitably become tomorrow’s yesterday, there is often a great deal we can do to positively influence how our professional, organizational, and personal legacy will be remembered – to create the history we want, that is, if the human race truly longs for a much better outlook and to carry on.

This way each one / all, en masse, will realize how forceful everyone must come together into unison, as energized A-C-T-I-V-I-S-T-S in favor of the benefits and against this AGE’s challenges. To underpin this matter further, it’s worthy to read Tolstoy’s words: “the power of a group to their convictions does more and more certain good than all writings. Let us, therefore, one and all, live true to our convictions.”

CITIZENS MUST COME TOGETHER ON THIS CAUSE UNEQUIVOCALLY AND WITH THE GREATEST SENSE OF URGENCY, DILIGENT URGENCY OF SACRED-SCRIPTURES PROPORTIONS. HAVE TO GET MIND-PREPARED AND EVER-READY AS PER MY FIRMEST POINT OF VIEW.

This as-of-now FUTURE – brings about CHANGED CHANGES to the PRESENT – invariably sets off some wholly unpredictable chain of events. Within rampant unpredictability, there is, though, a hidden wealth of pervasive opportunities along with many radical risks.

Pervasive measures and countermeasures – being before numerous vulnerabilities and threats increasingly conspiring of humans against humans – must also become generally known and administered properly at the public, private, and NGO level. You might wish to download the latest official and public report by U.S. intelligence at www.AgostniWorks.blogspot.com.

What do I mean by instituting the Omniscience Perspective?
Omniscience, With The Perspective Of…

This is a compilation on the lexicon applied “omniscience” to illustrate its meaning. When it comes time to manage risks, futures, opportunities, leadership and great challenges of this Era, via omniscience you exploit the positive facet of the challenge by crippling the disruption potential, partly or completely.

If the problem can’t be solved at the same knowledge level it was birthed, let’s raise the ante dramatically—beyond and above any yardstick—by instituting the omniscience perspective without any mercy at all.

Ipso facto, you center-stage SUCCES or desired outputs to your favor and that of your onboard crew. This vital notion must be imbedded in the neurons of any Milleniunn-3 Leader, otherwise nonsense is preached and practiced.

One must make the effort to get the closet possible to applicable, applicable omniscience in the day-to-day battlefield. The reader is fully entitled to make his / her own conclusion. It takes hard work in extremis and a tsunami of determination to somewhat embrace the practicality of this crucial concept.

I will first give the reader the dictionary’s definition of “PERSPECTIVE.” Why? Because the idea is TO MANAGE WITH THE OMNISCIENCE PERSPECTIVE. As follows: “per•spec•tive (p…r-spµk“t¹v) n. 1. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface. 2.a. A view or vista. b. A mental view or outlook. 3. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision. 4.a. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole. b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view. c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance. –per•spec•tive adj. Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective. –per•spec“tiv•al adj. –per•spec“tive•ly adv.”

This is the unified compilation of the Omniscience Definition:
(all of the following at the same time the whole time, increasingly so)

“ … Having total knowledge; knowing everything … One having total knowledge … Pansophy: ‘universal knowledge or wisdom...system or work embracing all knowledge ... pol•y•math: A person of great or varied, updated learning … know•ing … all-knowingness … Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding … Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd ... Suggestive of secret or private knowledge … conscious … having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight … possessed of universal or complete knowledge … the omniscient narrator … A person of great and varied learning … one who has rejected authority and dogma in favor of rational inquiry and speculation … learning ; erudition ; teachers of great knowledge ; one who takes advice or information from others … familiarity or awareness or understanding gained through experience and study …the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, and/or learned … specific information about something … narrative and numerical data gathered and assimilated … the mastery of many areas of learning reflected in a scholar’s work … a collection of facts and data (A man’s judgment cannot be better than the information on which he has based it) … that who constructs expert systems … deep extensive learning … the instructed one that instructs other to get further instructed … the methods, discipline, and attainments via academia, personal, professional, organizational, and in-the-battlefield experience … extensive knowledge … infinite knowledge … convergence of all wisdoms brought into one ultimate over-wisdom … the state or quality of having infinite knowledge; knowing all things … universal knowledge or wisdom … system or work embracing all systems … a person of great and diversified learning … including in one view everything within and beyond sight, insight, and farsight … having infinite discerned insightfulness … a person of encyclopedic learning … omniscientia knowledge … having learned much in several fields of study concurrently … educated, knowledgeable ; wise, sapient … that possessing great wisdom and sound judgment … that who has been and remains schooled by the university of ‘hard knocks’ … one that presumes that all things have not done sufficiently optimally … a self-dealing person with his mindful transformation towards possessing all-knowingness … healthy obsession with the nano-granularity of detail as it is pondering a collective multitude of subject matters …. Profound knowledge, deep knowledge, total command or mastery; specialism, specialized or special knowledge; expertise, proficiency; wide or vast or extensive knowledge, generalism, general knowledge (updated), interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary knowledge; encyclopedic knowledge, polymathy, polyhistory, pansophy … learning by inquiry … knowing all happenings in the life or development of a people, country, institution, etc. … all scientific accounts of a system of natural phenomena … eternal learning of the most complicated, fact-driven literature … hidden knowledge, recondite knowledge … Development of character and mental powers through systematic instruction and pervasive intellectual activities to amplify and sophisticate your talents, skills, and practices…Including the body of knowledge of hermetic and secretive societies and associations…Hermeneutics, that is: the science of interpretation and explanation, especially the branch of theology that deals with the general principles of Biblical interpretation… ”

If attention is indeed paid to world-class, ‘cross-pollinated researched' literature and media, What are the good news? The current civilization can increase UPSIDE RISKS (benefits) and mitigate / terminate DOWNSIDE RISKS (disruptions), some existential and others not. Incidentally, one situation that does compound heavily (into terra incognita) is that of risks. CLEARLY, EVERYONE ON EARTH MUST INDUSTRIOUSLY WORK UNDER THE ROGUE RULING OF THE ULTIMATE DIVERSIFIED UNITY!

Diversity, when properly integrated and aligned, begets breakthrough innovation. QUESTION: WHICH PATH / ROUTE WILL THE PROFESSIONAL / BY-OWN-DESIRE IGNORANT, LAZY, MISTAKEN, IGNOMINIOUS, INDOLENT, OMINOUS, CORRUPT ONES TAKE? REMEMBER, 'ONE CANNOT GET TO A NEW PLACE WITH AN OLD MAP.' Just might need a GPS and a SAT-Phone and Sacred scriptures.

Problem: Way too many supine ignoramuses, numbering a tough majority. Facing Century 21, What / Where is your dynamic, real-time upgradable roadmap? Really? I just wonder! Kindly please —to great fanfare— receive a warm welcome to attending the DEATH OF UN-RESUSCITATABLE SCI-FI GENRE AND THE EVER-INCARNATION OF UBIQUITOUS SCI-FACTS. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CRUCIAL TO BETTER YOUR INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL BEYOND BOUNDARYLESS DREAMS.

Anyway, 'THE EMPIRES OF THE FUTURE ARE THE EMPIRES «OR MONARCHICAL STRATA» OF THE MIND' (Churchill). HOW HAVE THE READER EXERCISED RADIANT AND PERVASIVE MIND EXPANSION LATELY? The Human Race has always longed for progress, ultimately upping its living standards for centuries. To that end, noted physicist, Dr. Stephen Hawking declares, ‘I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be on «the outer» space.’ I ask myself, How lengthy is ‘LONG’ for Dr. Hawking? In the mean time, underpinning Dr. Hawking’s lapidary words, “We [earthlings] must master [outer] space [even though whatever global crises are currently besieging Earth].” – Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator. Brackets and their contents are by Andres Agostini (Andy) at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com

In the process, the world stage has become a PLETHORA OF TREACHEROUS PROBLEMS like never before (if one desires to see more on what I mean, please go to: www.slideshare.net/andresagostini/a-challenging-snapshot-summary-by-andres-agostini-arlington-virginia-usa-presentation).

One can use a plain, lay mode to envision it (i.e., sub-optimally). This is fun and stress-free, but, once you capture a womb-to-tomb view of the world / universe (and what if the known universe is a sub-universe of larger sets), one can easily realize that the world civilization is into a life-to-death CHALLENGE, hugely and increasingly complicated, quite sense-able these days. This is the Epoch of Complexity-Dom, and simplicity burial! Simplicity can certainly have a role— that is, when judgment, pondering, and intuition is flooded with leading knowledge assimilated and stewarded by and from the prepared mind. It does not work the other way around. One can see grave complexity all over when he observes in a plant the manufacturing process to make a plain, but indispensable, pencil.

It means that almost-700 billion+ inhabitants HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL. In my opinion, this clearly represents zero magic solution, just hard, brainy work, with nil paradigms from and to everyone. There are too many out-crying, inflecting-point fronts. Behind the complexity of these increasingly daring tribulations of 24 / 7 – if mitigated and terminated – there is, though, a WEALTH OF OPPORTUNITY. Where? By way of example, in the development of called “green energy.”

Incidentally, this is not the taken-for-granted ‘Society of Knowledge.’ It is very expensive, since one must daily mortgage their intellectual capital endlessly and to the utmost and for good. I, for example, did not obviously give birth to hominoids, nor ever consider myself the supreme intelligence in the universe (let’s just abide by facts and figures and preter-naturalist thinking, as an amicable unasked suggestion); Primates (including pre-humans and humans) were occupying the land and wandering around, intrigued by copious wonders. A mind + A body + An opposable finger (thumb) + a rock can equate to a great deal of fine and terrible, weaponized artifacts. These tools can build up a cathedral or bring it down. What are the fundamental ethical principals involved?

BEFORE, you were “drinking” information through a soft drink’s straw. NOW, you are “drinking” information from a hydrant as you ain’t seen nothing yet!

“One can examine history, but he / she is urgently obliged to conceive and develop the FUTURE.” – Andres Agostini (Andy)


“If everything is related to everything else,’ we can then state—at the discrete level—that ‘everything interacts proactively with everything else.’ –Andres Agostini (Andy)

“At the non discrete level—managers, consultants, strategists, and authors remind readers ‘to connect all with all.’ In doing so, one makes more fluid, robust, and unpredictable the blurred connections that take place when ‘everything interacts proactively—at the discrete level—with everything else.’…” –Andres Agostini (Andy)

Now, we reached a canonical milestone that requires each one of us to do the best we know NON-STOP-LY. Back in the eighties, life was much easier, say, in the West. It is difficult not to feel nostalgia for those at-ease times. A great Scotsman speaks about this in length. He, Eamonn Kelly, works for Global Business Network (Kelly is GBN’s CEO). He authored a great book, ‘Powerful Times’. Thereby, ZERO EASINESS AND NONE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS, ARE NEVER EVER VIABLE IN THIS FLUID EPOCH. If one were to apologize subsequently, (please) not me, not me.

We have been called to revolt and act upon many techniques and methods compiled and compatible with a technocratic revolution. But to get the maximum output, the musical must be choreographed (processes stemming from the respective throughput) and, above all, acted based on ‘esprit de corps’ unanimity. By the way, I am into frictionless capitalism, though I seriously doubt that the worldwide stock markets will be the same. It is, at least, as important to determinedly look after the legitimate needs, requirements, and expectations of humanity’s social facets. At any rate, such humanity needs a viable economic work of reference, especially with so many in needs.

By the same token I, too, strongly believe in assisting the people as a humanitarian in extremis. I’m a centrist + independent (without foolish ideologies, dogmas, doctrines) and within TRUE DEMOCRATIC VALUES AND PRACTICES, OBSERVANT OF UNIVERSAL VALUES.

Incumbents, the civilization in its entirety, are entrusted with seeing (that is, seeing with the granularity of detail) the big picture, namely the FLOWING, OVERRIDING W-H-O-L-E. If one does not comprehend it, seize assistance from a pro. This attempt is not only supreme within civilization’s vested interest, but it’s ―also and indubitably― a sine qua non that humankind must not fail to ignore. Ignoring it will be foolish for lack of a more grotesque profanity. Let’s keep in consideration, ‘an ignored issue is a problem invitation’ (Dr. Henry Kissinger). To further illustrate this whitepaper’s focus, ‘a problem can never be resolved at the same level of knowledge that was created.’ (Einstein).

Can Andy recommend a success prescription for the presently-shifting Eon, let’s state yea! As ensues (metaphorically speaking):

Picture mentally radiantly.
Draw outside the canvas.
Color outside the vectors.
Sketch sinuously.
Far-sight beyond the mind’s intangible exoskeleton.
Abduct indiscernible falsifiable convictions.
Reverse-engineering a gene and a bacterium or, better yet, the genome.
Guillotine the over-weighted status quo.
Learn how to add up—in your own mind— colors, dimensions, aromas, encryptions, enigmas, phenomena, geometrical and amorphous shapes, methods, techniques, codes, written lines, symbols, contexts, semantic terms, magnitudes, latitudes, longitudes, hunches, so forth.
Project your wisdom wealth onto communities of timeless-connected wikis.
Cryogenize the infamous illiterate by own choice and ressuciate (multiverse teleporting out of a warped passage) Da Vinci, Bonaparte, Goethe, and Einstein.
Organize relationships into voluntary associations that are mutually beneficial and accountable for contributing productively to the surrounding community.
Practice the central rule of good strategy, which is to know and remain true to your core business and invest for leadership and R&D.
Kaisen it all unthinkably and thoroughly by recombinant, Gendaken-motorized judgment.
Provide a roadmap for drastically compressing the time it will take you to get on the top of the job, nonetheless of your organizational level.
With the required knowledge and relationships imbedded in organizations, create support for, and carry out transformation initiatives.
Offer a tested pathway for addressing the linked challenges of personal transition and organizational transformation that confront leaders in the first few months in a new tenure.
Foster momentum by creating virtuous cycles that build credibility and by avoiding getting caught in vicious cycles that harm credibility.
Institute coalitions that translate into swifter organizational adjustments to the inevitable stream of changes in personnel and environment.
Mobilize the overriding energy of many others in your organization.
Step outside the boundaries of the framework system when seeking a problem solution.
Describe to yourself how you connected those blurred dotted-lines into an outputted radiantly thinking, i.e. fruitful idea!
Fail swiftly to embolden an even faster success. FAILURE IS, IN EFECT, SUCCESS UNDERGOING PREPARATION AND AWAITING TO BEING UNLEASHED. Take this entrepreneurial habit to being re-written up onto the corporate genome. Now, the corporate genome is ‘open source’ to the specific wiki within the boundaries of the firm’s intranet. Remember: keep refining it by speedily upgrading it.”
Ask yourself to imagine you have fast forwarded into implementation of the plausible and implausible FUTURES, so that the learned imaginations are brought into fruitful use in the ever-flowing PRESENT.
In order to do your ultimate, you must foresight / far-sight beyond the FUTURES’ line, to propel yourself beyond it at your light speed.
Capitalize on the energy, creativity, and goodwill that boosted you to envision successful, but plausible scenarios, precluding your risk to dissipating that momentum and having to start implementation from a standstill.
Consider and prepare (well in advance) for contingencies that are reasonably and unreasonably foreseeable.
Communicate to your deal-making crew members’ key lessons about the other side, their operating style, their communication style, how they manage relationships, and how they manage commitments.
Gain firsthand knowledge of what the folks (those with whom you’re negotiating deals) on the other side really care about, what their corporate idiosyncrasy is, what their objectives are, who their shareholders are, and what the potential implementation barriers may be.
Be the beaver—whatever your line of practice— whose eagerness drives you into rogue and subtle and perennial SKUNKS-WORKS with an overbearing and overriding boundaryless performance.
Build stakeholders into the road map conducive to an organizational culture of iconoclasts (your crew) who marshal into capturing breakthroughs and their implementation.
Learn, prevent, mitigate, enhance, streamline, distill, and EXPLOIT!
Be your own worst critic of your thinking process and behavior so that you decimate your imperfections swiftly and increasingly and for good. You goal is that said process allow your optimal purposes to leave off “perfect” (bad-taste stasis) for “perfectionist” (continuously agitating homeostasis into a sovereign’s gusto). Thereby, you’ll be not only a better management practitioner, but a nobler person.
Be anxious to move on to the next scientific discovery implementation.
The Success Ultimatum: Harvest and apply lessons learned until your last exhalation.
Proactively support consistency, transparency, accountability, responsibility, and truism, as you integrally become a universal law-abiding citizen.
Tell the World unambiguously: What purpose do you serve?
Devise new realities to sculpt multiple ways of creating success in order to rise transcendence.
Work in a challenging yet gratifying and learning environment, in which your talents are recognized and rewarded.

MORE AGOSTINI SUCCESS TENETS AT THE ENSUING, DESIGNATED TITLE.
Additionally, it is good and timely to remember some of Napoleon's wise words. I consider Napoleon an ultimate authority on applied 'Scientific Systems Methodology,' even as per our present-times standards. Napoleon (a noted Corsican of Italian heritage who overtook and led the French Empire grandiosely) firmly suggested boys, graduated from the 'lyceum' (high school) and honorably discharged from the army, to master two vital disciplines. One was the ENGLISH language and the other was SCIENCE. Voltaire (a great French intellect), too, emphasized the essentiality of this language.

“Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” – David Starr Jordan

THE GRAVEST GLOBAL CRISIS—AMONG THE WHOLE ARRAY OF GLOBAL CRISES— IS EXACTLY THE UNIVERSAL VIOLATIONS AGAINST MORALITY AND ETHICS. If this one is not on-goingly, fluidly for good. Only fixed for real, there is no need to attempt to tackle up the solutions for including the global crises of the economy and climate.

There are many ill and evils that can be extracted from this perpetually forthcoming FUTURE of the as-of-now kingdom. Believe me that science and technology applied with ethics to the ultimate good of humankind is already here and will not stop to becoming even more available and pervasive to our best advantage. But if you use a Machiavelli’s stratagem to steal a candy from a little kid—and this is practiced more and more generalized over the world—world’s society is very, very sick.

To this specific front, (von) Goethe reminds us, “If everyone would just sweep their own front porch, the whole world would be clean.”

Active solidarity and active compassion while engaged in social causes lager’s than anyone’s self interest. It should not be considered inconsequential, foolish, and even ridiculous. If we truly wish the world to be sustained in viability at it develops the human potential for the greatest good, we must go back to some, life-to-death essentials. Those essentials, that the human race must pay detailed attention to, have to do with us all becoming industriously into being and compassionate to everyone detailed attention to, have to do with us all becoming industriously into being and compassionate to everyone without a fail. “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”

“Omniscience is the only salvation of Earth (a) if stringent and absolute morality and ethics are universally practiced by the totality of individuals, and (b) if, concurrently, the 700-billion inhabitants collaborate lavishly and fluidly .” – Andres Agostini (Jan/24/2009), 4:23 p.m. – Arlington, Virginia, USA at www.AgostiniWorks.blogspot.com

Finally, as we remove ourselves from the effort of rescuing the world from calamities, we might, just might, end up saving civilization.

WHO IS NOT THE LEADER IN MILLENNIUM 3 (INFRA-LEADERSHIP) ?
BY ANDRES AGOSTINI

I respect all POVs. I respect all professions. I respect all occupations. I respect all Credos. Everything said within the rule of law, stemming from a Democratic stance, I respect.

Many people notoriously and outrageously insist that leaders are just people with energy, inspiration (and inspirational) qualities, with great interpersonal skills, REGARDLESS OF THE INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL. Just that and nothing more to be included in the trait profile. This might have worked in Centuries 19 and 20. These times that is THOROUGHLY IMPOSSIBLE.

In this case and in my case, I do not support anarchists who are permanently challenging democracy and civility. Subsequently, intellectual capital here represents updated, leading exact sciences to the most. Clearly, all other disciplines are also important but come in subordinated.

In Europe and Latin American (Romanic World), with the great exception of the UK, an intellectual is, most of the times, a person who knows a lot about everything with a marking dislike for TRUE SCIENCE.

None of those are the leaders who I and we care for in our researching towards management and business. We do respect their personas though. Many of the mentioned people get their proximity to Applied State Of the Art with no basis, speculating from superficiality, and, in my opinion, making many mistakes that I will not enumerate now.

Nonetheless, there is something I can offer the reader. There are things that either are not believed or shocked the mind of the Infra-Leader in these (right-now) forceful times, unless your mindset is science-driven indeed.

Ensuing you’ll find astonishing, BUT SCIENTIFICALLY TRUE, facts and figures on our DNA, as Genomics makes increasing progression. READ IT CAREFULLY AND NOTE IT CALMLY.

AS FOLLOWS:

“Most of your genetic information is contained within the double-stranded DNA molecules that reside within the nuclei of your cells. DNA molecules are so large that if the coiled DNA of a single cell were unraveled into a straight line, it would stretch more than 6 feet; if all the DNA in the human body were put to end, IT WOULD REACH TO THE SUN AND BACK MORE THAN 600 TIMES.”

QUESTION: How knowledgeable—in a ‘Society of KNOWLEDGE’—does an efficacious leader must be, immeasurably propelled by ruling science and technology?
Precautionary note: (Self) Precluded Science Immersion Equates to ZERO LEADERSHIP WITHOUT A FAIL.

LEADERS ARE BROUGHT THROUGH THE FOLLOWING TRANSITIONS, THAT WE CALL THE 'SEVEN SEISMIC SHIFTS':
• Specialist to Generalist
• Differentiator to Integrator
• Tactician to Strategist
• Warrior to Corporate Diplomat
• Bricklayer to Architect
• Problem-solver to Problem-finder
• Role-holder to Role-model

QUOTATION REGARDING SUCCESS AND LEADERSHIP:

Confucius:
“When we see men (many in the planet’s civilization) of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”

Evelyn Underhill:
“After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life (the entire of Earth and all of the respective species, including the Homo Sapiens Sapiens).”

Winston Churchill:
“The empires of the FUTURE are the empires of the MIND.”

Thomas Jefferson:
“I prefer the stories of the FUTURE than history (PAST).”

Martin Luther King:
“Life is like a besieged city surrounded on all sides…Each of us has a place on the wall to defend and no one can stand where another stands, but nothing prevents from calling encouragement to one another?”

EVELIN LINDNER:
“Pessimism is a luxury of good times… In difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence.”

PETER F. DRUCKER:
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER:
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

ALEX NOBLE:
If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

ANNA PAVLOVA:
To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.

BARBARA JORDAN:
All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you've got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you're going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI:
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN:
There are no gains without pains.

BERNADETTE DEVLIN:
Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.

BESSIE STANLEY:
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.
published 11/30/1905 in the Lincoln (Kansas) Sentinel - an adaptation of this is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, though nothing like it has been found in his writings.

COCO CHANEL:
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

CORITA KENT:
Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

CORITA KENT:
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

DAVID BRINKLEY:
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.

DEMOSTHENES:
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

ELAINE MAXWELL:
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.

ELBERT HUBBARD:
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is part of the penalty for greatness, and evey man understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness.

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX:
One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

EMILY DICKINSON:
Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT:
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT:
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT:
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

G. K. CHESTERTON:
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER:
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

HAVELOCK ELLIS:
It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.

HELEN KELLER:
I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU:
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU:
I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

HENRY FORD:
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right. also attributed to Mary Kay Ash

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW:
The heights by great men reached and kept / Were not attained by sudden flight, / But they, while their companions slept, / Were toiling upward in the night.

HERBERT B. SWOPE:
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.

J.C. PENNEY:
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.

JAMES A. FROUDE:
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

JOHN C. MAXWELL:
The depth of your mythology is the extent of your effectiveness.

JONATHAN KOZOL:
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. On Being a Teacher

LILY TOMLIN:
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

LLOYD JONES:
Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed. (adapted)

LOUIS L'AMOUR:
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.

MARGARET MEAD:
I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.

MARIE EBNER VON ESCHENBACH:
Conquer, but don't triumph.

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON:
To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world -- that I am able to change it in positive ways.

MAYA LIN:
To fly, we have to have resistance.

MICHAEL KORDA:
To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES:
Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

PABLO PICASSO:
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general; if you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

PEARL S. BUCK:
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

PEARL S. BUCK:
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

PEARL S. BUCK:
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:
Self-trust is the first secret of success.

RICHARD BACH:
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY:
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

SAMUEL SMILES:
It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

SAMUEL SMILES :
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.


THOMAS ALVA EDISON:
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

THOMAS WOLFE:
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

URSULA K. LE GUIN:
Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.

VACLAV HAVEL:
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

VANESSA REDGRAVE:
Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.

VINCE LOMBARDI:
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

VINCE LOMBARDI:
Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.

WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON:
The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.

WILLIAM LYON PHELPS:
This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.

WILLIAM M. WINANS:
Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.

WILLIAM MENNINGER:
Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.

WILLIAM SAROYAN:
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.

WINSTON CHURCHILL:
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

NOTE: All quotations not otherwise cited are from the interviews conducted by the author or personal communications sent to the author.

‒ Andy
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