Monthly Archives: December 2010

Fore!

A golf ball.

Since I can’t really play golf (the greens are closed, it’s not the temperature stopping me!) I figure I’d write about it. It’s in the news this morning with a court decision that actually makes an excellent business point as well.   While you might have seen the news story, I’m not so sure you thought about it in those terms.  That’s why I’m here! Continue reading

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Looking Past What You See

What’s among the hottest categories of gifts this holiday season? E-readers. Seems like everyone either has one, is giving one, or is getting one. I know of quite a few folks who are installing the Kindle software on their iPads to accomplish the same task. Hey – that’s pretty amazing – I just mentioned 2 hot items that didn’t exist a couple of years ago but now are everywhere.
As with a lot of things, I think it’s interesting to take a look back, so here are a few direct quotes to help you remember. Continue reading

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Memory

60 Minutes

I don’t know if you watched the 60 minutes story last night on endless memory.  You can see the first part of the story here and there’s a link to the second part on the player.  In a nutshell, the story shows 5 folks – including a famous actress – who have complete recall of every moment of their lives since they were kids.  You pick a date, they tell you what happened.  A lot of people think it’s some kind of parlor trick but the research clearly demonstrates that it’s real.  I thought it was fascinating and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Of course, as I was watching, I had a business thought which I’d like to share with you as well. Continue reading

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Oxymoronic Cocktails

"Flaming" cocktails contain a small ...

Let’s end the week with some drinks.  It’s Friday and that’s sort of food-related, right?  I’ve written before about the “Eat This Not That” series which took a foray into the world of cocktails the other day.  Turns out there was a business point to be made along with all the health talk.  The newsletter featured four of the world’s healthiest cocktails since, as they put it, if you’re going for the buzz, you might as well get some benefits right?  Not so much. Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why I Blog

I get asked sometimes why I write this stuff 5 days a week.  It’s probably a couple of thousand words and several hours’ time each week and I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy because sometimes it’s painfully hard.  I do have my reasons, however, and I thought I’d share 10 of them with you today.  These are in no particular order and some overlap (being concise is not one of my strengths) but they came surprisingly easily when I made the list.  Here we go. Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Leave Me Alone?

The Beacon (The Twilight Zone)

The title doesn’t refer to you guys, of course, unless you’re a tone-deaf marketer. You know the ones I mean. The folks who call during dinner despite the fact that you’re on every “do not call” list known to mankind. The idiots who tie up your fax machine with offers for last minute trips or insurance you don’t need. “Oh, he means spammers” you say. Not just them. Marketers who ignore our requests to be left alone.  Maybe we’re all a bit guilty and a discussion beginning to heat up brings it all to the fore. Continue reading

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Asking The Right Way

The Business Process Management Life-Cycle

I’ve been at this blogging thing going on three years now.  I know – you’d think I’d run out of things to say but there are an awful lot of random thoughts bouncing around my head.  Besides, lots of folks are really helpful about suggesting topics when I feel as if I’m running out of ideas (and you should feel free to do so).

Hopefully because I’m interesting but maybe because I’ve been at it a while, some of the folks suggesting topics are paid to do so.  That’s right – PR folks who want me to write about a book their client has written or some great new product they’ve released.  I got three of these yesterday (a typical day) and what was great is that one of them actually asked the right way. Continue reading

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