Good timing

“If you’re going to speak in front a large audience, tell a good joke to warm them up first.”  That’s the advice that many company presidents follow when they get up to present in front of their quarterly all-hands meetings.  And that’s what my company president…let’s call him Bill… did in January of 1992.  I’ll…

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Silent but deadly

Meetings can be a mix of madness, manipulation and occasionally… magnificence.  It’s amazing what can happen when a bunch of smart people are dragged into a room with a common mission and a time limit.  Sometimes the result is a brilliant and creative action plan. Sometimes it is a complete and utter waste of time. …

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Anti-social media

So your boss asked you to check out social media tools like Facebook and 1) see how it works, and 2) tell them if it’s got any positive business benefits to outweigh the potential for wasting time.    I took the Facebook challenge and I admit I’m still trying to figure out all the business benefits.  I…

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