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Election Day Proves You Can Teach an Old Dog at Least One New Trick

Confession time. Wheel in the single light bulb recreating a scene from “Deutschland 83.” Let’s add an interrogator to left of the bulb who is gifted in non-verbal communications. OK, I’m ready. I had never voted in a public election — casting my ballot to get Stanley Telson elected as our fifth grade homeroom rep …more

A Few Words on Me, the Agency and Motorbike Taxis in Jakarta

OK, it’s more than a few. This question came my way last week: Here goes. I moved to Silicon Valley in 1981 two years out of college. You’ve heard the saying, “It’s better to be lucky than good?” I was lucky in the sense that I moved to Silicon Valley because of the vibrant culture, …more

One Year Later, Reflections on the Reflection

  It has been one year and six days since our 30-year anniversary party. Thinking about the cliché that goes something along the lines, “It’s all about the people.” It is all about the people. Reconnecting with employees from the early days. Reconnecting with clients going back to 1987. And reconnecting with others who have …more

These Golden Rules for Business Success and Happiness Resonate with Me

Our daily online feeds deliver tips on everything from losing weight to creating a koi pond in your bathtub. Like most, I tend to tune these out. But a Bloomberg story on Richard Jenrette, an investment banker who passed away in April and his beliefs on how to succeed in business and live a happy …more

I Told My Mom, “Now I’m the One Asking the Questions.”

This wacky business of PR isn’t easy to understand if you’re standing on the outside. I was curious about how much my mom had absorbed on the PR profession through sheer osmosis and interviewed her a few years back on the topic. Armed with an iPhone and my trusty videographer — that would be my …more

A Librarian’s Sensibilities on Evaluating Online Content

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how even smart people often fail at discerning poor quality information from the good stuff. It turns out that my cousin, Todd Quinn, a business and economics librarian at the University of New Mexico, deals with this issue every day and even teaches classes to help …more

Granddaughter Has a Way with Words

It’s that time of year, prompting me to dust off my favorite birthday card from my granddaughter, Addy. In the spirit of full disclosure, she crafted this card some time ago, and I have posted about it before. Still, if TBS can show “It’s A Wonderful Life” every year on Christmas Day, I figure I …more

A Lesson from The Grandma

I recognize that I live in this bubble called Silicon Valley where the promise of a better juicer can attract $120 million in venture capital, fail and everyone thinks this is normal. $120,000,000. Is it just me or does that seem like a lot of money down the drain? Of course, there are many Silicon …more

Smart People Fail at Evaluating Online Sources

Nieman Lab published an article last week, “Even Smart People Are Shockingly Bad at Analyzing Sources Online,” that lives up to the headline. In one exercise, those in the study — a mix of fact checkers, historians and students — were asked to compare two websites and make a judgment call on the one they …more