Fuck Manhattan. This (Jackson Heights) is the real New York: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/27/arts/design/jackson-heights-queens-virtual-walk-tour.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
“Viele Unternehmen sehen zu viele theoretische Risiken statt einfach zu vertrauen, dass Menschen grundsätzlich mit Freiheiten verantwortungsvoll umgehen.”
“Das Managen von Mitarbeiterwünschen wie Elternzeit oder Urlaub gehört zu generischen Aufgaben einer Führungskraft. Wenn das jemand zu viel ist, sollte man der Person vielleicht nahelegen, etwas anderes zu machen.”
A very pragmatic and modern approach to management and employees coming from the head of HR Cawa Younosi.
Talking with people about their career and professional development options is one of my active areas of improvement at the moment. If I’m generous I’d say I’m at level 2.
- The Dithering
“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
Philosopher Isabelle Stengers writes how such a state of impasse is actively produced by the managers of the status quo — or the ‘Guardians’: When choices are presented by Guardians, they are infernal alternatives — a series of non-choices presented as choices to their various ‘publics’; the choice between doing nothing about climate change or geoengineering the climate; the choice to do nothing about deforestation or the choice to trade forests as commodities in order to preserve their ‘value’. This production of two bad alternatives, where one is ‘less bad’ than the other, is a means by which Guardians make problems inaccessible to anyone other than themselves. And so, a “cold panic” and an impotent fear of the future sets in, functionally demobilising people.”
Illustration for ‘King Leopold’s Soliloquy’ by Mark Twain, exposing the Congolese gulags in 1905.
This look into QAnon by a game designer goes deeper and is a lot more disturbing.
I love the examples in this bit about great engineering cultures: teamwork as default, quality is personal, results driven meetings & retrospectives are fun
We’ve also switched to somewhat more durable teams prompted in large part by Will Larson’s book. Here Anna Shipman lists the benefits of doing so.
I’m no stranger to ARGs but still I learned a lot from this reading of QAnon as one.
“Ist es extrem, leben zu wollen? Ist der Wunsch extrem, deinem Kind nicht dabei zusehen zu müssen, wie es von Polizisten erschossen wird? Oder, nicht mehr jeden Cent zweimal umdrehen zu müssen? Nein. Die Ansicht, dass das extrem sei, ist extrem. Und zwar extrem menschenfeindlich.”
Sibel not pulling any punches here with a snappy take on the Cancel Culture debate.