Monday 6 April 2009

A quotation

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself”.

- Thomas John Watson, Sr.

Thomas Watson was the son of a lumber merchant who worked first for NCR and then the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation (CTR) which he soon renamed to International Business Machines. Under his leadership the company went from 400 employees to a world power-house of computing.

This quotation reminds me of Leonardo da Vinci's thoughts:

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
A thought for a Monday ...


  1. very good stuff but how well does that translate onto the Internet where the vast majority of communication seems to take place these days?

    Let's have a quick peek:
    1. Do one thing at a time-- I guess that rules out Ctrl+Alt+del or is that holy triumvirate considered a single action?

    2. Know the problem -- I wouldn't be posting on yet another help me I am not a geek page if I knew what the problem was.

    3. Learn to listen -- cyberspace is silent

    4. Learn to ask questions-- there is a real boon for cyberspace ask and a million will reply willingly and mostly with your best interests at heart which reveals the caring, sharing of the 21st-century that is not often seen.

    5. Distinguish sense from nonsense -- don't be ridiculous, sense making is for the e-Houdinis!

    6. Accept change as inevitable -- inevitable or relentless?

    7. Admit mistakes -- learning from mistakes is inevitable, admitting mistakes is therefore inevitable the big ask is to whom you admit them.

    8. Say it simple -- notwithstanding, hereinafter, it is axiomatic that describing meaningful questions using a simplistic language provides only an evanescent challenge.

    9. Be calm -- let me get this straight, I have researched and typed my Ph.D. in to this crappy piece of machinery known as a PC and now you're telling me that it is lost all that work is lost -- ALL THAT WORK IS LOST. Industrial strength Prozac would not keep me calm and that is what you need when attempting to teach your parents how to use the computer -- believe me I know, my electricity bill is skyhigh since I diverted the National Grid to provide me with ECT.

    10. Smile -- good advice but harder to read on notepad.

    The 10 point provide good advice but how well they lend themselves to the preferred medium of the 21st-century is another question.

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