Keeping the IC Competitive

Technophiles will undoubtedly joke about the first item but that is beside the point . . .

The IC is always trying to bring on the smartest folks it can find, though it constantly errs by equating top-tier academic quals with actual smarts (we’ve lost more clever folks because they lack a piece of paper).

Appreciating a diversity (not the fake kind) of outlook and opinion is something the IC works very hard at squashing. Note that we’re only now moving dissenting opinions from footnotes to full-sized text in NIEs.

And it isn’t that outsiders can’t offer a fresh perspective or new idea, its just that the people in the business should be the first people you go to when you want to know what in the business needs fixing. This doesn’t mean town halls where your executives can practice their Toastmaster skills and only the kooks raise their hands because everyone just wants to keep quiet so the pain will stop.

1 comment for “Keeping the IC Competitive

  1. February 26, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Looking beyond the piece of paper will be a start.
    Really brilliant people, the kind who have ideas that drop jaws and create new fields, rarely fit in smoothly anywhere, including most doctoral programs, which they get through in spite of, not because of, their intelligence. They exist to smash venerated idols and turn sacred cows into tasty burgers.
    Gell-man reading newspapers in class as a grad student, Godel being shepherded by handlers through his citizenship hearing, Szilard’s anti-authority proclivities, the oddities of Isaac Newton or Adam Smith – these quirky eccentricities or genius are not harmonious with bureaucratic careers.
    So the bureaucracies must change and adapt to the talent. We can always make more bureaucracies, we can’t create top tier talent.

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