Google’s Stock Slides. Executive Team Says, No Worries.

In this day of quarterly numbers and short-term decisions, it’s refreshing to see a company move counter to this trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google is such a company. Messrs. Brin, Page and Schmidt made it starkly clear in Google’s so-called “Owner’s Manual,” filed as part of the company’s IPO prospectus in April […]

Digital Haves Have It Goin’ On

The fine folks at Zeus Jones in Minneapolis have put a nice slide together that reframes the debate around digital divides.

Marketing That Matters–Advertising 101 For The Green Crowd

I’ve never worked on the client side, nor have I ever started a business, so I don’t quite fit into the intended audience of Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business And Change The World by Chip Conley and Eric Friedenwald-Fishman. Nevertheless, it’s a good primer on marketing for anyone building a brand […]

Mastering The Mix

Tim O’Reilly talks about the value of putting people from different disciplines in a room together. In thinking about the future of collective intelligence, we need to make sure that we not only think about systems that lead to convergence of opinion, but also ones that ensure divergence, and fresh inputs. The surest way I […]

From Nowhere To Everywhere In The Span Of A Decade

USA Today looks at the growing proliferation of, and resistance to, electronic mail. Today about 150 engineers at chipmaker Intel will kick off “Zero E-mail Fridays.” E-mail-free Fridays already are the norm at cell carrier U.S. Cellular and at order-processing company PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services in Alpharetta, Ga. Prominent techies are tackling the problem individually […]

Buckmaster Bewilders Some, Inspires Others

Lucy Kellaway is Financial Times’ management columnist. For the last ten years her weekly column has “poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.” So it was fun to see how she did with Jim Buckmaster, the CEO of Craiglist. Ahead of our meeting I gave myself […]

Managing Chaos (Sounds Like An Oxymoron)

Husband and wife team, Jack and Suzy Welch, writing in BusinessWeek suggest that creatives must be respected but controlled, if they’re going to add to the firm’s bottom line. Leading people who often don’t think of themselves as employees of anyone or anything, let alone followers embedded in an organization consisting of levels, layers, and […]

Iterate Your Way To Online Perfection

Author and consultant Annette Moser-Wellman recently had the chance to sit across from LinkedIn founder and VP of Product Strategy Allen Blue. What turned her on is Blue’s take on improvisation. “We make it up as we go along. If you ask consumers about your ideas, they will say, ‘I have no idea what you […]