All posts by Catherine Adams Lee

Work at home Wednesdays?

     NewWorkPlaces

Do work different in new work places.  ThredUP‘s co-founder and CEO, James Reinhart talks about a way he uses working in multiple places to his company’s advantage, treating his people like the Golden Eggs they are. The bottom line for him – give your people a place break and they can be more productive.

Read the article by Chris Albrecht, Posted on gigaom.com,

“ThredUP co-founder and CEO says prohibiting his employees from coming into work one day a week allows his team to think big picture, and increases productivity. (Just make sure that work from home day isn’t Friday).”

http://gigaom.com/2012/08/01/should-your-startup-have-mandatory-work-from-home-wednesdays/


The Ketchup Conumdrum – Workplace Style

PluralismP is for Pluralism
What if you cooked up your work
as if it were a tossed salad?

Original Post: May 27, 2011
One size doesn’t fit all. I have said this so many times that I’m even getting tired of hearing it. So I am going to let some else say it – Malcolm Gladwell. Malcolm, in his book What the Dog Saw, has an essay entitled “The Ketchup Conundrum”. Buried within this story is a sub-story about Howard Moskowitz, Diet Pepsi and spaghetti sauce.

Howard Moskowitz, now a legend in his industry, is the owner of a food-testing and market-research company. In the seventies, while trying to find the perfect sweetness mix for his client Pepsi’s new Diet version, he noticed all the data from his testing research was wacky. There was no clear winner. As Malcolm writes it, Moskowitz had an epiphany. “They had been asking the wrong question. There was no such thing as the perfect Diet Pepsi. They should have been looking for the perfect Diet Pepsis.” Continue reading

Perspective

K is for Kaleidoscope
What if you could break the world into tiny little pieces
and put it back together again?

 

I was visiting The Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles, touring through the Impressionists section. When museums are busy, people politely form a self-organized approach to viewing the art. Orderly and without instruction, they move around the room in a clock-wise manner, at least for Western audiences. They will pause in front of each painting for a period of time, the length determined, unspoken, by how large the crowd is and what the group intuitively deems as the polite amount of lingering time, before moving on and letting the next person have a turn.             

This day there was a moderate crowd, so people were moving at a fairly slow pace, but not slow enough to be able to stop and really study the art. I usually make a point of seeking out Impressionist works in each museum and, moving along, I was delighted to encounter one of my favorite artists, Claude Monet, and his “The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light”, 1894, see inset. Continue reading