Trent Wolbe is standing on freshly broken soil in his backyard in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, giving a virtual tour of the structure that will soon stand there–a small two-story, two-bedroom house designed to reflect the neighborhood’s Craftsman aesthetic. “You get to the stairs through here, in the back of the kitchen,” he says, describing the thousand-square-foot layout of the home he plans to occupy with his partner, Grace Lee, and their toddler once the project is finished, a move that will allow them to rent out their existing house in front. They began this effort–to build what city planners commonly refer to as an “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU)–two years ago, and they admit to some weariness. “We’ve been exceedingly patient,” Wolbe says. Every home-construction undertaking is a challenge, but since May 2016, Wolbe and Lee have been pioneers in a real-world test for the City of Los Angeles, … [Read more...] about L.A.’s Bold Plan To Pack Its Backyards With More Housing
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Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
At some point in their careers, your employees will reach a breaking point: Are they happy with their jobs and careers, or is it time to move on, to try something new? Too often, companies are letting excellent employees leave, rather than enabling them to reach their full potential. advertisement advertisement Take the example of Michael, a finance director who left his corporate accounting career after 30 years because he was no longer motivated by his work. After a volunteering stint with an organization that needed both his accounting skills and his personal passion for photography, he found a new drive to do accounting work when and where it made a difference. He now works in accounting for small nonprofits where he knows that his skills are helping others and having a positive impact on the world. Michael’s experience allowed him to discover how his accounting career can, in a small way, change the world. That he had to leave a good job with a good company in … [Read more...] about Purpose-driven leaders will occupy your workplace in 2020: Here’s how to maximize them
With more and more people working remotely at least some of the time, more employees are experiencing that things change when there’s no office. Dynamics, habits, and workflows change in a remote organization. Some changes are obvious, but others are subtle. advertisement advertisement As an employee in a fully remote company for the last few years, I’ve learned a few things that have helped me make the most of remote work. Here are some of my biggest lessons. Overcommunicate by default How do you know if your teammate is blocked? How does the team leader know the current status of a project? These important questions are often answered over coffee or by walking to someone’s desk if you work in an office. When you work remotely, some of this communication can get lost unless you actively work to change that. At Buffer, we focus on overcommunicating by default all that we do and how we are feeling with our current workload/team/schedule. Yes, … [Read more...] about Do these 9 things to get better at working remotely