Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Best Sentences I Read Today

The following are some observations based on my 5+ years experience in corporate America.

1. Corporations exist to make money. Bottom line. Therefore, never take it personally. It’s all about business, really.
2. Think.
3. Know your stuff. Stay up-to-date, stay relevant. No one will listen to you if you don’t know what you are talking about. Know you numbers. Inside and out, and be ready to interpret them within and outside contexts.
4. Innovate, be creative. Everywhere and always.
5. Be precise, matter-of-fact kind of precise. Keep your communication short and neutral. No one has time to read emails longer than 5 sentences. No one has time to deal with your attitude.
6. Change is the only constant. Priorities, goals, tasks, people, science, research, structures, teams, knowledge, processes, rules – all change all the time. Find your balance and move forward.
7. Keep your boss informed at all times.
8. Be fair and nice to people next/above/under you. It matters in both short and long runs.
9. Listen to gossips. Listen to what people say.
10. Be neutral. Provide your expert opinion but don’t join ‘camps’. The truth/solution is usually somewhere in the middle.
11. Consensus is nice but sometimes you just have to make decisions without. Period.
12. Be ready to work long hours. And I mean – looong, like 60+ hours/week. It will be worse if you are not productive. But then you won't last long anyway.
13. If possible, avoid human resources. They exist to support the structure, not you.
14. Don’t fight. Especially with your boss. Too bad if your boss is stupid. Or psychopath (most of them are). Determine your tolerance threshold and leave when it’s crossed.
random pages - From Academia to Corporate

Philosophical Republic

Among followers of Strauss, one issue is the importance of politics in the relationship of politics and philosophy. Politics thinks it is the most important human activity because it decides who rules in the world. Every human activity, including the most private matters such as the philosopher’s reflection, takes place under the rule of some authority that protects or permits it. It is philosophy’s business to question this authority and its self-proclaimed importance, and to bring its assertions to the bar of reason and its assurances to the test of eternity. The issue then is whether philosophy’s claim to importance is sovereign over politics so as to eclipse politics, or does philosophy have something to learn from politics in a way that rescues the importance of politics?

Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa both took the latter view, and they studied American politics as a serious subject and America as a kind of philosophical republic.
"Scholars of American Politics: The contributions of Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa" by Harvey Mansfield

Conversations with Bill Kristol: "Harvey Mansfield on Party Government and Modern Political Philosophy"