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2015 TOCICO International Conference

Transforming Education Track


Michael Round
MICHAEL ROUND
Founder
Center for autoSocratic Excellence

Transforming the Giant’s Body of Knowledge into Action: Standing on the Shoulders to See Farther
September 8, 2015

This presentation introduces a business information delivery system, allowing one to richly understand the ideas of "the Giants” over the course of a lunch break. "Drowning in an ocean of data”, information proves elusive while good ideas from outside the system often sit atop a stack of unread books. Inventory grows and intellectual throughput stumbles. The "quickstart booklet” format shortens the "batch size” of the Giant’s ideas into digestible, logical chunks, improving intellectual flow, allowing the reader to grasp the essence of a Giant’s idea or philosophy, and search for more – should they desire.

A request of the attendee: there will be approximately 5 QuickStart books available at the website prior to the conference. Read through several of them. Taste the flavor of the project. And bring a "Giant” with you so we can all "stand on their shoulders”.

In Visual Explanations, Edward Tufte showed how the proper presentation of data alone would have prevented the Challenger disaster. What constitutes a "proper presentation”?Dr. Deming’s "red-bead experiment” demonstrates the folly of mistaking "noise” for "signals”. What is a control chart, and how can it be used in my business? The "Trailwalk” in Eli Goldratt’s The Goal shows the devastating effects of dependent events and statistical fluctuation. What is the trailwalk and how do these two ideas manifest themselves in my organization? Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers showed the hidden advantages of "the birthday rule” in sports. How does this same concept apply to HR and promotions? The names are likely familiar, but who has time to read, digest, understand, and most importantly, implement these good ideas in one’s own environment?

And what about other Giants we may not be familiar with? How can "The Prepared Environment” of the Montessori Method aid in the layout of a production floor, or the design of a stove-top? To benefit from Nassim Taleb’s idea of "Antifragile” requires an understanding of the idea. System Dynamics offers invaluable expertise on the nature of feedback loops, but the organization recommends going through multiple training modules to understand the philosophy. Great ideas abound, but remain mere data until put into action, and action requires understanding. A shallow understanding invites risk, while a deep understanding takes time. The typical compromise is the default position:stick with the status quo.

An injection breaking the status-quo stranglehold, allowing us to "stand on the shoulders of Giants”, provides simultaneously a broad and a deep understanding – quickly. Accomplishing this requires not only an understanding of the central ideas, but also their logical connection to the overall philosophy. The quickstart layout seeks to accomplish these goals within the constraints of time by breaking the material into manageable bits visually, assuring context and flow. And if this quickstart booklet is successful, the reader will find themselves leaping to the bookshelf to bring the actual book to life!


MICHAEL ROUND is the former USA Director of TOCFE, owner of Rational Systems, Inc., and founder of the Center for autoSocratic Excellence. Mr. Round has spoken at – and written about – economic, education, and business issues at conferences sponsored by TOC, Deming Institute, General Semantics, A New Kind of Science, and many others. He also operates =EQUALS=, a math, science, programming, and critical thinking club that meets monthly. Mr. Round is also an actuarial / statistical consultant in the insurance field.

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