19 January 2017
General Mattis versus PowerPoint (we hope!)
Given that PowerPoint is an unstoppable force for evil in the world, I suspect what is going to win, but I appreciate General Mattis' perspective of "PowerPoint makes us stupid", according to the indispensable Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in his piece in The Week titled General Mattis, save the U.S. military. Ban PowerPoint. I love the bit about Amazon having banned it, requiring instead memos -- yep, multi-page, detailed memos called "narratives" -- that discuss what it is you have to say. Required reading! I used to write long, detailed memos, but it seems everyone's brain has been PowerPointed to the point of a bullet point or two max. Also like the OODA loop reference... I wonder if Amazon needs an old Franciscan Friar to mix things up, call 'em like he sees 'em in concise, detailed, reasoned written narratives?