Values & Culture

21
Jun

Flash! Facebook Declares the Written Word Dead

That’s right. Last week, Nicola Mendelsohn, a vice president at Facebook, suggested that statistics showed that the written word becoming all but obsolete, replaced by moving images and speech. She added that in five years time Facebook “will be definitely mobile, it will be probably all video.” (She didn’t cite the origin of her data.) So does this mean that

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18
May

The Nonsense of Machines Talking to Machines

On my way out of the country this past month, I set-up an auto-responder to let people know that I would be replying to e-mails as best as possible. Later that day, I launched an edition of this newsletter to my 17,000 subscribers. Of course, some of those subscribers had also placed auto-responders on their accounts for a variety of

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8
May

The Value of a Dollar

Over the years, I have encouraged employers to make sure their employees truly understand the firm’s business model by providing some vivid explanations. One of these has been to bring a stack of cash into an all-company meeting and demonstrate how that $3000 purchase becomes a net of about $50-100 after expenses, taxes and so on. I recently mentioned this

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21
Feb

Are You Amusing Yourself to Death?

I have been studying the evolving societal influences on decision making over the past several years. Some of these forces have people yelling “big brother.” Others spend their lives seeking entertainment and convenience. Three decades ago, Dr. Neil Postman explained this tension in his seminal book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Rather than my interpreting his work, I’ll let it speak for

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16
Aug

You Click, iSwipe : Generations Camp Where They’re Most Comfortable

From PCs to Google Glass, the 21st Century has birthed an evolution of digital technology resulting in a striking difference between the way people of different generations use it at work.   This difference serves as a line of demarcation that runs between two camps of employees: digital natives and digital immigrants.  Because the younger set grew up with the

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9
Aug

Too Many Rules, Not Enough Reason

A college dean mentioned to me that he and his colleagues have been frustrated by the increasingly specific demands placed on them by students.  It seems that simply providing a one or two page syllabus no longer suffices. Those in their classes ask endless questions about length, format, content, organization and so on. “We suspect there’s a strategy behind all

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17
Jul

Sandwich Manager Redux

For the past few years I have been speaking about those supervising people significantly older and younger at the same time. As the workforce continues to evolve, the number of these so-called sandwich managers is increasing rapidly.  I thought it would be worth a three-minute review of the essentials. If you’re not one of these managers, pass this along to

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6
Jun

Thinking Past the Online Search

I’ve been asked why young people don’t seem to look past the first three pages of an internet search. It’s human nature to take the easy way out and menu-driven technology seems to imply that we should do that all the time.  The consequence of all of this is that we tend to be guided or forced into making decisions

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23
May

Office Parade

Do you have a parade in your office? Do you know what I mean? The constant flow of people who wander  into your office to ask for specific instructions? “What do I do next?” one asks. “You told me what to do,” another says, “but I need more specifics.” Please follow and like us:

9
May

How to Manage the Mobile Millennial

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s recent ban on telecommuting has fueled an online debate.  What’s the buzz about?   While less than a quarter of professionals work away from a traditional office setting,  the rate of teleworkers is growing steadily each year.  More importantly, most emerging workers expect it as a work benefit. Nearly 96% percent of professionals expect some mobility and

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