Can You Get Ahead By Putting Down Your Phone and Picking Up Your Kid? And Other Metaphorical Scenarios…

Do you work too hard? Or rather… Are you feeling that if you don’t work 24/7, you won’t get ahead? Have you ever questioned the effort you put into things…wondering if it was really worth it or, worse, wondering why it seemed there was so much swirling and duplication? And then nothing? How about this…

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It’s Not Your Father’s University…Or Yours…Lessons from the U

Technology has always been a constant factor in the evolution of education – teaching and learning. From cave painting to the Greek Academies to the invention of paper…from chalk to electronic stylus…from lectures to interactive videos…the social forces inherent in our very DNA have pushed the sharing experience that is at the core of good…

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Disney on VICE

I’d like to share a news story. New York Post Adweek An important news story from the US that will soon affect the world…in fact, already does…. Hailed by the media, analysts and assorted expert pundits…yet is a powerfully explosive proof point of the way Digibabble limits our thinking and clouds our reasoning. News that…

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Language Powers Digital

What comes first? Once was digital. Then gamification. Now mobile. Maybe next wearable. But what does any of that really mean? Is not the ultimate use of any of the above based on ideas? And aren’t ideas based on people’s vision for creating something new? And, at the end of the day will it not…

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Are You Ready for a World of Cats?

Try this. Next time you are in a conversation with a friend, go silent for 8 seconds. Count the time in your head…a good slow 8 seconds. Don’t react to anything. Watch your friend’s face…thank you, Sheryl Sandberg, for the experiment…. You have just experienced the time lag that often occurs as your desired content,…

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Volkswagen and the Ying and Yang of Technology

“Any color so long as it’s black.” So said Henry Ford – or at least so says Henry Ford’s autobiography…. When or where or if he said it is irrelevant – he was making a point that was really about production efficiencies and less about customer opportunity. Yet today, besides the myriad choices we have…

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Evil Hipster Ecologist Taxis? Will it Fly???

“What drives the most successful start-ups isn’t money, it’s the mission. The founders who go on to create the greatest value for themselves and their investors are those with a vision of changing the world in some way.” So wrote Kevin Laws in the Harvard Business Review last July. Do you believe that? Doesn’t money…

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A Rare Einstein Thought I Hope Never Comes True

Over the past few weeks I have watched how technology and its applications can impact the lives of bedridden patients in the most profound ways. I have seen a hospital bed that reacts to patients’ vital signs so that there is no need to hook them up with cords to beeping, buzzing monitors. Heart rate…respiration…

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Are You One in Seven?

Another summer post…. Did you feel it? Were you a part of it? Was it your post that took it over the top? The “it” that I’m talking about is the reported fact that Facebook, last Monday, August 24, 2015, had one billion users log in for the first time ever in one day…. Facebook’s…

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Can You Be a CEO? A Chief Entrepreneurial Officer…

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes…see Kickstarter…and despite our predilection to skew our entrepreneurial worship towards the high-tech sector and big money exits…the couple who opened an artisanal cheese shop in a newly going hip neighborhood and the friends who started a bed and breakfast in an unusual locale or the passionate city dweller…

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Darwin, Productivity and Innovation

A, B, C, D, E, F, G…. I need to make a profit for Wall Street to see…. So begins a Ramble for a hot August day…and a thought starter – I hope – to get a discussion going in exploring PRODUCTIVITY and INNOVATION…. Mutually exclusive? Mutually beneficial? Not even related? The hint I gave…

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Imagine if Cecil Were a Human

We don’t have to imagine, the proof is pretty clear…. “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight…wimoweh…wimoweh…AHHHH EEEE OOOOO…” How I loved that song growing up… I learned it from listening to famous folk singer Pete Seeger and was taught that it was a traditional Zulu chant that referred to the nascent…

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Learning How to Use an iEgg

A short summer ramble… More of a share of a great article really…but I’d be remiss not to comment – at least a little… Question… Have you ever heard of an iDiophone? Hint – it’s an incredible musical device…fills in spaces and gaps in music…fully self-contained…many are beautifully and ergonomically designed…mobile…easy to use…intuitive… Clearly an…

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Making Different Pay Off

Another summer Ramble… I have been lucky to have experienced Super Bowls…I have been fortunate to have cheered at Olympic Opening Ceremonies…I have happily shouted at World Series Games…I have had the privilege of attending Broadway and Hollywood opening nights, and I have had the opportunity to meet famous people, of all types, all over…

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What We Can Learn from 3-Year-Olds

A Ramble for a Summer Sunday… We just came back from our granddaughter’s third birthday party – and what a party it was! Bouncing castle, trampoline, merry-go-round, face painting, or in my case bicep – hey! I’m in touch with my inner pirate fantasy – balloon sculpture and general running-around-the-lawn fun. Healthy snacks, lots of…

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Make the Most of a Trifling Exception

I am a sucker for fireworks…a complete sucker…I revert to my little kid persona every time I see even a small fireworks display…and when it’s huge and beautiful, don’t ask!! More – add big, loud, colorful patriotic music and I can barely contain myself…. For citizens of the United States, July 4th – Independence Day…

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Simple is as Simple Wins

True confession… I am sitting in Cannes, Cote d’Azur, French Riviera; at a little desk facing large balcony-type windows – open by the way; enjoying the fresh breeze and mesmerized by the sea and the vista of hills, beautiful villas and an array of boats, from oligarch yachts to elegant sailboats to speedy tender to…

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What Do Gawker and The New York Times Have in Common?

Digital is everything…but not everything is digital… My readers know my mantra and are familiar with all my varied and growing proof points from The New York Times…even the printed edition comes from a digital source…to Warby Parker opening stores in highly trafficked retail locations…because the live experience of trying on glasses with friends in…

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