Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Not a Team Player

This post will be all over the map; my thoughts are a tangled web.

Perhaps writing them down will give me a basis for future posts, or not.

Team play was required just a few centuries ago. It was really tribal affiliation. If you and your tribe did not willingly commit instantly and sacrificially, the whole tribe might vanish under the clubs of a better team.

In yet earlier days the word for stranger and the word for enemy might be the same. It was safer if they were the same.

It is ok to get excited over your local team, it is ok to be aligned with whatever political party your family is aligned. What is not ok is to let your identity become synonymous with a team. During the industrial age teams became a bloated and manipulative concept. All a "team leader" has to do is proclaim a need and all the zombie followers line up and repeat it, endlessly.

You are already pointing at someone saying "That is who he is talking about." No, I'm talking about me, you; - us. We are the followers that have left our brains at the door of our political, educational, and company slogans.

We are entering a new age, six or seven years ago it was called the free agency age or the information society. We call it Netocracy. Some other name may stick as the age becomes more developed.

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out." - Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory

Netocracy will not cause the end of teams, but it will cause their size to shrink and their form to be more fluid.

The points of this potential diatribe are twofold.

Start thinking for yourself. Quit reading emotion laden claptrap that re-affirms what you already believe. Don't read the other sides emotional claptrap either. Read logical prose and think about it.

Start to learn how to work in a new system based on knowledge, integrity, adaptability, and action. Get ready for the death of oversized teams, and the emergence of a more personal future.

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