Thursday, February 29, 2024

Laughter as Therapy

 From The Washington Post in 1986

Flat on his back in a New York hospital, Cousins persuaded the nurses to read him excerpts from the humor columns of E.B. White and Max Eastman and show him "Candid Camera" reruns and old Marx Brothers movies.

Prepare for the Backlash Against Smartphones

There are several revolutionary items in the pipeline that will denounce the time squandered on smartphones.

The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt comes out in March. It will be a rallying cry that will soon be joined by others.

[I have a smartphone but I'm reducing its usage and am seriously considering a return to a flip phone.]

This may be the precisely right time to go Old School.

Canceled Meetings

 My killer cold has caused me to cancel some meetings. While in the "I may snap out of this soon" stage, I briefly considered going ahead with some of them, but common sense intervened. 

Fortunately, the earliest one was time-sensitive and while I was still alert. It was conducted via Teams and I got through my recommendations without coughing or sneezing.

And as for the others, the postponements were gifts. 

In the world of work, few things match the joy of a canceled meeting.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Creative Film Technique

 


Questions for Innovative Proposals

I know that many innovative things have turned out to be great successes, but these are some questions to consider:

  1. Has this, or a version of this, ever worked in a similarly situated organization? What were the results?
  2. If it has not worked, what is it about our circumstances and resources that makes you think we'll be different?

The Noble Patient

 Chills. Fever. Exhaustion. 

Even the dog feels sorry for me.

My wife stands at a distance and throws provisions.

All blankets will be burned.

Updates to follow.


Get Ready

 


Universities Are Making Us Dumber

The political affiliations of the faculty now appear to be appropriately synchronized. According to Mitchell Langbert’s 2018 “Homogenous: The Political Affiliations of Elite Liberal Arts Faculty,” faculty members at the top academically ranked universities vote Democrat to Republican at a 21.5 to 1 ratio. At the lowest tier schools, that ratio is 6.9 to 1. The ratio of liberal to conservative faculty at Harvard, per The Harvard Crimson, is 56.4 to 1. If one imagines that sharing the exact same political viewpoints as one’s colleagues is a likely sign of intellectual independence and originality, then places like Harvard are clearly thriving.Yet, to most people, these institutions now look less like traditional universities than places of worship, where congregants sing and chant in unison.


Read Sergiu Klainerman's entire article at Tablet magazine.

Popular One Act Play

 "Come on in. There are two groups, each with a distinctive role. The first group will pretend to give its honest opinions. The second group will pretend to listen."

Blind Spots

 All organizations and individuals have blind spots. 

The question is whether they know where and what those spots are.

And whether they care.