Working from home is an example of class privilege. Most working people have no choice but to go to work. There is a resentment toward those who remotely work; as if their health is so important they cannot be exposed to the same viruses as other workers. Working remotely also affects the support office workers, those who clean the offices or who have small businesses that depend on daily workers. Get to work!
1. Talking to Strangers has a chapter on Jerry Sandusky. One of his key points is that he thinks people have been too hard on Paterno and the Penn State leadership who turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s crimes. He repeated this many times in his interviews and talks about the book to pretty befuddled audiences.
2. The Bomber Mafia is a poorly researched and very roundabout defense of the firebombing of Tokyo during WWII, probably the single deadliest attack in the history of human civilization. He calls the British commanders who firebombed Dresden psychopaths but then turns around and argues that America’s mass bombing of civilians even before the atom bombs was somehow good for the Japanese people.
There are definite advantages to being in the office just as there are definite advantages to being remote. I wouldn't want either all the time. What I like is the flexibility to work remote when I want and in the office when I want. I like walking into other people's office from time to time and having a face to face conversation. I also think big, important projects benefit from in person meeting because Zoom can only replicate so much of the meeting and none of the creative energy.
At the same time I like the ability to go out on a lunch run, do a late breakfast with a friend or my wife, and just work on paperwork and simpler tasts from home.
I much prefer flexibility to either option and that is what I give the divisions of my company that report to me. Pick where you work unless I let you know I need you in person for a meeting or project workshop. Since March 2020 I've had maybe 25 days total that I told my team I want them to be all on the same room. I also tell everyone if you feel sick at all work from home.
MG doesn’t have a life and his sense of self worth is believing what he does is “important”. LOL.
work is work. that’s why they pay you.
Covid is one of the best things to ever happen in busting up the old ways of working. for many jobs you can do just as well working remotely and at the same time enjoy the tremendous lifestyle benefits. It’s awesome and I believe the changes are here to stay.
I've noticed at least a handful of self-styled (mostly liberal) contrarians in the last ten years or so who seem to veer into jarring conservativism and seem to fashion themselves as wannabe villains. I'm thinking public figures like Glen Greenwald, Bari Weiss, Bill Maher, Matt Taibi, Russell Brand, Dave Chappell, probably others I cannot think of at the moment.
Gladwell has made an entire (mediocre) career out of supposedly seeing things differently from others, which is really another way of saying he's something of a contrarian. Maybe his fate, like those noted above, is to become another mean, cranky as-hole like these others.
You get paid the same for working less hours to generate the same work product. Those extra hours are now yours to use for the betterment of your own life. now you can be done when the work is done. not when the clock says you are done.
He certainly captures the aloof tone of curious indifference, he never seems excited except when stating or defending his own viewpoints. The above is a good observation, it's difficult and not highly rewarding to maintain a voice for good, your audience tends to be small and can erode. As many twitter stars (and pro wrestlers) can attest to, there's always a sizable audience for a villain so it's a good way to stay relevant in a short-attention-span world. I can't think of anyone whose opinion I have come to value ever referencing Gladwell's work, at least not positively. He's the anti-Godin, and I think we should start referring to him as Malcolm Snackwell.
MG basically stalked an author after reading her book. She didn’t like him but kind of took advantage of him. It’s hard to say no to him bc he is pretty nice, albeit nerdy and out of touch.
Anyway, he succeeded in getting your attention. Like others have said, he mostly works from home but oh, dear the little people might miss out on their corporate culture!
I’m mostly remote. i’ll admit we’re launching a new product and it is a major problem doing it remotely. But even if I go in, no one else will, including the consultants. So I am not bothered bc i’m a small part of it. The leaders really have to look at how this will shake out and if working remotely for projects like this is effective. Otherwise, personally I love working from home; I can get all my other work not related to this project done way more efficiently.
I think the right and obvious answer is that you come in when you need to. Some things are way harder to get done if you are not physically together. Go in for those. say home for the rest. Sort it out from the bottom up. the people doing the work decide for themselves, case by case.
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I assume for #2 you are referring to LeMay which is a pretty radical take.
Gladwell used to be a unique outside the box thinker but he has really tarnished his legacy in the past few years. Some of his recent greatest hits:
A nauseating defense of sergeant savage Brian Williams lying about his involvement in live combat in Iraq.
Ripping on standardized testing.
A rousing ode to how Atlanta was the future of America and Stacy Abrams was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Right before Lance Bottoms turned in Atlanta in a high crime wanna be west coast city hellscape and Abrams has been exposed as a hypocritical Grifter.
But my "Tipping Point" with Malcolm was when he started pumping Kendi and gave him his own show. Embracing of someone who teaches racism is not something you can come back from.
Is this the guy who only has books sold at airports. His readers are people that apparently had no idea they would be traveling so didn’t bring anything to read or watch. Clearly an educated customer base.