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  •  Only if you're in a system (9+ / 0-)

    that respects, rewards, and admires good work.

    A lot of systems don't, you know.  There are systems out there, both in the business world and in academia (where I work) that punish good workers, especially if they're new, innovative, or otherwise from "outside," because they disrupt the status quo and challenge the powers that be.

    Many systems exist to preserve power.

    "If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life." — Albert Schweitzer

    by mozartssister on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:06:41 AM PDT

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    •  Like the business world, (3+ / 0-)
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      pedigree makes all the difference in academia (I'm an academic as well).  The graduate program you come out of plays a huge role in what sort of position you'll attain once out on the market, not because of the inherit quality of your research, but because of how you're situated among the network of high powered academics.  Getting into those high powered graduate programs, in its turn, has a lot to do with the socio-economic background from which one came (whether or not one attended first rate secondary schools that allowed them to enter first rate undergrad programs, mastery of language arising from the region and class one was brought up in, economic means allowing one to devote herself to academics rather than working like a dog to eat and pay rent, etc).  

    •  I was thinking about communities (2+ / 0-)
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      Small towns, sports teams, the military; what makes you trust your platoon sergeant or the guy taking point in a patrol.

      I would expect it would apply to work environments so the same appreciation for good work applies to carpenters, mechanics, machinists, cad pits, anybody who makes things.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 01:24:54 PM PDT

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