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  • Happy Birthday World Wide Web

    Happy Birthday World Wide Web

    It's not celebrated widely, but in August 2021 (August 6th actually) the world wide web turns thirty. From humble beginnings, this "child" has revolutionized the world in no less a transformational way than the industrial revolution a century earlier. Think about what didn't exist in 1991: eCommerce, eBay, ezines, online [More]

  • A Better Engagement

    A Better Engagement

    There is no question that people think differently from each other.  Proof points abound:  people wear different clothes, choose different hairstyles, hold different jobs, and prefer different foods.  And whenever we write a report, make a presentation, or write a blog post, we often feel challenged by people who voice [More]

  • Social Media Fatigue

    Social Media Fatigue

    If you're like most people, you get four types of email: the kind you want, the kind you don't want (spam), invitations to "connect" on the latest social media website, and updates from your social media platforms. It's the third and fourth categories that poses a problem: responding yes is [More]

  • Communal Literacy

    Communal Literacy

    Chances are that you know how to drive, but cannot fix the engine. Eighty-five years ago, however, the answer would have been different. Motoring enthusiasts back in the 1930's and 1940's had to know the basics of automotive repair and troubleshooting, as the "newfangled" cars often broke down, needed constant [More]

  • Pictures from the Masters

    Pictures from the Masters

    Today, we go to the world's museums and galleries to admire the Masters.  We see how each brush stroke creates the picture, but often so much more: a window into the emotions of the painter.   And we marvel how indeed, their work has stood the test of time. Unfortunately, we [More]

  • A New York state of mind

    A New York state of mind

    How would you describe a typical New Yorker?  More likely than not, you wouldn't use the same words to describe someone from Los Angeles, or from a small mid-western town. People are a product of their environment, and often will take on the mindset, attitudes, and perspectives of where they [More]

  • Backwards Thinking

    Backwards Thinking

    How often do you crack open the instruction manual for the new TV, car, or piece of software? If you're like most, the answer is never. Reading through an endless list of functions is both irrelevant, and incredibly dull. In other words, a colossal waste of time. Why then, when [More]

  • Innovation and the Connected Generation

    Innovation and the Connected Generation

    There is nothing as humorous - or sad - as outdated laws. Every jurisdiction has them: No cow or sheep grazing in public gardens All businesses must provide rails to tie up horses No walking backward while eating chestnuts Unfortunately, many organizations face a similar problem: rules and regulations that [More]

  • The Right 10,000 Hours

    The Right 10,000 Hours

    Malcolm Gladwell asserts that one cannot be an expert without first earning 10,000 hours of experience. So how do you become recognized for your expertise if you don't have enough experience to be recognized...?  This isn't a problem just for those entering the workforce (or for entrepreneurs), but also for [More]

  • A Real Connection

    A Real Connection

    Think about what you do everyday: if you are in the majority, there is some period of time when you are "doing" social media. You may be checking Facebook or Instagram to see what is up with your friends. You may contribute to a conversation in a LinkedIn group. Or [More]

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