Cover of Ernest Hemingway
You might have noticed from time to time that I’m redundant in this space. You might find a few awkward turns of a phrase. Maybe you think my grammar is off or that I’m taking 100 words to say something that you could express in 10. You’re probably not wrong.
I don’t have an editor. Believe me, it’s not because I’m sensitive about being corrected: I’d welcome the advice. It’s more due to the fact that this screed is a blog and is supposed to be kind of raw. But what we do in business isn’t blogging and I want to spend a minute on that today. Continue reading
Cover of Clarence Clemons
Devastating news over the weekend about the passing of Clarence Clemons from complications arising from the stroke he had a week ago. I suppose it shouldn’t have been such a shock since the early reports on his condition weren’t that great, but it was. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen Scooter and The Big Man over the last almost 40 years and knowing I won’t see the two of them together again makes me sad.
As I’ve had time to think about this over the last 36 hours, two things did cross my mind that I think are right for this space and I hope you do as well. Continue reading
The NBC Nightly News had a report last night about kids and their knowledge of American history. Anyone who cares about either education or history would find the report disturbing and this AP article reported on the same facts:
Just 13 percent of high school seniors who took the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress — called the Nation’s Report Card — showed solid academic performance in American history. The two other grade levels tested didn’t perform much better, with just 22 percent of fourth-grade students and 18 percent of eighth-graders scoring proficient or better.
Beleive it or not, there are some implications to business too. Continue reading
Image-That Other Paper/Flickr
The Mrs. had an interesting experience this morning. A new Whole Foods opened up nearby and after running some other errands she went in to shop on the early side. In fact, she was just about the only customer in the place.
As she walked in she sensed a different kind of energy and asked a staff member if something was going on. It turned out that something was indeed going on: a visit to the new store by the corporate CEO and other higher-ups. And that’s when the interesting experience began. Continue reading
Image by AWKWORDrap via Flickr
Sad news this morning about The Big Man, Clarence Clemons. Reports are that he had a stroke over the weekend and isn’t doing well. This got me thinking about The Boss, of course, and another article from Rolling Stone (thanks Phil) that a friend posted in their Facebook stream about some great musical collaborations Bruce has had. In my mind, none is better than that with Clarence (OK, maybe with Steven too) and I’m hoping this illness is just a bump in the road.
Of course, the collaboration article got me thinking about business and let’s see if you agree. Continue reading