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Thank you NYT, for helping me slow down and focus
I’m gaining an unexpected benefit from the online business model of the New York Times. Their model: you get 20 free page views a month, then will have to pay to read more. My benefit: Since I haven’t subscribed (yet, and likely will) I don’t mindlessly click through their site any more, and I read articles completely instead of skimming them.
I often get there via a recommendation to start, usually from another blog or Tumblr, sometimes from Twitter. Here is this morning’s example of my reading path:
- The Architecture Of Cooperation, by Stowe Boyd, who sums the subject matter up nicely with, “The world of business is being re-contoured by the new realities, like ubiquitous connectivity, genius phones, Air/iPad, and the rethinking of ‘offices’.”
- It’s Not About the Furniture: Cubicles, Continued, by Allison Arieff, which was the article Boyd had riffed on for his blog, itself part 2 for…
- Beyond the Cubicle, also by Allison Arieff, which had asked, “So, how to escape the tyranny of the cube and address the broader changes in the way we work?”
Great observations in all three articles — they throw up a habits mirror, and they’ll get you to think about your own workspace for sure — but also one of those cases where the comments are equally fascinating as people take them in their preferred hot-button direction, and talk about power and privacy in workplace cultures, whereas Boyd had focused on his cooperation theories, and Arieff on design, initially, and in her part 2 attempt to reel it back in from the commenters. (Do take note of the way you can sort the comments there for readers’ recommendations.)
There’s no doubt about it: Alaka‘i Managers need to focus on the environment of the workplace far more than they do, because it creates a sense of place there, and attitudes are erupting which sadly detract from the more visionary work to be done.
Side note postscript: I think the NYT will have much more success with their model than will The Star Advertiser (recently mentioned on Talking Story), and not due to audience number, but because of the quality of their content.
On the 11th Day of Christmas: Trust
Trust. We can wonder because we can trust. People tend to be kind of needy, and that’s okay. When we need others we learn to trust and be trustworthy in our relationship building. We learn to love more. We learn to have faith in each other. We cultivate magnetic attractions to good intention.
How is trust an Aloha virtue for you?
One of the more frequent questions I have received about Managing with Aloha over the years, is why trust was not included among my 19 values within the philosophy. Trust is certainly there, for it is essential in a healthy work culture. Trust is critical for teams to be productive yet innovative too, secure enough to experiment, take risks, and embrace change when few variables are yet known.
However I have always thought of trust as a result of other values being in play: I define values as predictable patterns of behavior, as close to innate as becomes possible. We “value it,” aspire to it, and may work on it constantly, but those things don’t make it an inherent value woven into our being, and here is another key: We don’t give it unconditionally. Normally, others have to earn it from us. Thus in my language of intention, trust is very much a virtue.
The series starts here: In Keeping with our December Tradition: Twelve Aloha Virtues
- On the 1st Day of Christmas: Prayer
- On the 2nd Day of Christmas: Vitality
- On the 3rd Day of Christmas: Grace
- On the 4th Day of Christmas: Peace
- On the 5th Day of Christmas: Wonder
- On the 6th Day of Christmas: Gratitude
- On the 7th Day of Christmas: Humor
- On the 8th Day of Christmas: Joy
- On the 9th Day of Christmas: Hope
- On the 10th Day of Christmas: Freedom