8
Mar

This is not my question (although I have been thinking about this for awhile). Someone wrote about Oprah’s branding failure this week and it reminded me why I cancelled my subscription to her magazine several years ago. This author suggested that Oprah’s branding failure resulted from 1) forgetting her core value 2) taking away what […]

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29
Jan

There’s a great article in today’s Wall Street Journal about a group of 40-something men who have been playing a game of tag with each other for the past 23 years: The game they play is fundamentally the same as the schoolyard version: One player is “It” until he tags someone else. But men in […]

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6
Jun

Seniors at Anderson High School in Indiana in May covered an entrance with Post-it Notes, imitating a prank at Cascade High School in Clayton, Ind. Full disclosure:  I participated in a number of pranks when I was in high school, usually involving toilet-papering trees.   My friends also released the chickens from the Ag building […]

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22
May

I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn.com, as it allows me to easily keep current on my network as well as easily update my own profile information and activities on behalf of my clients and audiences.  Recently, someone in my network contacted me and asked me whether I was still affiliated with an old institution.  I […]

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15
May

Richard Leader, CFA, writing in the Houston Chronicle, had this to say about the trust and the economy: Central to financial markets around the world is the issue of trust.  Trust enables people to do business with each other.  Lack of trust causes economic stagnation.  Lots of different things have contributed to this mess we […]

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25
Apr

I’ve given plenty of unpaid help to people looking to improve their professional communications over the years, mostly to my students looking for feedback on their resumes, but also to friends and colleagues who wanted to improve their resumes, cover letters, academic manuscripts, and other important written communications.  I’ve received such help myself as well […]

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14
Feb

Karen is a lifelong Scrabble fanatic, and so when our kids introduced her to Words with Friends on her iPhone, she was of course immediately hooked.   So are a lot of other people, 20 million in fact according to today’s Wall Street Journal: Last summer, Kyla Smith spelled S-E-X-Y in Words With Friends, an […]

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9
Feb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIkIjI6r6i0

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10
Jan

I’ve owned a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid for more than five years now, and we’ve leased a 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid since the summer of 2008, so we’ve got lots of driving experience with them.  As enthusiastic as I am about finding ways to save gasoline and money, and have our country import less foreign […]

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4
Jan

There’s a great profile of Stephen Colbert in the New York Times Magazine.  Here’s one excerpt: From his mother, “She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us. What […]

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