I’ve been seeing too many articles lately about heads of organizations that have been forced out (think American Apparel CEO, Clippers owner). I’ve also been reading about politicians who are still running for Congress and have been in office longer than some Statesmen readers have been alive: Think Charles Rangel of New York, in office… Read more When is it time to leave?
Earlier this spring, I tried reading a massive novel, “The Luminaries,” by Eleanor Catton (Victoria University Press, 2013). It was a about mining in New Zealand and won a major literature prize in England. But I just could not get into it. I had downloaded it onto my iPad Mini and found that I got… Read more Paper or pixels… or something else entirely?
I’m not a real farmer, or goodness, even a gardener. I’ve tried to plant tomatoes (disaster) and even roped my family into planting 100 tulips bulbs one Thanksgiving weekend. All that came of it was happy squirrels and two tulips. But oh, what beautiful tulips they are! But I consider myself a farmer of a… Read more Sow idea seeds by preparing soil, then letting them grow
Driving up Capitol the other day, I realized the street was wider and less confusing, and bicyclists were still riding on the sidewalk. The Boise Bike Experiment 1.0 was over. I assume officials will do a thorough debrief and experts will suggest what to do next time. But as a citizen who’s guilty of driving… Read more The Boise Bike Experiment: What went wrong?
With so much interesting construction going on around town, from 8th and Main to JUMP, I’ve been thinking about how buildings may affect behaviors of people who inhabit them. Or not. For almost two years, 3,500 students and nearly 100 faculty and staff members have studied and worked in the Micron College of Business and… Read more When buildings are (almost) perfect but people aren’t
“My Name is Name.” Our guide for a Botswana safari trip has a long name (Nametsegang), which is a tad unpronounceable for most clients, so he shortened it to a catchy one that English speakers can remember. Right from the get go, you smile and are right with him. And that’s part of what he’s… Read more Forming Your Pack
“I’m a fifth-generation Idahoan.” When did you last hear that? Usually a politician, maybe a business person, and now and then a Boomerang (someone who grew up in Idaho, left for a while, and then returned to settle down) will throw it out, almost as a badge of honor. It speaks to pride in the… Read more How deep-rooted Idahoans might alienate newcomers
May 31, 2014 Just before driving from McCall to Boise one day, I was reading Science magazine. It’s one of my favorites, because the first half is written in such a way that science groupies like me can understand what’s new in science. The magazine offers a low-key, easy-to-understand teasers on research that has just… Read more Neurons, highways and creativity
Years ago, I got interested in a tiny bit of geophysics. I was the outside observer of a Ph.D. dissertation defense. That means I kept the time clock and made sure the professors who were grilling the student didn’t brow beat him too much. I understood the first hour of the presentation about bore holes… Read more Build a permeable organization where ideas flow easily
Think you’re good at doing several things at once? Reading and listening to music? Driving and talking on the phone (hands free, of course), or texting while sitting in a meeting? Think again. Much recent neuroscience research tells us that the brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously, as we thought (hoped) it might. In fact, we just… Read more The Myth of Multitasking