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Power1 presents itself as such a simple term. Over time, humanity, doing what it does best, has conflated possession of physical assets and other ‘stuff’ as a necessary requirement to ’being powerful’.

In the past more stuff = more power.

If one could not accumulate more stuff on their own, people would cluster together with other like-minded individuals into institutions. These institutions would, over time, consolidate their thoughts and actions around repeatable thought ∞ action patterns or processes which created more power for the institutions, which indirectly benefitted the clustered individuals.

To house all the rules and the individuals deployed to enforce the institution’s rules, physical buildings were created. Soon powerful institutions of all types (governments, military, education, commercial, and more…) consolidated their power to and for themselves. The result: individuals lost their identity.

Currently, and moving into the near future,
the traditional institution’s ability to make its way in the world (power) is imploding.

The cumulative effect of computing and networking technologies (software…like machine learning, hardware…like self-driving cars, digital transactional ledgers known as blockchains and more…), is updating and upgrading the meaning and the implication of power far more than ever could have been imagined in the past.
More importantly, this machine learning is not only delivering more value than the above described humanly-contrived power systems with humans ‘in control’, it is also, at-the-same-time, all-the-time, in an ongoing fashion, expected to continue for quite some time into the future.

Power is on the move…


  1. power |ˈpou(ə)r| noun
    the ability to do something or act in a particular way,…- -New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. 

Our use of the word design has evolved to fuse both ‘the thinking and the doing’ of a plan or strategy into a single meaning, where thought and action are inseparable and happen simultaneously, and do so in an ongoing fashion over extended amounts of time. It is through this deeper “thinking as doing” over time that has been key to providing deeper levels of value to ourselves, and those we serve.

The above has proved to be even more valuable as what is known today as the Internet of Things (IoT) meets blockchain technologies (also becoming known as The Ledger of Things or LoT).

In every day use, we simply refer to this phenomena as “The IoT meets the LoT” or “LoT∞IoT”. We understand Lot∞IoT looks confusing when written without spaces. It helps us remind ourselves, in many ways, that’s exactly what is happening…

The reason is because machines think and and now do things faster than conventional step-by step, or linear human ∞ thought interaction models allow.

Power is on the move and has gone nonlinear. “

more fully…

“With the linking of information technologies, remote sensors and artificial intelligence, power, the ability to do something, or act in a particular way, can no longer be contained by conventional linear planning and action models.”

The speed of the IoT ∞ LoT flips the conventional worldview that our data revolve around us. We need to continuously, in an ongoing fashion, and over extended amounts of time, revolve around and evolve with our data.

Fred Brooks, by way of his book The Design of Design, helps us tremendously with the importance of understanding what design is, and what it is not, how it moves and how to benefit from planning without getting caught in or dependent on ‘the process.’

Here’s a sample of Fred’s practical insights:

YOU CAN’T ACCELERATE a nine-month pregnancy by hiring nine pregnant women for a month. Likewise, says University of North Carolina computer scientist Fred Brooks, you can’t always speed up an overdue software project by adding more programmers; beyond a certain point, doing so increases delays.
—Wired Magazine’s Master Planner: Fred Brooks Shows How to Design Anything

So what does ‘design’ mean? We will stick with Fred’s version that has served us so well over the years:

What is Design?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb design as

To form a plan or scheme of, to arrange or conceive in the mind…
for later execution.

The essentials of this definition are plan, in the mind, and later execution. Thus, a design (noun) is a created object,  preliminary to and related to the thing being designed, but distinct from it.  Dorthy Sayers, the English writer and dramatist, in her magnificent and thought-provoking book The Mind of the Maker, breaks the creative process out further into three distinct aspects. She calls them The Idea, The Energy (or Implementation), and the Interaction, that is,

1. The formulation of the conceptual constructs
2. Implementation in real media
3. Interactivity with users in real uses

—Fredrick P. Brooks, 2010 The Design of Design, Boston, MA, Pearson Education, Inc.

 

The cumulative effect of computing and networking technologies (software like machine learning, hardware like self-driving cars, digital transactional ledgers known as blockchains and more…), is updating and upgrading the meaning and the implication of power at a greater velocity than ever could be imagined in the past.

More importantly, this machine learning is not only delivering more value than the past’s humanly-contrived power systems with humans ‘in control’, it is also, at-the-same-time, all-the-time, in an ongoing fashion, expected to continue for quite some time into the future.

We see all things in the physical world are connected.

All things are not only connected, but they have an on-going, all-the-time, in-real-time interaction between the entities noted. When we speak of power being ‘on the move’, we speak of the multi-dimensional, omnidirectional surges, purges and progressions of infinity itself and found throughout the physical world…

When power moves it can be overwhelming. Since each of us learns in different styles, speeds and seasons, holding space is agnetic’s way of recognizing you as an individual. This transfer of power is managed by the recipient, not agnetic. You may need to have space held for days, weeks, months, even years, but it will be OK.

When the time is right, there will be an opening neither of us may see coming. We will be ready for you.

[Note:  What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well, Heather Plett’s inspiring, compassionate article so moved us, we incorporated into our daily lives.]

what does agnetic mean by ‘No Malice’?

For us no malice begins with the intention or desire to do no evil or ill will 1

It continues with…

the systematic, repeatable, and scalable process of humans holding just enough time, space & power for each of us to show what we see…

so ‘what we think we are hearing’ can be made clear…

until all the ‘this will never work’ is cleared out…

until potentials of ‘what may work’ are revealed…

until the above ‘thought experiments’ give way to peer group parallel activity streams that are back checked by informed consent2

  1. malice |ˈmaləs|noun

    the intention or desire to do evil; ill will: I bear no malice toward anybody.

    • Law wrongful intention, especially as increasing the guilt of certain offenses.

    ORIGIN

    Middle English: via Old French from Latin malitia, from malus ‘bad.’

    -New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.
  2. here we use informed consent to mean:‘permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.”

    (See way below for full definition.)

    …and with informed consent by all, all gain the best of what peer-to-peer learning systems have to offer…

    without being slowed down by those seeking to “saddle the peer group’s already galloping horse” (see below)

    or in technical terms

    ”without someone seeking to leverage their way into the role of central power intermediary…”

    …more here:

    Matt Ridley layouts in his book The Evolution of Everything

    “In 1965 Edwin West, a British economist at Newcastle University who later moved to Canada, published his now famous account of private education, Education and the State, in which he argued that the imposition of a state education system from 1870 in Britain, with compulsion from 1880, in effect simply “displaced a growing and healthy private schooling system that would have continued to develop.

    In West’s vivid phrase, the government merely ‘jumped into the saddle of a horse that was already galloping’.”

    Excerpt From: Ridley, Matt. “The Evolution of Everything.” HarperCollinsPublishers

    ——

    consent |kənˈsent|

    noun

    permission for something to happen or agreement to do something: no change may be made without the consent of all the partners.

    verb no object

    give permission for something to happen: he consented to a search by a detective.

    • agree to do something: he had consented to serve on the panel.

    PHRASES

    by common consent

    with the agreement of all: it was, by common consent, our finest performance.

    informed consent

    permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.

    -New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.

∞ How to move effectively in the moment:

 » What to say…

 » How to be…

 » How to tap into the signals presented to improve your power presentation, and more…

…one of those ‘and  more’  is…

The focus is how machine learning led tactical power
collapses all leverage-based led strategies.

Know-how is a term for practical knowledge, better known as common sense, on how to accomplish something, that complements

know-what (facts)
know-why (science)
know-who (communication)

Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalising it.

For example

People who conflate, lack an updated understanding of common sense:

∞1 sliver bullets and shortcuts are unsustainable, don’t tap into the power presented by machine learning, the physical world, and more…

∞2 tactical interactions, layer by layer is what works: e.g. present and unpack cluster…layer by layer, then move on to the next cluster…embrace, not avoid clusters.

The opposite of tacit knowledge is explicit knowledge.

With so much going on, from so many directions all at the same time, we find calling it as we see it keeps our perception and decision making in sync with what is happening in the physical world.

Is there ever a time to stop and analyze? Yes, but more often than not in an ‘after-action’ series of dialogs. Once the decision to act has been made, we all think and do (design) in-real-time as well as making real-time course corrections as we go.

In short, when we engage with the physical world, agility counts. quickness1 counts.

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them is important. But it is not the only thing. Many times, taking all the time upfront to completely understand a situation2  is what causes us to miss something.

There are ways to not miss anything.

The way we try to avoid the big as well as the subtle things that grow to be significant is to remember

how all power systems in the physical world are designed to grow…

∞with vertical growth, comes simultaneous horizontal growth

∞roots spread to provide stabilization for the shoots

∞shoots develop leaves to create an energy flow back to the roots

repeatable, scalable, simultaneous, without outside or direct intervention…

in other words naturally symbiotic.


  1. quickness |ˈkwiknəs| noun
    1. the quality of moving fast or doing something in a short time: an athlete with outstanding quickness and agility.
    2. the quality of being prompt to understand, think, or learn: his quickness of mind gained him the respect of all parties. —New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.
  2. situation |ˌsiCHəˈwāSH(ə)n|noun
    1 a set of circumstances in which one finds oneself; a state of affairs: the situation between her and Jake had come to a head —New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc.
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Do-it-yourself solutions, especially when it comes to developing and deploying new tactics, may not be the best solution.

White-labeling avoids pitfalls and brings power to you in many ways. Forbes Why A White Label Solution Is Easier Than Building Your Own is a great resource to learn more.

Agnetic’s white-label means your time, talent and treasure can be saved, without giving up your position of power or brand. 

Here’s how Forbes lays it out…

These pitfalls can be easily avoided simply if you opt for a white label solution, rather than building one yourself. “White label” refers to a fully supported product or service that’s made by one company but sold by another. White label products and services are purchased by the latter company without branding. That way, the reseller can customize the product with their own brand, logo and identity, allowing customers to associate the product with the reseller. Meanwhile, the manufacturer can focus on finding cost-effective ways to make the product, without concern for the product’s marketing.

 

We use both.

A workout is a set of interrelated activities and action items where the precondition dynamics are understood and interaction patterns have been developed to effectively deal with the presented set of preconditions.

A growout is similar to a workout but the state of preconditions are not known. So a sense of discovery, looking into the abyss, moving forward with caution until interaction patterns are observed and repeated to the point of recondition.

Our focus is growing a power designer’s (your) understanding of how power moves, so as to improve your capability to move in the world. We do so by showing you how to workout and growout.

The interplay of the preconditions1 of power is important to how power gets done.

These preconditions are:

∞1 the practical knowledge of how power2 is created & moves

∞2 systematically observing the preconditions as power moves on leverage-based assets (platforms, plans, processes, and more…)3

Or as we like to say, “The interoperability of the interactions of the preconditions to power”


  1. precondition | ˌprēkənˈdiSH(ə)n | noun
    a condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done,…
    —New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. 
  2. power | ˈpou(ə)r | noun
    the ability to do something or act in a particular way,…
    –New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. 
  3. Through a no malice presentation style, readers are offered opportunities to hone their own core tactical pathway to power skills » particularly the all important intuitive compare & contrast capability at varying rates consistent with how power moves in the physical world: surges ∞ purges ∞ progressions.