How to Work a Room

How to Work a Room

Do you know how to work a room? At some point, we all have had to do it: at a business event, a social event, a birthday party, etc. Even showing up for the first time to a group exercise class can be intimidating. The setting isn’t really the issue – the...
Deception by Design

Deception by Design

Deception seems to be an accepted part of the online ecosystem. Whatever happened to design that was meant to delight and serve the customer? Some days ago, I posted about Microsoft’s shenanigans to force people to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10....
Paying your Dues

Paying your Dues

Paying your Dues is a concept that is still alive and well. This weekend, I had a great conversation with a young man who has a pretty great job. However, he has been doing it for a few years, and is ready for a change. He is doing precisely what he loves, but too...
Paying the Price for Packaging

Paying the Price for Packaging

Packaging, or branding, is all the rage. We live in an interconnected world. Nowhere is that more abundantly clear than when we encounter a common catastrophe, a single point of failure. Latest case in point: the “voluntary” recall by a food producer of...
Impress your Boss

Impress your Boss

Looking for an easy way to impress your boss? Here’s an idea to help you do just that. You won’t even have to call your tech guy for help, just a little ingenuity. Most people in this country work for small businesses, and those companies don’t tend...
Cut the Culture Crap

Cut the Culture Crap

There is a pervasive meme about creating a culture of fill-in-the-blank. It makes people feel good, but in the end, it is all crap. Pardon my frustration, but I bet that you will agree with me. Evidence #1. When certain large companies gobble up smaller players in...