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As a child I was nurtured on regular doses of science fiction, particularly Star Trek. The original series always found its way onto our television sets. Captain Kirk and his crew regularly averted complete destruction by some clever (or sometimes corny) means. Kirk’s strength was superhuman—a model for men (I thought); he was “a red-blooded American boy,” as one man called him. He was the protector of his ship. When The Wrath of Khan came to the big screen, I remember the surprise of many Trekkers in our congregation to the idea of a woman as captain. There on the big screen stood Kirstie Ally, giving orders to all of her male subordinates. What had become of Starfleet anyway? Don’t they know that women are irrational? “It’s all right,... Read more
Every organization says they want feedback. It helps the leadership to finetune its knowledge of what the members want and may even uncover the next new thing or important next development. Members in organizations like knowing what their colleagues are thinking and experiencing and such communication helps them to develop professionally and may even change opinions. Sometimes communication may bring us up short. Sometimes we may learn more from feedback than we really want to know. Certainly hearing each other's stories and what we're thinking is a good thing, but there is a risk that our pat ideas may get challenged. Blogs are a particularly good tool for giving and getting opinion, but like other technologies, it has its side effects. Email, for example, speeded up lette... Read more