My father is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He came to this country in 1967 from Nara, Japan. He met and married my mother in 1969, in Florida. Five years later, they gave birth to my older sister.
“Oh, bless your heart! Did you get her from Vietnam?”
My tall, blonde-haired, green-eyed mom would hear this frequently from Southern busy-bodies peering into her stroller to find a tiny infant with black hair and almond-shaped eyes. It’s amazing how a seemingly innocent question, even in a post-Vietnam America, could erase my mother’s biological parentage in just the span of six words:
“You heard the whole thing I just told your husband, right? How you might experience chills, body aches, elevated temperature tomorrow morning?”
I nodded as I sat down in the seat still warm from where Larry had sat just a moment before.
“Any questions before we continue?”
“Just one,” I said, looking right at the EMT. “What’s your name?”
“Kevin,” he said with a curious smile.
“Hi Kevin,” I said. “I wanted to know the name of the man who’s making history for me today.”
His smile widened. “It’s my honor,” he replied.
…in-drug, and it’s incredibly addictive. So addictive that it causes problems across the who…in-drug, and it’s incredibly addictive. So addictive that it causes problems across the whole crew. To me, that’s the episode that tried to warn us about social media. We should have listened.
This is frighteningly spot on.
We walk to our usual morning meetup spot: the crosswalk three-quarters of the way down our street where “The Crew” gathers before school. The assembled parents and grandparents mingle while the kids—spanning all the elementary grades—run around. The kids gather on the steps of the same house as we crowd around with our smartphones, reminding the kids to look up, look at us honey, just one more shot—got it!
And then, just like that, they disperse like the human bouncy balls they are.
Normally, we’d all walk together down the street that leads to the elementary school. The kids would…
Sukkot has always been special to me. But something about this year just feels even more special.
When I was in college, I wielded my first power tools while helping our student Hillel erect their massive sukkah, which would be host to all number of Sukkot dinners, lunches, and other activities during the 10-day holiday. After I graduated college, moved out on my own, and began living my official “adult” life, I never had a chance to build a sukkah — most rental owners frown on tenants just randomly constructing a sukkah on their properties. …
When you’re building the world’s most innovative and game-changing vehicles in a generation, you know without a doubt that you need great people. Tesla’s mission, to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, is huge, and so they only want to hire those who are truly passionate about The Work with a capital T: they want people who are deeply invested in changing the world.
Purpose inspires. But moreover, it guides problem-solving and good decision making. The deeper an organization can infuse purpose into its culture, the better the results. Purpose empowers people to do their best work.
No sooner did we hit publish about interconnected teams as the future of organizations than we saw it play out in the real world. On Tuesday (8/23/2016), media behemoth BuzzFeed announced a major shift in its organizational structure. BuzzFeed will split into two divisions: BuzzFeed News, under the direction of current BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith; and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group, with Ze Frank, current president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.
In a company-wide memo, CEO Jonah Peretti noted that the changes were in an effort to simplify the company’s current structure to incorporate video into all aspects of its digital media content:
How NASA’s Mission Control is a model for operational excellence
In Deloitte’s Global Human Trends 2016 report, their research revealed a startling chief concern among the 7,000 business leaders surveyed: 92 percent of companies believe “redesigning the organization is very important or important.” Gone are the days of top-down hierarchies. If businesses want to thrive in the 21st century, they must make interconnected teams an essential part of their structure and culture.
While the organizational concept of interconnected teams is nothing new; Rensis Likert first proposed the idea in 1961, calling it a “participatory management system” — the 2016 Deloitte…
Legally defining when life begins threatens standards of care for thousands of infertility patients
Tomorrow, November 4, voters in Colorado and North Dakota will take to the polls to decide on two key ‘personhood’ ballot initiatives that seek to legally codify when life begins. If passed, Amendment 67 in Colorado would add the term “unborn human beings” to the state’s criminal code while North Dakota’s Measure 1 would recognize and protect the “inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development.”
If personhood passes, fertility treatments including in vitro fertilization (IVF) could be caught in the…