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First sentence: Best of 2014

I’m a word person, but even I stand daunted by the floods and floods of text surround the asking for contributions. The emails and letters never…stop…coming. In many of the asks, the development department kicks off their letter by carefully re-stating the obvious of who you’re supporting — “Thank you for your past support of Punktinet School,” or […]

Good management target: Screamails

We’ve all gotten them: Emails that are terse, all-capped, copying everyone in the world and sent with HIGHEST PRIORITY. They usually arrive late on a Friday, or even in the middle of the night. These are the emails that make good managers cringe, emails that are destructive of teams, of morale, of productivity. Scream-mails. So […]

Make meetings count #2

Meetings. We spend hours in them. We invite too many people. We don’t invite the right people. We fail to question whether a standing meeting has outlived its function, or whether a new standing meeting really needs to be born. We confuse throwing people in a room with running a productive meeting. A few years ago, […]

Love is in the air

Anyone who pays attention to marketing has heard about the pipeline and the funnel, those venerableimages of the pathway consumers take to brand loyalty. Tim Halloran, writing a blog for the Harvard Business Journal, has a slightly new take: The brand as love-object. Or even more than love-object, really, “someone” with whom you have a […]

Happy, defined (by the boss)

Wouldn’t YOU pay attention when Scott Adams, brilliant definer of the work world in “Dilbert,” writes about how to be happier? I would. Last week, Adams penned a front-page piece for The Washington Post‘s week-in-review section. He is tremendously skilled at being reductive, distilling a concept into a three-panel portrait of life at work. In […]