>September ’10: The Month in Posts

>Now is the time of the month when I have tasked myself to reexamining my previous posts. Both to weed out the bad and incomplete and to select the best of the best. This month has been on of the most difficult months for me to select the best from the rest. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I am humbly proud of the compositions that have flowed through me. All that I can say with confidence is that I’m getting really good at capturing my own thoughts in writing—whether or not I am communicating clearly to others, and whether or not I am correct, remains to be seen.

Composition and Execution, part 1 – September 5, 2010

In my last post, I arrived at the conclusion that the fundamental difference between what I call “creators” and “performers” is in their focus on either composition or execution, respectively. I think it will be valuable to further explore the implications of this conclusion for a variety of societal roles. (read more)

Parental Guidance – September 7, 2010

“Parental Guidance” implies the parents’ involvement. It is not meant to serve merely as a gauge of whether or not a child is allowed to watch something. It is as foolish to keep difficult media from a child who may learn lessons from it, as it is to blindly hand any media to a child regardless of the content’s rating or the child’s preparedness. Media is not a babysitter! (read more)

Initiative and Ambition – September 15, 2010

There is a myth that creative people don’t like to take initiative. In today’s execution-focused, performance-based world of work, initiative is seen mostly as an interpersonal quality which sets a leader apart from the rest. In reality, creative people simply have a less visible form of initiative. Because they compose a work as their primary form of productive action, initiative isn’t seen by outsiders until the work is completed. And even then, it isn’t appreciated on its own merit, but dismissed as “you have to start somewhere.” (read more)

“Revenge of the Introvert” – September 28, 2010

The success culture in the United States is extremely biased toward performance, or “the playing of a prescribed game.” This entails some manner of competition between people or teams, and focuses heavily on sales and marketing. All-in-all this requires skills native predominantly to the extravert. This means that a great number of introverts are being forced or are forcing themselves into roles (particularly at work) that are “counter-dispositional.” Either that, or they settle for mediocrity at work, keeping their passions as hobbies. (read more)

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