Adhering to “The MBA oath” helps create a better world

The MBA Oath was mentioned in NPR’s Planet Money Podcast “…about the people and agencies who were supposed to be watching out for the economy, and why all that watching somehow failed to stave off the financial crisis [of 2008].”

Review of TED talk “How great leaders inspire action”

Inspirational leadership begins with what you believe (the why), not how or what. After listening to this podcast, I started looking at things I always felt were not quite right and have to hand it to Simon Sinek. I think he got it right. Quotable: “The goal is to sell to people who believe what you believe. … Hire people who believe what you believe. … People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

“Why are you bringing a paper map?”

My brother in-law said to me as we prepared for an 8 hour cross-Canada journey. “Why not just use your smartphone?”  I said a cheeky “You will see” but felt guilty and proceeded to explain that reality does not match expectations. That is, most rural areas are little connected… if at all. During that journey we relied exclusively on the paper maps and were without cell phone service for at least 3 hours of that journey.

The fact of the matter is, our expectation is that connectivity to the Internet is a utility. But it is not formally assigned this distinction by our governments and the corresponding policy. So the delivery of the internet, or broadband as it is more truly called, is not up to par. It’s not that we don’t have the technology, or the money, it’s that the game is not setup to win.

Here are two fun stories of rural broadband challenges that you probably never thought of from the UK (the problem is a global issue):

Boaters left high and dry in broadband rollout?

Rural broadband: Microwave radio link brings fast connection to remote village

Global average internet speed has surpassed 4Mbps

Akamai, reports that the Global average internet speed has surpassed 4Mbps, which is the threshold for the definition “Broadband”. Broadband is the term used to describe the basic level of service required to realize economic prosperity in the coming digital future. If your speed is below this you are now below the global average, not just your country average. 83.58% of people in Canada are at or above Broadband speeds.

Akamai State of the Internet maps:


Geographic Smartphone Use

In your city, how many users are iPhone, Android, Blackberry? Twitter use has revealed geographic usage patterns The statistician in me always questions this though. Maybe Blackberry & Android users are less likely to use twitter? (of my extended family, who has ~ 2 iPhones & 5 android – none of us tweet from our phones) However, it’s better than nothing. Here’s the city of Calgary: