Monday, May 08, 2006

Lost, Inc.

One of the (way too many) television shows I watch with regularity is Lost. I generally love the soap opera/sci fi/philosophical bent to the show but am becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress. What is most frustrating is the characters' lack of critical thinking and communication skills. It reminds me of working for a small business where even though there are only 30 people the left hand still doesn't know what the right hand is doing. For example, why...

  • Would you not try to get as much information as possible about the 'Others' from a captive?
  • Would you walk around alone in an environment rife with potential kidnappers and 'monsters'?
  • Would you not have a centralized method for sharing information to learn more about your enemy?
In a small business at least we all belong to a 'department' so that we know what we are responsible for even if the lack of information about what others are doing makes what we are doing less efficient. And at least no one's life is on the line if we mess up.

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