My name is Jonah.
I finsihed reading "The Goal" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Joel mentions this book here: (http://www.joelonsoftware.com/oldnews/pages/November2002.html)
I haven't read the book, but I usually tend to happy music when I am down ...
I used to work with this guy named Marty who was like Jonah in a lot of ways. He was about 65 yrs old at the time, he had two PhDs (physics and economics), and the man's range of experience was startling. He also looked like Captain Ahab or something, so sometimes our interactions would be a little comical. Aside from all the information he had cataloged away, though, the one thing that makes me think of him when Jonah gets mentioned is that he used to question my assumptions mercilessly. He was a good guy to work with.
Isn't the idea to become your own Jonah? I'm trying by reading everything I can about Theory of Constraints (TOC). The intent is that once you learn the thinking processes, you don't need a Jonah. Of course, learning more effective ways of thinking from books is much harder than having a real-life Jonah, but I haven't met any, yet. At least none that I recognized as such, which could be my limitation.
Yeah, I am a big weezer fan.
Actually, I believe the idea is that a Jonah's prime "purpose", if you will, is to help you become a Jonah both to yourself, and to others.
I am halfway through It's not luck - this stuff is a lot clearer now.
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