Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Monday Musings 306 - Monday Musings - Taleb Uninhibited !!

Monday Musings - Taleb Uninhibited !!
Nassim Taleb, the erstwhile trader and present day writer cum philosopher has been and continues to be outrageously provocative, to say the least. One becomes either a diehard fan or a fierce critic – never in between. His earlier book like Incerto, Fooled by Randomness, Black Swan, The Bed of Procusteus have all been incisively provocative.
His latest is ‘Skin in the Game’ – and on the expectation of provocativeness, he does not again.
Since my world is that of corporation and leadership, I have culled out those segments which have enough potency and applicability to stir things up a little in this space.
Enjoy – if you can; Enjoying Taleb requires sharp intellect, thick skin and a strong heart – a combination that is rare.
1. Don’t tell me what you think – just tell me what is in your portfolio
2. Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently removed from the consequences of his/her actions
3. The curse of modernity is that we are increasingly populated by a class of people who are better at explaining than understanding
4. Avoid taking advice from someone who gives advice for a living , unless there is a penalty for their advice
5. Things designed by people without skin in the game tend to grow in complication (without their final collapse)
6. Understanding the genetic makeup of a unit will never allow us to understand the behaviour of the unit itself
7. Someone who is employed for a while is giving you strong evidence of submission
8. What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he/she is afraid of losing
9. People whose survival depends on qualitative ‘job assessment’ by someone of higher rank in an organisation cannot be trusted for critical decisions.
10. The curse of modernity – the IYI people – Intellectual yet Idiot
11. True intellect should not appear to be intellectual
12. People who are bred, selected and compensated to find complicated solutions do not have an incentive to implement simplified ones
13. It is much more immoral to claim virtue without fully living with its direct consequences
14. If your private life conflicts with your intellectual opinion, it cancels your intellectual ideas not your private life
15. Courage is the only virtue you cannot fake
16. How much you truly ‘’believe’’ in something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for it.
17. Not everything that happens happens for a reason, but everything that survives survives for a reason

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