Monthly Archives: March 2017

Everyone Thinks They Are First

A few years ago on a trip to Vietnam, a friend took me to a concert by the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra, accompanying a Japanese pianist in a program of American jazz at the Hanoi Opera House. That’s creative globalization at its finest. One of the fun things about that was that the pianist was […]

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Bring the Talent

In the first half of the 2000s the US Army used a new recruiting slogan: Army of One. A lot of people, especially veterans and people who were still in the Army and had been for a while, did not like the new recruiting campaign because they thought it was contrary to the concept of […]

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Remember Why You Are Here

Economist Milton Friedman famously wrote in 1970 that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.” Stripped of all the discussion about whether or not a corporation is like a person, or how providing jobs and wages and goods and services is how private companies contribute to society, we are left with one […]

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Rhythmic Workplaces

Hmmm… Jocelyn Glei writes at 99U about the rhythms of work vs the rhythms of creative labor. She highlights what she sees as the differentiation between the two, and discusses how your ability to pursue work effectively is under your control more so than pursuing creative labor effectively. Creativity, it seems, may be subject to […]

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Fighting For Your Right to Be Outdated

All the discussion about streaming sites’ VPN blocking and other attempts to stop online piracy have, to a large extent, ignored the business models that content owners are following. Many of them, like television networks, they have continued to ignore changes in technology and obvious consumer demand and instead have looked to legal and technological […]

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Stepping Back Can Help You Step Forward

I was in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and a friend who is a graphic designer there told me about another designer who recently went to New York for an 8-month internship. The odd thing about it was that, rather than being a student, this particular designer had been working for an advertising firm for […]

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Newton Did Not Work in an Open Office

Isaac Newton did not sit in an open-air cubicle design, sharing documents in the cloud and participating in global group discussions on his iPad by Apple. Instead, he sat under a tree and looked at the clouds, and an apple fell on his head. Sometimes, knowledge workers need the solitude to think. We have a […]

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Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Creating the working environment you want can be a challenge. Whether you are trying to get people to be innovative or to stick with what has worked before; create a collaborative workforce or one filled with strong individual rock stars; or, expand into new markets vs becoming the top company in a single market, you […]

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Hanging On To New Hires

We talked the other day about holding on to long-time employees, but try not to let your new ones get away, either. When you hire new employees, you need to remember that they have been in job-hunting mode for a while, and just because they have started a new job does not mean they’ve flipped […]

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