William Shockley was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and co-inventor of the transistor. He also helped launch the information technology revolution, and was called “the man who brought silicon to Silicon Valley.” Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. On the other hand, Shockley became a controversial advocate of eugenics, which damaged his reputation, led many to call him a racist, and played a role in his estrangement from friends and family. You’ll have to deal with at least one Shockley-type phenomenon in the next few weeks. Will you overlook bad stuff to take advantage of good?