participation

Here’s the thing: we say, we shouldn’t reward people for the bare minimum, and when we say that, we mean participation. But participation is not the bare minimum. Observing? That’s the minimum. Watching instead of doing is about as low as you go. The kids on the field kicking the ball? They’re doing shit, man. That’s awesome. Good for them. The parents in the stands decrying the trophies those kids will get for participating? They’re fucking spectators. They’re only bystanders, not doing a good goddamn thing except placing their own proxy hopes and dreams on their little genetic champions.

I cheer my kid when he tries a new food. I cheer him when he draws, or reads, or does something he’s afraid to do. I cheer his participation in life, because that’s what matters. That’s all we have. Winning is hollow. Getting to the end of the road only happens by walking it. Participation is its own special victory, and fuck anybody who says different. Double-fuck you if you hate on your own kids for not coming home with the win. Huzzah to adults for participating, too. You vote? Good for you. You participate in a charity? Fuck yes. You DO THE THING THAT MUST BE DONE? Have a lollipop, you wonderful person, you.
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Yayoi Kusama

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Obliteration Room

Every Yayoi show here at Zwirner is epic. So cool that they brought the Obliteration room from Australia to NYC. Day one, and the white walls of the suburban tract home are already getting covered with dots. The staff is a little controlling in the process, but such a cool and fun execution of her work. I feel like she is so much of a better conceptual artist than an executional artist. This show rocks. Bring your kids, they’ll have a blast! Through June 13th 2015.

Managing by telephone? 10 ideas for a better conference call

How can I manage people I cannot see?

That’s a question I get a lot of managers who work with staff remotely and independently and communicate with them via Skype, Google Hangouts, emails, chats, and yes, the telephone.

It is clear that managers request that in spite of innovations in the communication technology, it is difficult to effectively communicate with people who are working at a different location.

I challenge recall me. My first job assignment office at The Philadelphia Inquirer, I coordinated New Jersey cover paper, and lots of casino games, cranberry bogs, learned Superfund toxic waste sites and corrupt politicians. Because I was in Philadelphia and most of my employees work in offices in Trenton and points south, I learned a lot about the management also by phone.

Over the years (and there have been a few), have to use my phone often collect relevant groups of people for conference calls. Some were asked to make statements or to share information. Others have a way to exchange ideas and discuss approaches to provide a problem. Some had held monthly, weekly or even daily, so the members of my local staff can inform each other and plan together. And some are called to deal with specific problems at once.

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