I Can See Clearly Now, The Rain Is Gone

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” -Robert Frost Tom Asacker is offering nine predictions for the new year. Here is one: Most people will sit quietly in their seats and watch life unfold around them A recent New Yorker magazine cartoon made it comically clear: […]

Books In Mind, Burritos In Stomach

Books are important. Family is important. Buying books for friends and family members this holiday season is important. Particularly, if you’re buying them from Broadway Books at 1714 NE Broadway in Portland. That’s the message coming from Everyday Dude in San Francisco. His mother has owned and operated the independent bookstore for the better part […]

If You Publish A Newspaper Today, You’re A Change Agent

Katharine Weymouth, Publisher of The Washington Post sent out a company wide email yesterday, titled “The Road Forward.” Here’s an excerpt: To expand our revenue base and diversify our business model, we must look for opportunities to create new products, especially in the areas where business and policy intersect. These may include the hosting of […]

Eight Ways To Get Paid For Producing Free Content

Writers, artists and and all variety of content creators struggle with this riddle: How to make money in an environment where much of the literature, journalism and art that fills ones day is free of charge? We know for sure that putting the genie back in the bottle if a futile waste, even though many […]

Swim Against The Tide At Your Own Peril

Clay Shirky was astounded by the throwback thinking he found in James Gleick’s opinion piece on the long term value of publishing printed objects, a.k.a. books. Businesses don’t survive in the long term because old people persist in old behaviors; they survive because young people renew old behaviors, and all the behaviors young people are […]

We’re Only Six Thousand Five Hundred Days In

This video below is better after you stretch your mind a bit. So here’s some poetry. Poetry Is a Destructive Force by Wallace Stevens That’s what misery is, Nothing to have at heart. It is to have or nothing. It is a thing to have, A lion, an ox in his breast, To feel it […]

Our Cognitive Wiring Needs A Tune Up

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein I was reading my signed copy of Tom Asacker’s new book, A Little Less Conversation: Connecting with Customers in a Noisy World, on the plane from Houston this morning. The opening passage in Chapter 3 reached […]

There Is A Recipe For Success, But It’s Not Easy To Follow

Malcolm Gladwell’s books, The Tipping Point and Blink, have sold more than three million copies combined in North America alone. Last week his new book, Outliers, was released. It looks at what factors lead to making a person successful in the workplace. According to the Globe and Mail, the book “thoroughly demolishes the myth of […]

Fight Economic Malaise

Tom Asacker is the change agent’s change agent. So it’s natural that he has some thoughts on changing one’s behavior when different/better results are sought. You have the talent, the ability and the contacts. But do you have the vision and courage? Vision and courage are what leadership is all about: Making sure that everyone […]

Real Journalists Scraping By Online

I don’t mind saying I’m fascinated by this story on startups in online journalism. At the center of the piece is VoiceofSanDiego.org, the creation of San Diego venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Buzz Woolley, and a rag tag crew of journalists swimming to shore from sinking print vehicles. “Information is now a public service as much […]