I’m A Bad Boss? Blame My Dad

This business week article I’m A Bad Boss? Blame My Dad says that workplace dramas eat up 20-50% of employees’ time!

Although I’m not sure the analogy to family dynamics is the way to go, I think paying more attention to relationships at work is important, as the article says it’s an increasingly important factor of why employees stay or leave or get fired: “corporations become ever more cognizant that talented employees quit bosses, not companies, and that CEOs often get hired for their skills — and fired for their personalities.”

We Should Abolish the CIA

John Kerry said “We should abolish the CIA. Because the CIA completely and totally missed the Soviet revolution.” in this New York Times interview. I’m sure he has more reasons than that – since it’s been a long time since the Soviet revolution and the CIA has done a lot (or not) since then. I wish he’d share them. If you have links to other information, please comment.

Heifer International

A friend told me about Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that donates livestock to poor people around the world. The idea is that Heifer gives a poor family or community an animal that produces food, like a milk cow or a chicken. The family can than live off the proceeds, milk or eggs in this example, directly or sell it for other food that they need. In exchange, they agree to give at least the first offspring of their animal to another family in need.
They also have other projects. For example, they are working in the US to increase the number of young farmers.
You can read more about Hiefer International on their website. They’ve also been featured in the New York Times and Fortune magazine – the links are on their website.