Skills you need #29 – Public Speaking.

I’m on my yearly migration to Seattle for the casual game industries Casual Connect conference. I attend sessions on the latest and greatest games, gather market intelligence and just generally spy on the games industry. During the sessions I am relying people to speak well to help me understand the industry. Sadly, most people can’t …

George M. Steinbrenner – a teacher, a loudmouth and a winner.

I am a baseball fan.  It is one of the things that will appear in the first paragraph of story of my life.  In grade school I scoured the World Almanacs memorizing baseball stats and n ames of batting title winners.  My first favorite player was Ty Cobb because he won the most batting titles. …

The subway, the smart phone and my blog – a love affair.

I’ve read extensively about blogging.  From how to start them, how to write them and what the pitfalls are. One of the biggest and most often repeated is “I don’t have time”. For the New Yorker who commutes, there is always time.  The subway or the bus are great places to write. Using my trusty …

The No Asshole Rule – Are you an asshole at work?

I’m reading a book called The No Asshole Rule.  In it they argue that asshole employees do far more damage to organizations than their worth. Second it illustrates again and again that power corrupts. Two things that I am taking away from the book: 1.  I need to be better to people and not be …

3 things the World Cup taught me about work.

The World Cup has served up its share of surprises and things we expected. I thought how can we apply the things we’re seeing on the pitch to how we live day to day. - Organization and single purpose can sometimes trump superior talent Watching New Zealand draw with Italy and Switzerland beat Spain showed …

Sad corporate culture examples.

We’re all looking for authentic experiences.  Our lives are innundated with phoniness.  Impersonal advertising, impersonal brand interactions and wooden chain restaurant “thank you, come again’s” The worst of these offenses comes from our corporate manufactured events. Sure, we know you are supposed to do it, but don’t bother when it’s insensere. Just comes off as …