A common message of great nobility – Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 and Michelle Obama, 2016

What a common message of great nobility… How we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level -– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high. Michelle Obama, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, July 25, 2016       But there is something that… Read More A common message of great nobility – Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 and Michelle Obama, 2016

An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

ordeal a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one. —————— You remember the old illustration/joke. A couple is talking, and the woman says: “It’s just… there’s all this pressure. My head just won’t start hurting.” The man finally says “You do have a nail in your head.” (Watch the short video, “It’s Not About the… Read More An ordeal is not… ideal – Thoughts on working conditions; workplace morale; plain old fashioned “fun”

Follow the Data – At Work; for your Health – Follow the Data!

Data: facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. Big Data: extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Small Data: Small data is data in a volume and format that makes it accessible, informative and actionable. Small data typically… Read More Follow the Data – At Work; for your Health – Follow the Data!

David Evans and Dick Schmalensee on “The New Economics of Multisided Platforms”: An interview by Bob Morris

David Evans and Dick Schmalensee are among the early pioneers in the research of “multi-sided markets” and the economic principles that inform the unique design of business models, pricing and incentive structures, and product design for these platform-based businesses. David is an economist, business adviser, and entrepreneur. He cofounded, and helps lead, two consulting organizations:… Read More David Evans and Dick Schmalensee on “The New Economics of Multisided Platforms”: An interview by Bob Morris

Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)

The term ‘management development’ means the same general thing is ‘management training.’ It’s the idea of making managers better at their jobs. We already know from research that this doesn’t happen very much. Ted Bauer, Management development is hot garbage ——————– So, for a Saturday morning, let’s ask again a question that is often asked: “Does… Read More Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)

Donald Trump Could Have Used More Vocal Variety – a Reflection about his Speaking Voice

Crescendo, abbreviated cresc., translates as “growing”, and diminuendo, abbreviated dim., or decrescendo, abbreviated to decresc., mean “gradually becoming softer”. From Wikipedia ——————– It seems to be a unanimous evaluation – Donald Trump was loud on Thursday night; maybe too loud; maybe too loud in almost every sentence. This is not a post about his politics… Read More Donald Trump Could Have Used More Vocal Variety – a Reflection about his Speaking Voice

Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Save the date! I am excited to announce that Creative Communication Network will sponsor a half-day workshop on Domestic Violence this fall.  The exact date is Friday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.  This is purple shirt day.  We will meet at First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas. The exact title is… Read More Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle – My Lessons and Takeaways

I don’t drink coffee. I start there, because it helps explain why I drink soda. Here’s a brief history of my soda drinking life: Dr Pepper when younger. Shift to misc. diet drinks as I could no longer afford the calories of the real stuff. For the last few years, I’ve gone with Dr Pepper… Read More Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle – My Lessons and Takeaways

“Discipline is hard” – Reminders from The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Not much time for blogging today. But here are three excerpts from The Checklist Manifesto: 
How to Get Things Right
 by Atul Gawande that are worth re-reading: Failures of ignorance we can forgive. If the knowledge of the best thing to do in a given situation does not exist, we are happy to have people… Read More “Discipline is hard” – Reminders from The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande