The Wharton School has numerous 10-minute video clips on various business topics. The series is called BizTalks 2012. I enjoyed watching Lori Rosenkopf's video on "Learning from Those Who Have Left." Her research shows that companies can benefit from social connections between workers even after they move to a different company. One of the take-aways is that companies can host alumni events to encourage their current employees to network with former employees thereby strengthening the knowledge sharing.
Here are my favorite parts from Sherry Turkle's article in the New York Times, The Flight From Conversation, about technology and communication.
"Face-to-face conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers. To get these, we ask one another simpler questions; we dumb down our communications, even on the most important matters."
"And why would we want to talk about love and loss with a machine that has no experience of the arc of human life? Have we so lost confidence that we will be there for one another? "
"When people are alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device. Here connection works like a symptom, not a cure, and our constant, reflexive impulse to connect shapes a new way of being."
"We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true. If we are unable to be alone, we are far more likely to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will know only how to be lonely. "
Sherry Turkle is a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. and the author, most recently, of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”
Since January of this year, it feels like my life has been taken over by work. I have had a very difficult maintaining a decent balance. My thoughts are almost always of work. I hope this is just a transition period and life won't always be like this. I hope to find a balance in the coming months. Mostly I'd like to get my thoughts back to myself.
Happy birthday to a very special man in my life, my father.
Happy birthday to a very special state in my life, Arizona. Arizona turns 100 years old today. WOW, you're so young for being such a wonderful place.
"Toddlers have one volume and it's eleven."
"My life is so much better than anything I deserve."
There's nothing quite like a silly face to remind you what's important in life.
Last year, I reviewed 2010. I think it is time to review 2011.
We've got a piece of new furniture in the house - a credenza! As you can see from the pictures, it is a wall-hanging credenza, also called a floating credenza.
This is a piece Chris and I have wanted to do for years though never got around to it. Over the holidays, I had trouble sleeping one morning and was surfing the internet when I stumbled on a post at The Brick House about a Fauxdenza. Morgan had the great idea to use Ikea kitchen cabinets for her credenza then top it with a piece of nice wood. I was in love with the idea and knew it would be perfect for us.
As soon as Chris woke up, I ran the idea past him. After some discussion, brainstorming, and, of course, breakfast, we were on our way to Ikea. Procuring materials was the easy part - it always is. There were a few hurdles that we had to clear.
Chris and I are both very happy with this project and how it has opened up the living room. Removing the large table that previously held the TV, we regained at least a foot of space. I also love how easy it is to clean underneath the credenza.
I failed to take a proper "Before" picture but here are a couple shots that give a little bit of a glimpse of what our living room was like before this new piece of furniture.