The Shift Toward "Remote"
With the sudden coronavirus outbreak in the United States, there's a relatively decent chance your employer has already shifted to a work-from-home paradigm, at least for positions where the tasks are majoritively online or easy to complete while away from the workplace. This is especially true for business professionals, since that type of work seems uniquely suited for remote operations. Even if your company hasn't opted to make that sort of transition yet (43% of American employees worked remotely even before the pandemic), there are plenty of organizations which have altered their plans in a precautionary attempt to keep their employees safe and healthy. A few well-known names include General Motors, Google and Microsoft -- even the federal government is allowing greater opportunity for teleworking. That said, there are pros and cons to flexible work.
Having customer focus is giving them the attention they feel they deserve. In a past blog, I mentioned my love for philosophy and, undoubtedly, one of the concepts I’ve latched onto is that of via media: the middle way. Aristotle, the ancient Greek thinker, emphasized this concept in the realm of ethics, theorizing that the Good is found in the middle, avoiding the extremes of excess and deficiency.
As a business owner or manager is it is important to make sure you’re meeting the needs of your employers. Now, you may be thinking well I pay them, isn’t that enough? Well, maybe for some employees it is, but likely not. Being a good manager means helping employees achieve actualization.
Have you ever been faced with what seems like an impossible choice? I’m not talking about deciding what to have for dinner or where to go on vacation. I’m talking about something a bit more… ethically demanding. Of course, we have all had to make those kinds of decisions at some point or another, and while no two peoples’ moral dilemmas are the same, the human experience is one fraught with ethical quandaries.
The Nature of Leadership
It’s no secret that effective leadership can be a confusing labyrinth to navigate, and often, one might wonder what makes a good leader. But, as with many things, leadership isn’t black and white. In fact, leadership might be comparable to a double-edged sword - it can be extremely positive, or it can cause insurmountable harm to those affected by it.
Tying It All Up
The previous three blogs in my series of contemplations have, admittedly, seemed somewhat random, and it might appear as if they have little to do with one another. So, I wanted to write one last piece to tie them together and explain how they interrelate. Let's talk about why learning is important.
The Benefits of Hobbies
Several times over now, I’ve mentioned my hobbies. But I want to offer a bit more of a detailed explanation for their importance. When I was in sixth grade, my grandparents, on a whim, bought me a guitar for Christmas, and that gift changed my life. (Again, notice how individual actions can be massively impactful for other individuals, if not for the whole world). Ever since then, I’ve been in and out of various bands, most of them metal or some variant thereof. I’ve loved every minute of it, having the chance to give musical expression to my thoughts and feelings while creating something with and for other people to enjoy.
Changing the World?
You’ve more than likely heard someone say it before: “This will change the world.” Chances are, you’ve said it, or at least thought it, yourself. Perhaps it was about something you’d stumbled upon – another person’s idea or product. Then again, it might have been your own idea, your own product. Maybe you’ve even thought it about yourself.
The Start of a Long Inquiry
If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ve probably recognized I’m predominantly contemplative, philosophically-inclined, so to say. I enjoy thinking about life’s questions, even if I’ll likely never find the answers to those inquiries. Deep contemplation is, in its own right, rewarding for me. Here, I'd like to talk about leaving a legacy.
The Evolution of Learning
The way we, as humans, learn seems constantly in flux. Not long ago, it was common for schoolrooms to host kindergartners through twelfth-graders alike. Even in the 1950s, there existed singular schoolrooms for children of all ages.
More recently, children grew up with different teachers each year, and if you had a background similar to myself, you might have been in a different building for each grade as well. But even now, the evolution of technology has spurred a simultaneous shift in the educational process, and learning looks quite different than it did even two decades ago.