• Escape Velocity: Rocket – Part 1 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Nov 21, 2014
    A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. That definition quite surprised me.  It’s from the same source as the image above, and essentially ties a rocket to its engine.  The definition continues:  “Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellants carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction. Rocket engines push rockets forward simply by throwing their exhaust...
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  • Escape Velocity: Rocket – Part 1 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Nov 21, 2014
    A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. That definition quite surprised me.  It’s from the same source as the image above, and essentially ties a rocket to its engine.  The definition continues:  “Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellants carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction. Rocket engines push rockets forward simply by throwing their exhaust...
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  • Throwback Thursday - WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO “CASH IS KING”? Part 3

    by Mike Starling | Nov 20, 2014
    PART III: STUFFING THE PIGGY BANK BEATS HANGING OUT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: Emulating Dad’s no nonsense nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic, Junior busied himself in aisle 2, the non-perishable sector of the family food-storage warehouse. Dutifully reviewing and working to fill the customer order pick-ticket he clutched in his left hand, he paused in front of bay 3 and reached up to level 2 to pluck six of “Aunt Janie’s Butter Salted Biscuits, 10oz tin, in...
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  • The Thumbprint of God

    by Nico Scopelliti | Nov 19, 2014
    There are no straight lines in nature and certainly no squares or rectangles formed of them. You won't find any perfect circles, either. Ripples and rainbows and the rings of Saturn come close, but "a perfect circle is a geometrical idealization," as John Adam, mathematics professor at Old Dominion University, says. Therefore, we can imagine them, and we may even be able to create a close approximation of finite precision, but they certainly don't exist in nature. What does exist in nature,...
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  • Scale & Scaling of DSTO – Part 1 of 2

    by David Schneider | Nov 18, 2014
    One of the reasons I don’t agree with the logic of depicting Strategy and Tactics as a pyramid is the idea that Strategy belongs in the executive suite and Tactics on the floor. The pyramid structure ignores how Doctrine, Strategy, Tactics, and Operations can scale up and down an organization, and it ignores how you can observe all four components at work in the boardroom and the break room. Let me use a military situation to illustrate. Let’s assume the Doctrine of the battle is...
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  • An Example of a DSTO Process

    by David Schneider | Nov 17, 2014
    The best way of thinking about the closed loop Doctrine, Strategy, Tactics and Operations (DSTO) Process is to work an example. Let’s first examine the process loop. From the top, the Doctrine—the guiding principles of the enterprise—starts the process. Examination of the principles defines why the enterprise exists. Doctrine defines the purpose for the actions that management takes. Leadership, vertically throughout the organization, defines the strategic commitments...
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  • Escape Velocity: Down

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Nov 14, 2014
    How high do your emotions rise?  How far down do they fall? Before I selected the understated image above, I was thinking about images from the rim of the Grand Canyon, or the top of the Empire State building, looking down from dizzying heights.  I hate to share it, but I even thought of images of those poor souls on September 11, 2001, who leaped from the World Trade Center towers as well.  Far more joyously, I thought of images of our beautiful planet from space, perhaps the...
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  • Throwback Thursday - WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO “CASH IS KING”? Part 2

    by Mike Starling | Nov 13, 2014
    PART II - Junior seeks out the WIZARD for SAGE ADVICE… LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE: JUNIOR was always a worrier. He worried about whether there would be enough milk tomorrow morning for his corn flakes. He worried that the toilet would not flush each time he flicked the handle. He worried that he didn’t understand the importance of operating cash flow to the survival of Dad’s business. He worried about how long the current recessionary economic cycle would last. He worried that Dad...
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