I don't know where my mom found this but this is what she emailed me this morning:

A person who is attached to a particular computer, language, operating system, editor, or other tool. Usually found with a specifier; thus, "Cray bigot", "ITS bigot", "APL bigot", "VMS bigot", "Berkeley bigot". Real bigots can be distinguished from mere partisans or zealots by the fact that they refuse to learn alternatives even when the march of time and/or technology is threatening to obsolete the favored tool. It is truly said "You can tell a bigot, but you can't tell him much."

It made me think about the whole "no golden cows" phrase in innovation speak. Many companies talk about this but is there a hidden ivory tower / golden cow in us all? Kant described each of us as having "irremovable glasses" through which we see the world.

I suppose innovation has much to do with constantly trying to think outside the box and having an aptitude for it. It's about being able to disagree with yourself as well as others. What do you think it takes for innovation to happen on an individual level? Andrew says much of it has to do with not being the go-to person but knowing the go-to people for an even wider range of needs. It's knowing these people, who they are, where they are going, what they are doing, etc. that enables a worker to be more than just a cog, but a translator (someone who can multi-task within and outside their sphere of influence.)

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