In our conversation with The Colonel, we reached a crossroad yesterday, lets see where we turn.
Q- Colonel, are you implying that technology is becoming the Right Stuff?
A- Technology is a tool to empower the individual, it can also be a tool that can easily camouflage shortcomings, its a tool that can be used as a convenient excuse. The Right Stuff is an individual, a person, a human intellect with passion and emotions.
Q- The person is the Right Stuff!
A- Absolutely, and only the person, not the technology, never the technology.
Q- There is technology out there that is pretty smart, that can save time, money, increase productivity.
A- I have been a proponent of technology for many years, and I will remain a strong believer in technology. I am also a strong believer that the better technology gets, the better the individual needs to get.
Q- That sounds simplistic!
A- Its so simple that its scary! Technology disseminates knowledge, empowers, compresses time, saves money, shrinks the planet, I better stop. Do we hide behind the technology which is easy to do, or do we step out in front of the technology.
Q- What do you mean?
A- When you have the Right Stuff you step out in front of the technology, you put your behind on the line, you still have a fire in the belly.
Q- Is there a possibility that people might become intellectually lazy?
A- That is a loaded statement! There is the risk that people might become subservient to technology. There is the possibility that large corporations cultivate an atmosphere where technology has a leadership position.
Q- Could you elaborate?
A- We have all been reading about the credit situation in North America, the few that are not directly embroiled in this situation were considered exceptions a few years ago. The folks that made decisions not to get embroiled had the Right Stuff. The technology was directing everyone in a different direction.
Q- How about the automotive industry?
A- The Japanese had numerous challenges to initially get into the North American market, the quickly understood what the Right Stuff was all about, and they nurtured and cultivated the Right Stuff. To the point that when the folks with the Right Stuff at the established manufacturers started retiring no one was prepared to take over.
Q- You hear all over the place that its more demanding, its more challenging, there is more change today?
A- Agreed that its more demanding, and success is more elusive....by how much. If technology can do a myriad of routine tasks and free up time, the human intellect should have an increased opportunity to flourish.
We will continue....hopefully next week.