What organizations need isn’t always what they want

From Seth Godin’s recent article Why ask why? The secret to creativity is curiosity… The student with no curiosity… is no problem at all. Lumps are easily managed. Same thing is true for most of the people we hire. We’d like them to follow instructions, not ask questions, not question the status quo. This reminded […]

My full review of Dan Pink’s “Drive”…

…as posted to amazon.com and GoodReads.com. = = == === ===== I read 39 books in 2009, just “a few” shy of my goal of 50. Thanks to a little nudge from Art Johnson (@artjohnson) and some tips from Julien Smith, I’ve set my 2010 sights just a little bit higher: a book a week, for a total […]

Some initial thoughts on Dan Pink’s “Drive”

I read 39 books in 2009, just “a few” shy of my goal of 50. Thanks to a little nudge from Art Johnson (@artjohnson) and some tips from Julien Smith, I’ve set my 2010 sights just a little bit higher: a book a week, for a total of 52. I got the list off to […]

Don’t judge a new book by an old cover

Is Google making us stupid, as Nicholas Carr and others have told us? I don’t think so. Instead, it is making us differently intelligent. Carr, et al are simply judging this difference, the new type of intelligence, against the old standards. In his article The War On Flow, 2009: Why Studies About Multitasking Are Missing […]

Some new thoughts on “my dad is a knowledge worker”

Several years ago (has it really been almost 5 years?!?) I wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek blog post entitled “My dad is a knowledge worker“: While I was reading Martin Roell’s Terminology: “Knowledge Worker”, a TV commercial I saw a while back came to mind: elementary school students were telling the class what their dads did […]

Too much “information”, or not enough – thoughts on telecommuting

A few days ago while re-reading some parts of The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size I tweeted the following: Is it possible that the problem isn’t too much information, but not enough info going into our subconscious to help us maintain context? When I wrote that, I was thinking of the lack of […]

Gen Y says, “Take me as I am”

I wrote my recent post Take Me As I Am with a specific, and intentional, slant towards autism and autistic individuals.  However, the feelings expressed are not limited to those with autism, as any young teenage rebel can attest. In Generation Y in the Workplace Explained, guest poster Teresa Wu gives a Gen Y perspective […]

Balance is BS? It all depends on how you define “balance”

In his book, Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi has a section entitled “Balance is BS”.  The “balance” he is referring to is the work/life balance that so many people talk about.  If you hadn’t read the rest of the book, or if you don’t know anything about Keith, you will likely be thinking, “This guy […]