I'm a bit of a music nerd. My mother grew up with Pop and Rock classics while my father, from rural Georgia, grew up with a lot of Bluegrass and Southern Rock. Neither are really big into music, but finding their old record collections and dusting them off was a treat. The most interesting find, for me, was actually my Uncles collection. He passed when I was very young, and my mother ended up with all of his old records. While my parents were much happier with me listening to more "wholesome" music like The Beatles(which I thoroughly enjoyed, mind you) et al., I was much more interested in what my late uncle listened to at the dawn of the Punk Rock scene. I had a strong affinity for London Calling, which is still one of my favorite albums to this day.
See, Punk was a really interesting genre in the early days. The idea, from the beginning, was to push the boundaries. The Clash, in particular, pushed themselves musically a great deal. While plenty of bands were combining genres onto a single album(The Beatles did that a great deal on the White Album), few really combined genres inside of single songs. The Clash, however, were masters of this. Combining aspects of reggae, blues, pop, and punk all into single tracks. Taking the best elements of each and disregarding the rest. It wasn't useful, you see, it was meaningless to them.
I've been in Distribution Centers where I have heard some fairly strange answers to rather simple questions.
"I'm interested in why you are not using X technology."
"Oh, we're a grocery/retail/electronics/whatever DC, we don't need X."
Why not? What if it helps? What if it's a good technology or system to use?
While I suppose this ties in pretty strongly to my past entry on flexibility, it bears repeating. When a solution to a problem or a more efficient way of managing your operation comes from outside your industry, area of expertise, or even company, it stands to reason that you should examine it, find out why it works, then apply that to your own organization. Throw out the excess, disregard the worthless aspects, and find a way to modify and implement a new solution.
You know, now that I think about it, The Clash have a few more lessons business can learn. For instance, The Clash never settled, and constantly changed their sound while adopting new styles and methods. Hmm.
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