My grandfather kept bees. By the time I was a child, they had sold the farm and moved to a 2-acre parcel where my grandmother kept a kitchen garden and my grandfather kept bees.
A few years ago, when we started hearing about colony collapse disorder, I couldn’t help but think about my grandfather’s bees. I wondered vaguely if the problem might be coming from the industrialization of beekeeping operations. Maybe the variety of backyard beekeeping made for happier bees. There is a remarkable small company in Oregon – Bee Thinking – whose owners must have wondered the same thing.
Have you ever fantasized about telecommuting? Imagine it… Email from your laptop on the beach… Conference calls in your pajamas… Writing code all night in the south of France, to be able to sightsee during the day… Of course you have.
Now, let’s ask another question: Have you ever fantasized about managing a group of telecommuters? Barking dogs in the background… Sleep-choked voices on early morning calls… Suspicious absences when deadlines are looming… No replies to your email… No, of course you haven’t.
While nearly everyone has dreamt of telecommuting, almost no one relishes the idea of managing remote workers. Not long after Melissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo!, she banned the practice. Ford, by trying to reduce remote management issues, became party to a lawsuit when a worker claimed that a medical condition requires her to telecommute.
“Telecommuting” is a modern management problem. Continue reading
Something is coming together these days. Last year, we got a new pope, one who is shocking the world with simple messages of tolerance and compassion. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that it is okay for town meetings to include prayer. I’m feeling the rumblings of something, breezing through the social fabric. It’s like a gathering storm of faith, after a long drought where intellectuals disdained religion. So I think it’s time to talk about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time… What I believe.
This is not the most personal thing I’ve ever written. But it is (so far) the most personal thing I’ve ever posted here. Continue reading