La Piana Consulting, like Yahoo, could limit itself to hiring employees who live within commuting distance of a physical office. If we did, however, we would lose a lot of talented – and productive – individuals. Life is complex, and messy, and everyone is juggling. Yes, most of us face distractions at home. Having worked in a “traditional” office before coming to La Piana, however, I can attest to the fact that there are just as many distractions in that setting. Working effectively in the face of distraction is a skill everyone must hone these days – as is working collaboratively with individuals and groups that aren’t close enough to pass the chocolate.