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DAC Leadership Framework

From the article “Direction, alignment, commitment: Toward a more integrative ontology of leadership by Wilfred H. Drath, Cynthia D. McCauley, Charles J. Palus, Ellen Van Velsor, Patricia M.G. O’Connor,  and John B. McGuire. The article was published in Volume 19, Issue 6 of the Leadership Quarterly.

“[W]e propose an ontology in which the essential entities are three leadership outcomes: (1) direction: widespread agreement in a collective on overall goals, aims, and mission; (2) alignment: the organization and coordination of knowledge and work in a collective; and (3) commitment: the willingness of members of a collective to subsume their own interests and benefit within the collective interest and benefit. (A more detailed discussion of these outcomes is presented later.) Adopting such an ontology would mean that talk of leadership would no longer necessarily involve talk of leaders and followers and their shared goals, but would necessarily involve talk of direction, alignment, and commitment. Likewise, to practice leadership would no longer necessarily involve leaders, followers, and their shared goals but would necessarily involve the production of direction, alignment, and commitment (which may or may not involve leaders and followers). We are therefore advocating the idea that leadership theory and practice would be better served in the future by a development in leadership vocabulary at the most basic ontological level.”

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Knowledge Revolution?

http://www.wolframalpha.com/

This new search engine has the potential to change the way we us the internet. Here’s a blog post from Stephen Wolfram explaining how he came up with the idea: http://blog.wolfram.com/2009/05/14/7-years-of-nksand-its-first-killer-app/.

I must admit that I am fascinated by the potential of this project. For my first search I asked “What is the average temperature of Berwyn, IL?” not only was I given an answer, I was given a choice. Did I want to know the average temperature for yesterday? Maybe for the past week? Or was it the past ten years?

If this project is able to sustain itself (unlike Cuil) it will improve our ability to research the internet. Young people that I work with are prone to use the “copy and paste” method from just about any website. This surely leads to funny reports, but does nothing for their grades or research abilities. Wolfram Alpha can help change that.