In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything

Maintaining work-life balance is a frequent theme in the modern world that is a direct result of incredible advances in personal technology and mass adoption of those tools. High availability to corporate networks break down the formal walls that once separated work from home. However, as Paul Pluschkell writes at Wired, employees are spending plenty … Continue reading In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything

Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

I'm spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it "Rock and Roll Sushi" because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You'd think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down … Continue reading Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself

How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Writing at Harvard Business Review, Google's SVP of People Operations discusses how Google is hacking the serious issue of work-life balance. Google has always been known to rely heavily on analysis for making decisions (sometimes to a fault). The reason that Google offers the amazing perks to employees—from amazing free food to free onsite physicians, … Continue reading How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity

Quality means caring enough to do it right

Seth Godin is one of those people that anyone involved in business should be aware of. He has written more great books on the topics of marketing and customer engagement worth reading than just about anyone else I can think of. Recently, Godin wrote about, of all things, playing the clarinet. He describes having taken … Continue reading Quality means caring enough to do it right

Consistently working longer hours is a recipe for disaster, not a sensible business plan for a startup

Nathan Pensky wrote an excellent piece for PandoDaily examining the fallacy that long hours are a requirement for success in the tech startup world mythology. As he illustrates, most tech workers wear the lifestyle of "[l]ong hours, bad food, poor job security" like a badge of honor. The truth is that startup culture is really … Continue reading Consistently working longer hours is a recipe for disaster, not a sensible business plan for a startup