A bit less power to the people

“Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People” by Noam Cohen (New York Times, 24 August 2009). A subtle but noteworthy tweak in approach. It’s as if to say the people are always right except when they’re not. Interesting, eh? What do you think?

Moving the moutain

“NPR Moves to Rewire Its Approach to the Web” by Elizabeth Jensen (New York Times, 26 July 2009). As one of the few true news outlets left, NPR’s decision to revamp has the potential to be significant in terms of widening their reach. As Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president and chief executive, notes: We are a […]

Still looking for a good summer read?

“What You Pay For (a review of Wired’s Chris Anderson’s new book ‘Free’)” by Virginia Postrel (New York Times, 10 July 2009). Mr. Anderson is often a voice worth listening to and thus his latest book is worth investigating. The question seems to be, is the biz model he champions where things are or where […]

Big Brother is Googling

Google watch: “Google Plans a PC Operating System” By Miguel Helft and Ashlee Vance (New York Times, 8 July 2009). What so many have been saying for so long. Time will tell if this will be good news for the rest of us. “Great Wall of Facebook: The Social Network’s Plan to Dominate the Internet […]

Two glues are better than none

“Corner Office: On Will Wright’s Team, Would You Be a Solvent, or the Glue?” Video game designer Will Wright is interviewed by Adam Bryant (New York Times, Sunday 14 June 2009). Quite a few nice pearls in this exchange. Here are two that should get you to want to inhale the rest of the article […]

Googlezilla verses the Twitter Monster

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon so let’s just keep it simple. “The Tweet Smell of Success” by Noam Cohen and Brian Stelter (New York Times, Sunday 14 June 2009) One has to assume that Twitter is looking not just at followers but also the followers of the followers, as well as the click rate of […]

Google says, “Surf’s up”

“Google Showcases New Communication and Collaboration Tool” by By Miguel Helft (New York Times, 28 May 2009). Yes, let’s all pray that this – and the other similar apps that are sure to follow – puts an end to email as a collaboration tool. Nine times out of ten even a wiki is a more […]

Lipstick isn’t enough

“Put Ad on Web. Count Clicks. Revise.” By Stephanie Cliford (New York Times, Sunday 31 May 2009). Let’s jump right to the AU caveats: Yes, this approach is helpful but what the quants and the bean counters are not considering is that the ad with the most clicks does not necessarily make it the most […]

The never ending story of the new evil empire

“Companies Object to Google Policy on Trademarks” By Miguel Helft (New York Times, 15 May 2009) Simply put, all hype and blind envy aside, Google is a publicly traded company and is oblicated to act in the best interest of ther shareholders. If Google can make a profit on a service in spite of a […]

Three up is just a penny a pop

“New Inks Cut Costs of Office Color Printing” By Ashlee Vance (New York Times, 6 May 2009). Color at three cents a page could be a bigger game changer than music at 99 cents a song. That said, inexpensive output can’t make up for poor design and lack of a proper marketing message. It’s always […]

Why a bigger we matters

“Think ‘We’ for Best Results” by Adam Bryant (New York Times, 18 April 2009) is an interview with Ms. Nell Minow. The topic is management and here are some of the highlights: “…if you can get everyone to agree what the goal is, and to identify themselves with the successful achievement of that goal, then […]

Time for a tune-up

“New Leader Overhauls Ford Foundation” by Stephanie Strom (New York Times, 13 April 2009).  The Ford Foundation is $11 billion strong and actually the second-largest foundation in the country after the Gates Foundation. On one hand this is pseudo feel-good story. On the other it’s another lesson in the need for ongoing analysis, evolution, and […]

Print it and they will still come

“Do-It-Yourself Magazines, Cheaply Slick” by Ashlee Vance (New York Times, Monday 30 March 2009). If you’re still doing print, or have aspiration to start your own “magazine”, then HP has a new service for you: MagCloud (www.MagCLoud.com). Certainly there are other similar offerings but knowing that master of printing over at Hewlett-Packard (www.HP.com) are behind […]

Nice guys finish last. Smart guys never finish.

“Curious at Amazon, but Not Idle” by Saul Hansell (New York Times, 27 March 2009). This will get you thinking a little bit. What’s odd is that the article overlooks the real benefit – at least in this case – of Mr Bezos’ curiosity. It puts him closer to his guests, both internal (aka employees) […]

Lead how you would want to led

“How to Lead in Tough Times” By Paul B. Brown (New York Times, 17 March 17, 2009). It’s hard to lead even in the best of times. These days? Some might say it’s damn near impossible. This quick read probably isn’t going to save your world from worry but a little pick me up never […]

Once is enough?

Study Shows First-Time Online Donors Often Do Not Return By Stephanie Storm (New York Times, Wed 18 March 2009) Whether you’re an NPO or not this is must-read. The article is just a few paragraphs but if you’re extremely pressed for time the best insights come closer to the end: “Direct mail may not be […]

You don’t need to be a CEO to act like a CEO

At the risk of overdoing it with NY Times posts today. If this debut is any indication, they’ve started what looks to be a must-read section: “Corner Office, a new Sunday Business feature, offers highlights from conversations about leadership and management. This interview with Greg Brenneman, chairman of CCMP Capital, was conducted, condensed and edited […]

Passion trumps experience 9 out of 10 times

“The Secrets of the Talent Scouts” by George Anders (New York Times, 14 March 2009) We said it before and we’ll probably end up saying it again… The economy might be slowing down but it’s certainly not coming to a complete halt. The smart money is pressing forward and looking for opportunities. The real danger […]

It’s easy to be evil

Verizon Customers – Just Say No! by Lidija Davis (New York Times) One would like to think that this is shocking but sadly it has gotten to be the status quo. It’s outrageous what some companies will do to their guests that they wouldn’t want done to themselves. When it comes to making the wrong […]

Trading your privacy for Google freebies

Goggle this… Goggle that… Google. Google. Google. There is no doubt the new evil empire has a lot to offer. Here are two thorough articles to help you slash your way through the Goggle jungle. But be warned, you could end up traversing down a link to link to link blackhole. “Learning about Google via […]