How Aikido can change the way you work

Posted on Tue 23 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with aikido, business, conflict, martial arts, self improvement • 9 min read

It’s been close to eleven years since I last wore a gi and was thrown over someone’s hip, but I still practice Aikido every day. Not in a dojo, and not on a practice mat, but in the office and in my home.

What is Aikido?

Aikido, for …


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A Minimum Wage of $70,000 a Year

Posted on Thu 16 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, culture, economics, politics, wages • 1 min read

The New York Times reports that a Seattle-based company has announced that they will be increasing the minimum wage for all of their employees to $70,000 per year.

“The market rate for me as a C.E.O. compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd,” said …


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Quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Posted on Sun 03 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, culture, management, philosophy, quote, sociology • 1 min read

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I love this. There is some debate as to whether this is translated …


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Meet our new Q&A community site - WebFaction Blog

Posted on Tue 16 November 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, hosting, support, webfaction • 1 min read

My web host has just introduced a new Q&A site based on the Stack Exchange model. Looks like a slick way to get help that’s a major improvement over the old forums. Webfaction support has always been stellar, and I expect this to be a very useful addition …


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The End Of 9-To-5: When Work Time Is Anytime : NPR

Posted on Tue 16 March 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, management • 1 min read

While I haven’t listened to the audio yet, the text of this NPR article on a results-only work environment (ROWE) caught my interest immediately.

I’m pleased to see agencies beginning to experiment with different types of management styles, in particular for knowledge-worker positions, which don’t really fit …


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