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April 2012

Learning from Those Who Have Left

April 27, 2012 - 2:31pm

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.

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The Flight from Conversation

April 24, 2012 - 4:10pm

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.”

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Work Life Balance

April 18, 2012 - 12:04pm

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.

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