Wallace Stevens once said, “Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake”.
Well, my own walk has been along a creek. But it did lead me to find my truth.
And, my truth is this: Integration matters.
Let me explain how that matters in this context.
You might remember, I shut down my company Rubicon in late 2010, which I blogged about here, and earlier here. I set up a temporary page at nilofermerchant.com with the help of Nyquist design, and just abandoned old content, and older blogs as web artifacts. I started a new blog at Posterous given its low overhead and let time, the walks, and our conversation shape the experience. That led to clarity of why I wanted to write/share/build a community. And you, the community, helped me name the blog, Yes and Know. (that name and the intent behind it continues, as you can see).
This revised site (starting with this post) brings together “old” content from my leadership and entrepreneurship blog, Win Markets, along with my content from my strategy firm for high-technology markets, Rubicon Consulting, and toggles over the Blog @ Posterous site … With this move, I am saying that all my dimensions can co-exist. In fact, I will embody the idea that each of us should defy categorization.
The path of acknowledging the multi-dimensional passions has been hard. It means a “yes, and” approach to acknowledge a passion for leadership and culture, and market moves and strategies to gain market power, and includes technology and trends. Fundamentally, I can see how all those fit together to a larger parameter: I am passionate about all those things that let people thrive, and companies win.
Integration in the domain I’ve been steeped in for most of my life, technology, is typically the watch-word used by IT folks to say “make sure you can connect everything so you don’t spend too much money later”.
But, in this case, integration matters because it is owning the completely multi-dimensional narrative and history, trusting that it’s right, just cause it is. Just cause it is.
Now back to it…