Little kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on laughing

In this week’s Pinkcast, Dan looks at the lack of humor in our life as we get older. Research has shown that there are many benefits to humor and laughter but the problem is there’s not much laughter in the world of business. The chart above shows laughter dropping off just about the time we … Continue reading Little kids shouldn’t have a monopoly on laughing

Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for

Every Friday, venture capitalist Fred Wilson features a recent Kickstarter project that he just contributed towards. Today’s featured project was Remotely, remote meeting cards that provide meeting goers and leaders with the tools to communicate effectively, connect with others, and have fun. Here’s the video showing Remotely in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZIqpymoJZ0 Here’s the story behind Remotely, … Continue reading Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for

Is your day sprinkled with time confetti?

Most people think of confetti as associated with some sort of celebration like a parade or wedding. That is not the case with time confetti, a coin termed by Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, to describe all the small scraps of free time she experienced in a … Continue reading Is your day sprinkled with time confetti?

Using Sports Movies to Teach Management Concepts

The almost perfectly rhymed phrase above refers to a model of the dynamics of group formation, proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965. I heard about it today in a presentation by one of our management faculty at a seminar targeted to freshmen business students in the honors program. The program offers students the opportunity to … Continue reading Using Sports Movies to Teach Management Concepts

Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

Some readers of my blog may recall that for my birthday this year I asked my wife and sons to each gift me a book that they really liked. The first book I randomly chose to read was Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory … Continue reading Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

What Is Your Opposite Job?

The New York Times created an online app that uses data from the Labor Department to determine what the polar opposite of a given job is. For example, here are some polar opposites: kindergarten teacher and physicist news editor and model chief executive and agricultural grader writer/author and mobile home installer The Labor Department keeps … Continue reading What Is Your Opposite Job?

A Different Kind of Leader

Last month I wrote about the "Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher", the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and I thought it would be hard to find another CEO who is not your typical chief executive. Well, today's Wall Street Journal had a profile of an individual who just might fit the bill. Jack … Continue reading A Different Kind of Leader

Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

A Winning Combination: Community College + Apprenticeship

I have written multiple posts about community colleges, which I consider a hidden gem within our educational system. Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In 2019 I also wrote about an alternative form of post-secondary education, the trade school, and focused on one particular trade school … Continue reading A Winning Combination: Community College + Apprenticeship

Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

A few years ago, serendipity led to having a former student, Chase, visit my classroom to give a talk and a demo on meditation. You can read about that wonderful visit, including unfiltered student feedback, by clicking here. Ever since then, I've wanted to get in the habit of meditating, but it never seemed to … Continue reading Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating