This will be an interesting post as it is the first new post I have written since I had a biological challenge last summer (i.e., a health issue requiring surgery, no not a lobotomy). As a result, I'm now part cow, so can't eat beef as it would be cannibalism :)
Most of my posts focus on some aspect of technology or education. This will be a bit different. Most of my career has been technical (yes, manglement too). I have a BSEE degree and have written hundreds of programs during my career. Technology is at the core of my career and hobbies and I like to think in technical terms and use logic.
However, when dealing with staff, I have to address the biologic nature of human-to-human interactions. We like to think logically, like Mr Spock, but in reality, we are analog, chemical-based creatures, getting older daily and continuing to evolve intellectually. Where technology is involved, this can create conflict.
This past summer, I had a health issue requiring major surgery. (I had planned on taking advantage of the scar for Halloween -- I even had the fake blood, but I ran out of time.) I had known since I was 14 that I would have to eventually have surgery to fix this issue, but I guess the warranty was up and I had to pay the bill to upgrade myself this year. This was a reminder that I am a biological entity which requires difficult, analog fixes and long times to recover.... However, I'm better than I've been in 20 years!
Our technology is not to the stage of human-scale Artificial Intelligence and machines completely building new machines, but we are close. We are not yet able to replace parts by powering down, changing a part, and powering backup. However a football quote comes to mind: "wait till next year".
Yes, we live in exciting times!!!!