Welcome. Thanks for visiting. This website is dedicated to the proposition that mankind is endowed with certain unalienable capabilities, that among these are consciousness and intelligence …. We hold these truths to be evident:
1. Intelligence can prevail even in organizational and institutional settings.
For a fraction of the cost of traditional management consulting, Applied Research Mentoring enables you and your organization to build your understanding and capabilities (not theirs) and better seize opportunities, yielding tangible intelligence dividends.
2. Applied research can be more broadly and beneficially understood and implemented.
ARMs for the Rest of Us encompasses articles, lessons, stories and interactive exercises to bring to you the benefits, insight, and power derived from knowledge application.
3. Knowledge production need not be restricted to an exclusive technological elite
Since 2016, I've worked to establish and develop a new professional doctorate in Strategic Leadership at the newly expanded Jefferson University. This is not academics for academia, but rather an unconventional program to develop broadly beneficial working knowledge.
4. Academic research may often be rigorous; industrial research may often be apt. But research that's rigorous AND relevant is rare outside of the massive funding supporting military and high priced medical investigations.
5. Bio +. Most everything in America (and in my experience, throughout the world) that's broadcast over the airwaves, on the web, and especially on cable “news” is an insult to intelligence. And most of what's inflicted on the captive audiences of most classroom up to and including graduate programs are little better.
As time permits, I try to provide material and sources that are not an affront to sensibilities. Intelligence, as such, rare though it is, provides intrinsic as well as extrinsic rewards.
So, have a look around. If you would you be so kind, please sign our guest book (beta) or email me to let us know what you think and what brings you here. We would love to hear from you. Really. Maybe even meet someday!
For now, (cyber)cheers! To a great journey together and the hope that intelligence of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1961) Presidential Farewell Address
- Lewis, Michael (2019) The Fifth Risk. Norton.
- 1] Allusions to Thomas Jefferson's 1776 U.S. Declaration of Independence and to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. I changed the part about hold any truths to be self-evident; everything we do here is based on actual empirical evidence. (Apologies for drawing exclusively on US history; but these are important world documents. I do aim beyond America throughout almost all the work and the rest of the site.)
- 2] Writing about the Trump administration, Michael Lewis (2019) writes: "Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it's better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview."
- 3] President Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning in his Farewell Address of the growing power of the military industrial complex is fairly widely known, but his other parting warning in that speech is practically lost to history: "… in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."
- 4] An adaptation of Lincoln's concluding plea at Gettysburg.