Enlightened Conflict

About Enlightened Conflict

November 17th, 2009

Your visit here.


I am not a big reader of business or self help books. I often find they simply rehash a variety of things, thoughts and ideas that if you have been in the business long enough you pretty much know already. On occasion someone does a great job of articulating a thought and in those cases I take my hat off to them and wish I could have said it so well. With all that said I believe people would be better off reading less of these books and instead reading & learning more about other things. Anything.

To me the most interesting people in the world are the ones who have a variety of interests. That doesn’t mean you should not have a specialty just that maybe your specialty would be even better if you knew more about other things.

All that said … here are some things I believe which impact Enlightened Conflict:


I do believe: Ideas result from a new combination of specific knowledge about products with general knowledge about life and events.


I do believe: Interesting people are extensive browsers in all sorts of fields of information.


I do believe: The more of the elements of the world around us which are stored away in the mind, the better chances for increased for the production of new and striking combinations, or ideas.


I do believe: There are certain things you just cannot write, or think of, until you have lived through certain experiences and filled your reservoir of knowledge to a point where you can drink freely from it.


I do believe: Knowledge is basic to good creative thinking & thinking creatively (and interesting personalities).


Interestingly all of those things are also believed by James Webb Young in his booklet published in 1937 “A Technique for Producing Ideas.” (a book on my list of things everyone should read).


So if you want someplace to visit to see a variety of different ideas on some of the most random topics you can think of (although there will be some business stuff) then I hope you visit Enlightened Conflict to perhaps  learn something, maybe chuckle a little and maybe have your curiosity piqued somewhat. There will be some fiction, some fact and always an opinion. I guess my objective is both personally reflective (I just want to share some thinking and writing) as well as a professional desire to help broaden someone’s perspective on the world — business & Life.

So even if one person visits here and starts thinking about something new or in new ways then I imagine I would have achieved success. Of course, if someone wanted to hire me for a project or something I wouldn’t be opposed to that either.



  • Dominique Garcia says on: May 19, 2013 at 9:35 am


    “I do believe: Interesting people are extensive browsers in all sorts of fields of information.”

    Hard to find interesting people nowadays.

  • YALE Landsberg says on: February 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm


    I kind of like your http://brucemctague.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/political-spectrum.jpg as best as I understand it. But liberal throws me. Plus, I am not sure of all of those 90 degree opposites of yours. In any case, sir, do you have any interest in further explaining. Because I intuit that what you are complaining about and also perhaps proposing is in accord with our amateur politicians WE4Congress.,US . Regards, Yale

  • Jan Horsfall says on: August 11, 2017 at 11:29 am


    I still have that book. :)

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