In all my years in business, I have yet to hear someone say: "I love corporate politics." On the other hand, I meet plenty of people who complain bitterly about corporate politics--sometimes even in the companies they run. So, if nobody loves politics, why all the politics?
People in startup land often talk about the magic of how few people built Google or Facebook, but today's Google employs 20,000 people and today's Facebook employs 1,500 people. So, if you want to do something that matters, then you are going to have to learn the black art of scaling a human organization.
As a naturalized American the 4th of July is an opportunity for me to reflect about this great country. As a designer I noticed a few media streams that have come together to paint an interesting picture--a picture that should be talked about in design circles just as much as any new trend or eco-philosophy.