February 1, 2011

Initiative

Posted in Business, Life tagged , at 9:34 pm by lindaslongview

I received two unrelated but tantalizingly connected links today in my email inbox:

  1. One claimed that there is an economic emergency caused by a lack of initiative (Poke-the-Box by Seth Godin)
  2. The other was to Google’s new application (ngrams) for trending the frequency of words appearing in books from 1800 to now.

How could I resist trending initiative (along with self esteem) over the long view?

Wow!

From 1800 to 2008 there has been an explosive growth in the occurrence of the term initiative and then a decay starting about the 1970’s.  Interestingly, there is concomitant growth of the term self-esteem during the same period that initiative begins its decline.  Hmmmm….

I bought Seth’s book!  Will you Poke-the-Box? 

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