Well, this article about the market frightens me →
If you're under 30 and contributing to a 401(k),...
BRYCE DOT VC: The Best Way to Compete is Not to... →
brycedotvc: The rise of the iPad became that much more interesting this week as sales numbers from Apple’s quarterly earnings poured in.There’s been plenty of clear and concise analysis done over the last few days, so I will stay way from that. But, I do want to highlight one theme we’ve touched on here…
The Borders Story →
This fits so well into Gap International’s reality-possibility matrix. They were high in reality, and as their reality shrunk and newer forms of media competed with them in their market, they tried and tried to get back to high reality. However, they stuck to the same models; they stuck to what they knew. They never thought outside of their automatic principles and strategies. Thinking...
Someone on Friday asked how I could get so excited about ideas all the time. I responded (in front of about 50 people at a company I have only been at for a month) that “caffeine helps”. Guess there is some logic behind that thinking!
What are you playing for? →
This is a great question posed by Andy Hooper at Gap International. Really, it doesn’t matter what you’re playing, with whom you’re playing, or even how you’re playing, until you establish what it is you want. What is that yearning you’ve always had? What’s that dream that you never thought you could accomplish? Why are you playing this game? Once you...
Innovation at the start - Google's science... →
This NYTimes science write-up of Google’s first adolescent science competition was so compelling. One, because I myself was a teenage scientist, doing lab work at Columbia University during high school, and two, because well, science is cool. Science is so cool that kids should like it and realize it’s not just breast cancer research and cells, but it’s also creating new products...
I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well...– Donald Trump
The Unselfish Gene →
My primate behavior professor, Dr. Dario Maestripieri, agrees that there is no such thing as true altruism. If you want more info, read his book, Macachiavellian Intelligence. Thoughts? Is it possible to teach the genius of being a selfless person? In 1976, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote in The Selfish Gene, “If you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate...
Caricatures as a pathway to studying how humans... →
As we go through our daily lives and witness events, there’s what exactly happened and then there’s how we interpret it. While what happened it unquestionable, there are - I dare say it - infinite ways to talk about what happened and explain it yourself and to others. And that’s because it goes through our brain, and we categorize the experience, analyze it, and add our own...
Big *social media* brother? →
Well, not exactly. This new program SMISC will be designed to help the government use social media to track what’s going on in places the U.S. troops are deployed and is an innovative way to use the pervasive, yet elusive, marketing tool. One thing I was amazed about was the fact that NATO has already been paying keen attention to Twitter, using data from the micro-blogging service as an...
I'm not sure how I feel about 6 categories of... →
Today I was thinking about a consulting job one of my friends from college has. The idea is based on Taibi Kahler’s 6 types of people. Thinkers, feelers, doers, funsters, believers, and dreamers. Essentially you can make a great first impression on someone (and deal with them well on help lines and hotline calls - what my friend’s company does) by categorizing the person you are...
OPEN Forum: Would You Pass The Marshmallow Test? →
amexopenforum: In 1972, psychologist Walter Mischel of Stanford University conducted a novel experiment. Researchers led children aged between four and six years into a room consisting of only a table and a chair. The researcher would place a marshmallow on the table in full view of the child, and as his…
reblog:: Daily Patricia: Go Facebook Go →
This is not what I had predicted; I thought it would be more of a music sharing and buying program, but I think this makes a lot more sense and is definitely more of a breakthrough. Now, if only Facebook chat didn’t stall out every few minutes… patriciahandschiegel: Facebook announced its expanding its unofficial role as a new, internet-based communications service provider with a...
Giving It All →
The crucial thing about this post by Andy Hooper at Gap International is that it is relatable. When I did crew in high school, I always felt like I had to save something up for later so that I wouldn’t die by the end of the 6K. Same as starting Q3 this week; why hold back now when you can be continuing to give it your all and building the foundation for the rest of the quarter, Q4, and 2012?...
How to Get Hired →
I completely agree with this article. Within ten minutes, a company or person totally knows if they’re going to hire you. I actually hate to say it - but it may be more like 3 minutes. I’ve been on both sides of the process and as a hirer, I’ve already read your resume by that point and it’s all about the fit. Look good, be polite but interesting, and please don’t...
In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the...– Warren Buffet
Accountability in the Medical Field →
I really like the idea of managing high-risk patients and skilled case manager nurses. It also makes a ton of sense to reduce the time patients spend in hospitals because they’re right: it’s incredibly expensive. Holding both doctors and hospitals accountable is crucial to great performance so I don’t really understand why no one thought of this before.
Being One with the Customer →
Another awesome post by Jen Rothman of Gap International. Thoughts?
I Love Resumes →
I love editing and reading people’s resumes. It gives me some kind of joy to see how people squeeze themself on to one single side of one single piece of paper. But, many people make mistakes in their resume. This link shows all the big no-no’s when building one’s resume, but it doesn’t highlight the smalls things that can ruin a resume. Beyond the content, there’s...
Get More Out of LinkedIn →
I recently updated my LinkedIn account and tried to get more connections, so I really liked these suggestions. See what you think.
Failing Doesn't Make You a Failure →
A posting on Gap International’s ThinkGrowth blog - by consultant Jen Rothman
Want $1 Billion Dollars? →
Well, while I wish it were that simple, we can’t simply take the $1 coins from the Federal Reserve Bank. However, we could look into why these coins just aren’t taking off. I keep thinking back to the Euro coins and how much I liked them, but then I remember that there was no bill for 1 or 2 Euros. That made it much more easy to like the coins; I simply had to.
Consumers Are Changing Behaviors; Cable TV Adapts →
Here is an article about the struggle of cable networks to appeal to the new consumer. The consumer wants TV everywhere from their phone to their tablet, to the TV in front of their bed. However, the compromise between comfort for the consumer and price the consumer would have to pay is difficult to find a compromise between. Also I can’t wait to see where the combination Facebook-like TV...
Start Some Good: The Blog: Book Review: The Future... →
startsomegood: By Michael Beckett; Edited by Lauren Marra Editor’s note: Earlier this month, StartSomeGood launched the Social Entrepreneurship Book Club with the hope of generating increasing interest and collaboration among members of the social enterprise community. As part of this effort,…
UChicago on a Hiring Spree →
My alma mater recently hired former Chicago mayor Richard Daley for an appointment at the Harris School of Public Policy. Starting on the same same in the same appointment will now be former Goldman Sachs chief and U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson. They hope to create a Paulson Center that concentrate on the U.S.’s relationship to China. Pretty cool; the University is definitely taking...
I am effervescent, yet solid and undefinable– my stand for the upcoming week
Philadelphia English →
I just moved to Philadelphia and as a linguist, I thought this article on Philadelphia English was pretty cool and even uses linguistic terms like glottal stop and voiceless. I hadn’t really realized how people spoke around here until I read this article.
Women's Health and Wellness Website →
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