Why Fix It…

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by in Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

An item in this morning’s online Wall Street Journal caught my eye.  It deals with a redesign of a very common office and household item, the venerable paper clip. In summary, ACCO Brands Corp., one of two key manufacturers of this item, is introducing a new version of the paper clip, which they’ve been making […]

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Perceived Powerlessness

Posted on 27. Aug, 2011 by in Growth, Innovation, Leadership, Productivity

As I write this, the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. is feeling more than a bit of what Earth’s dynamic systems can evince: Hurricane Irene—while weakening from its higher-powered status—is causing major disruptions to various ecological systems and those wrought by humanity, as well.  Whole areas of Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware are being evacuated, […]

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A Failure to Think Critically

Posted on 25. Aug, 2011 by in Growth, Leadership

Several weeks ago, a friend asked me what I thought about the advent of Comet Elenin, a long-period comet discovered in late 2010. What he found noteworthy was that the comet would be closest to Earth (perigee) during the Jewish High Holy Days this year, which occur over a 10-day span, late September into early […]

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Selling the Sizzle?

Posted on 22. Aug, 2011 by in Leadership, Productivity

I’ve always been fascinated by spaceships–first, the science-fiction variety, with the then-requisite pointy nosecones, swept-back wings, and cockpit canopies, all of which made them look like super, super-fast fighter jets.  As I got older (I’m not sure I can say “matured”) and began to work as a contractor in and around the NASA environment, I […]

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Connectivity Withdrawal

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by in Growth, Productivity

Our Internet connection went down last night, as a result of a huge lightning strike to our ISP’s central distribution site.  We found this out upon returning to the office after a much-needed one-hour respite from professional activities.  I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but my immediate reaction—other than a technological “I-wonder-what-happened?”—was […]

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