Amen To Musk!

I am not part of the cult of personality that surrounds Elon Musk. However, I had to post a link to this CNBC story–even though I have “already” posted today–because I wholeheartedly agree with his opinion. He believes that the problem with corporate America is that it has TOO MANY MBAs.

I have railed in this blog against the hyper-credentialism that has taken over America. Too many people cannot or will not think outside the box for solutions. The next person in job x does not have to be an exact clone of the last person in that job.

Of course, this plague has had a profound effect on me as I know it has kept me from finding an interesting and fulfilling work situation. I know that the structural and institutional barriers that keep me from being more productive are most formidable. However, a very small part of me still hopes those arbitrary and wasteful barriers can be overcome.

 

#AmenToMusk!

#CredentialsAreOverrated

#IAmNOTObsolete

#TooManyMBAs

#disaffectedmusings

 

Goodbye, Mr. Tudball

My condolences to the family and friends of Tim Conway. He brought so much laughter to so many people he could be considered a national treasure. Not a fan of YouTube as it is part of the Google Evil Empire, but here is a Mr. Tudball/Mrs. Wiggins sketch.

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I am, once again, “under the weather.” I have a viral infection in my throat that last night gave me the second worst sore throat I’ve ever experienced, second only to the throat pain I felt when I was stricken with mononucleosis in college. It’s only been two months since I got over the nasty upper respiratory bug that knocked me out for almost a month. Any ideas as to how I can avoid being sick like this?

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What was Albert Einstein doing when he wrote the four papers that marked his annus mirabilis? Surely he was a professor at an esteemed institution. Wrong! He was working as a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office.

It was a priest (Giovanni Caselli) who invented the fax machine, not someone with a Ph.D. in a science discipline. By the way, the fax is older than the telephone. Caselli’s fax system used telegraph infrastructure.

As I have written before (including here) America is drowning in credential-ism. I must once again rant against the system. My alma mater bestowed upon me an Alumni Award of Excellence. Despite receiving rave reviews from the students I taught there in a couple of classes, the school could not see its way clear to allow me to teach 1-2 classes a semester of my choosing probably because I don’t have a Ph.D. I have accomplished more in sports than any Ph.D. in Sports Management. I have accomplished more in my field than most Ph.D.s regardless of field.

My recent talk at my alma mater received rave reviews from the education professionals in the audience. How is it that the school cannot find a role for me?

Academic achievement is not the only type of achievement that matters or should matter, even in the venue of academia. Accreditation and other such fiefdom-protection schemes are solely for the purpose of limiting and controlling competition. Institutions of “higher learning” have become ossified structures overcome by political correctness and fiefdom protection. Maybe I’m just howling at the moon, but if I don’t express these thoughts on occasion, I will really go crazy.

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To soothe my soul:

 

 

The Red Rocket aka my 2016 Corvette Z06.

 

#TimConway

#AlbertEinstein

#GiovanniCaselli

#saynotocredentialism

#somanycarsjustonelife

#disaffectedmusings

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