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Show AND Tell

Adapted from “Show and Tell: There’s a Reason It’s Called Storytelling” by Carol-Lynn Marrazzo Contrary to what you may think or may have been led to believe, writers TELL their stories. Take a look at this package from Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People”:   “She sat staring at him. There was nothing about her face … Continue reading

The Horror of California’s Three-Strikes Law

California Horror Stories and the 3-Strikes Law By BRENT STAPLES Californians brought a close to a shameful period in the state’s history when they voted this month to soften the infamous “three strikes” sentencing law. The original law was approved by ballot initiative in 1994, not long after a parolee kidnapped and murdered a 12-year-old girl. … Continue reading

Ten Leadership Changes You Should Implement

1. Out: Micro-management, or the need to control every aspect of your company. In: Empowerment, the ability to give your people some rope–even rope to make mistakes without blame. 2. Out: Management by walking around the office; it is no longer enough to be visible. In: Leadership by watching and listening, engaging in conversation, implementing the … Continue reading

Is it Time to Get Rid of E-Mail?

From a McKinsey Interview with Luis Suarez, social computing evangelist, IBM, May 28, 2012. Returning from an offsite event in February 2008, IBM Software Group’s knowledge management consultant, Luis Suarez, opened his e-mail inbox and saw more than 200 messages. This was his tipping point. An in-house expert on social software (he had been working … Continue reading

The Presenter’s Paradox

The Presentation Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Review   During an interview, your potential new boss asks you to briefly describe your qualifications. At this moment, you have a single objective: be impressive. So you begin to rattle off your list of accomplishments: your degrees from Harvard and … Continue reading

Book Review – The McKinsey Mind

This book (which I keep calling “the Minkey Mind” after Peter Seller’s character in the Pink Panther) is an illuminating view into the brainwashing and McKinsey-speak that many of America’s CEOs and consultants spout without much forethought. While McKinsey’s “scientific” approach to problem-solving (break it down into pieces, come up with a hypothesis, test your … Continue reading

PopUp Magazine – Issue Seven

Pop Up Magazine – Edition Seven What is PopUp Magazine? A once in a lifetime event, or another San Francisco hype-story? A bit of both, perhaps. In its seventh edition, this San Francisco “happening” may be the next Burning Man in the making. For one evening at Davies Symphony Hall, a sold-out audience comes together to … Continue reading

The three (four?) forms of Innovation – Clayton Christensen

By Clayton S. Christensen “A Capitalists Dilemma” New York Times, Sunday Nov 4th, 2012 According to Professor Christensen, there are three forms of innovation: Empowering Innovations – That transform complex, costly products only available to a few to simpler, cheaper products available to many. (And that use capital to expand capacity and finance receivables and inventory.) … Continue reading

Nine daily habits for happiness

1. Start each day with expectation. If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: “something wonderful is going to happen today.” Guess what? You’re probably right. 2. Take time to plan and prioritize. The … Continue reading