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ISA INTECH STAFF CHIEF EDITOR Bill Lydon PUBLISHER Rick Zabel PRODUCTION EDITOR Lynne Franke ART DIRECTOR Colleen Casper SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Pam King GRAPHIC DESIGNER Lisa Starck CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Charley Robinson ISA PRESIDENT Brian J. Curtis PUBLICATIONS VICE PRESIDENT James F. Tatera EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN Steve Valdez GE Sensing Joseph S. Alford PhD, PE, CAP Eli Lilly (retired) Joao Miguel Bassa Independent Consultant Eoin Ó Riain Read-out, Ireland Vitor S. Finkel, CAP Finkel Engineers & Consultants Guilherme Rocha Lovisi Bayer Technology Services David W. Spitzer, PE Spitzer and Boyes, LLC Dean Ford, CAP Westin Engineering David Hobart Hobart Automation Engineering Smitha Gogineni Midstream & Terminal Services Perspectives from the Editor | talk to me INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 7 a computer in their home." —Ken Ol- sen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977 A major contributor to progress is new ideas that first were met with rejection and skepticism. Recent industrial automation industry examples include the initial rejec- tion of Direct Digital Control and Ethernet for industrial plant communications. "The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." —Albert Einstein Creativity Taking time to look at things differently can yield brilliant results. One useful mechanism I learned at the Creative Education Foun- dation is to develop a number of alterna- tives by asking, "in what ways might we," about the issue, challenge, or application. This works when you initially suspend judg- ing the ideas, no matter how strange they seem. Later you can go back to logically review them, and many times combining these thoughts leads to new insights. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagina- tion encircles the world." —Albert Einstein Any intelligent fool can make things big- ger and more complex . . . It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction." —Albert Einstein Collaboration Better ideas and solutions can be created by collaborating with others who have dif- ferent perspectives and ideas. In the context of industrial automation, this could include maintenance people, operators, IT people, and business managers. Action To be effective, the ability to think, create, and implement needs to be coupled with action that will lead to greater personal development. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. —Albert Einstein n Your most important asset By Bill Lydon, InTech, Chief Editor A person's most important asset is the ability to think, create, and implement. This requires keeping focused on some key elements: Lifelong learning Lifelong learning is an ongoing and self- motivated pursuit of knowledge in your personal life and profession. This continu- ous personal development expands the scope of your knowledge, keeps your mind active, and increases your ability to contrib- ute to your profession and society. It makes you a more valuable employee. Learning is not confined to the classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. In addition to formal training, impactful learning takes place in our daily interactions with others and with the world around us. ISA is an important source for automation professionals to continue learn- ing with formal training and informal net- working opportunities. Open mind Keeping an open mind may seem obvious, but becoming more experienced many times leads to an automatic rejection of new ideas. History illustrates the rejection of new ideas that turned out to be win- ners; here are some from the past: Those who loaned Robert Fulton mon- ey for his steamboat project stipulated that their names be withheld, for fear of ridicule were it known that they support- ed anything so "foolhardy." In 1881 when the New York YWCA an - nounced typing lessons for women, vig - orous protests were made on the grounds that the female constitution would break down under the strain. Men insisted that iron ships would not float, that they would be damaged more easily than wooden ships when ground - ing, that it would be difficult to preserve the iron bottoms from rust, and that iron would deflect the compass. "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." —Thomas Wat- son, president of IBM, 1943 "There is no reason anyone would want

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