Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Today was ICE Challenge Day in my class, one of my favorite days of the year. The sponsor of the Challenge is Villanova's own ICE Institute, where ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Here is a brief description of the Challenge: The ICE Challenge is an annual requirement for all students entering the Villanova … Continue reading If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?

The following message popped up on my Nextdoor feed a couple of days ago (name, location, age changed): Looking for new friends. Hello! My name is George and I just moved into a house off  Drury Ln. I live alone no friends nobody just me, I am in process for a position with one of … Continue reading Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?

If Only It Were That Easy

I've written before about my somewhat obsessive behavior of checking my WordPress stats way too frequently. A few people have been kind enough to offer some suggestions as to how to break the habit, but I think I may have found a possible solution. Every time I check my stats I will go to the … Continue reading If Only It Were That Easy

Want to Get the Ultimate Handwritten Set of Thank You Notes?

Then you've come to the right place. I first wrote about the wonderful non-profit organization, DonorsChoose, over five years ago. In fact, it is one of the posts that were part of my initial foray into blogging through a 30-day challenge. Here is a bit of an excerpt from that post: Imagine making a donation … Continue reading Want to Get the Ultimate Handwritten Set of Thank You Notes?

Music Monday: Walk Off the Earth Goes A Capella

I think this is the most current one of my Music Mondays has been. Usually, I am writing about music or events that happened a couple of years ago, or a few decades ago. Last week, I got a notice that Walk Off the Earth (WOTE) had just posted an a capella version of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Walk Off the Earth Goes A Capella

Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

The Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher

Not sure who Herb Kelleher is? Kelleher (March 12, 1931 – January 3, 2019) was an American billionaire airline businessman and lawyer. He was the co-founder, later CEO, and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines until his death in 2019. If you have ever flown Southwest or seen its ads, you know it is a different kind of airline. … Continue reading The Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher

Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

In today's class, I showed the wonderful Dan Pink TED talk on motivation (yes, the same Dan Pink who many of you pointed out the other day needs to work on his hand washing). In part of the video, Dan introduces the candle problem, which is shown in the image above. The problem was developed by … Continue reading Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

Was This a Sign That I Should Retire?

It was my first class of the day; 8:00 am. I was ready. It was a topic I had taught dozens of times: Management and Leadership. I had prepped for the class a few days prior, updating my material to make it as current as possible. One of the things I like to do in … Continue reading Was This a Sign That I Should Retire?