My Favorite Blogs – Part 4 of 4

While I’m out of the office for a few weeks, check out some of my favorite blogs. Today’s theme is: Technology.

  • Accenture Digital Business explores “the issues and challenges associated with generating growth and creating value in a digital world.”
  • Asymco is described as “an evolving experiment in collaborative and peer reviewed analysis.” If scientific analysis is your thing, dig in.
  • Forrester Blog for CIOs is a must read for anyone holding an executive IT position.
  • Marc Schiller is a noted author, thought leader and IT consultant. He excels in offering real-world examples of challenges faced when IT meets business, especially in the area of communications.

My Favorite Blogs – Part 3 of 4

While I’m out of the office for a few weeks, check out some of my favorite blogs. Today’s theme is: Photography.


My Favorite Blogs – Part 2 of 4

While I’m out of the office for a few weeks, check out some of my favorite blogs. Today’s theme is: Big Thinkers.

  • Brad Feld and Seth Levine. These tech investors/venture capitalists offer extraordinary insights into the world of business and money.
  • James Fallows. A correspondent for The Atlantic, Fallows covers a range of issues, particularly relating to politics and national defense.

My Favorite Blogs – part 1 of 4

While I’m out of the office for a few weeks, check out some of my favorite blogs. Today’s theme is: Fresh Perspectives.

  • Brain Pickings is described by the author as “a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.”
  • Indexed is unique. Diagrams and doodles are a means for the author to “make fun of some things and sense of others.”

The Demise of the Pen

Photo by Mark Baker

Photo by Mark Baker

Yes, I have a pen problem, but perhaps not in the way you might think. The problem is there are fewer and fewer occasions to use my pens, especially since the vast majority of my day is 100% digital. Working with a team with members both inside and outside of the firm means virtual communication.

How many documents do you even sign anymore? In fact, when an official document like a contract requires a signature, I often sign with a finger or stylus on a tablet. No paper required. Thus, Fare Thee Well, My Pen caught my attention. The pen may well be dead!

One result is that it is increasingly hard to find a nice pen store. My two regional favorites (Daly’s Pen Shop in Milwaukee and Century Pens in Chicago) have been lamenting the very same fact. Does scarcity mean the value of my collection will increase or be irrelevant? I’m banking on the former.

There are conflicting studies as to whether people learn and retain information better when they take handwritten notes versus those on a keyboard. That leads me to wonder if a stylus on a tablet has the same memory retention effect as pen to paper? What do you think?


The Inquisitive Learner Walks the Talk

globe fertigFor some time, I’ve wanted to enroll in a course from one of the large online education providers, and now I’m finally doing it. Starting September 1, I’m taking a University of Texas at Austin course titled Age of Globalization by Professor John Hoberman.

I’m not totally sure of the commitment, but the course comes highly recommended and it’s FREE! For 15 weeks, participants will learn about the historical and cultural systems driving globalization and changing societies around the world. Anybody want to join me?

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Weekly Download 14.17

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Here’s a recap of news and notes from around the Web that caught my attention over the past week or so.

Don’t Let Incumbents Hold Back the Future. Instead of protecting the past from the future, what about protecting the future from the past to allow innovation to flourish?

As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain. Innovation in pharma has shifted from large legacy suburban corporate campuses (some due to merger) and appeared in/near large research based universities. Is this trend a harbinger for large monolithic corporations? Does it reflect the new economy where coordination can happen outside of large formal hierarchical organizations? Does it reflect the new worker driven by independence, passion, and meritocracy? Could this also be happening in software technology where the traditional front runners in innovation give way to an ecosystem of innovators and entrepreneurs? Perhaps it has already happened.

Going beyond facts and figures, business leaders who know How to Tell a Great Story have an advantage over others. Good stories attach emotions to things and create “sticky” memories.

To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to “Change the Culture.” Taking on an entire culture is too big of a mountain to climb all at once. Smart companies start by taking on smaller efforts that, over time, will culminate in larger change.

No, this isn’t the Onion, it’s the BBC. A gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened. What’s next?