How many “best friends” do you have? Social scientists say most people count just four friends with whom they can discuss very important matters, but the maximum possible number of such friends is around six. With rare exceptions, it’s just not practical for anyone to maintain close, truly meaningful relationships with more than six people. (more…)
Everybody loves a win-win answer to a problem. It’s great when a potentially-contentious situation ends up with everybody coming out ahead. And isn’t that the way most business deals should go, too? Let’s all sit down and find a way for everyone to win. What could be better? (more…)
I’ve had the chance to sit down recently for some intensive mentoring sessions recently with seasoned entrepreneur Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and his close business collaborator and co-founder of their corporate consulting firm, Delivering Happiness, Jenn Lim. They shared with me ten vital, hard-won lessons that they’ve learned while helping dozens of other businesses, from Facebook to Audi adopt the methods that helped turn Zappos into a multi-billion dollar company. I wrote about the last one here. This week, I share a new one. (more…)
“Ingrid Goes West” (2017). Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnusson, Pom Klementieff, Meredith Hagner. Director: Matt Spicer. Screenplay: David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer. Web site. Trailer.
We all want to be liked. But how far are we willing to go to achieve that outcome? And what if it gets the better of us, becoming an unhealthy obsession? That’s the stuff of which the incisive new comedy-drama “Ingrid Goes West” is made of. (more…)
Mad Men’s Don Draper would hardly recognize the advertising landscape today. The print and television campaigns he specialized in are quickly losing prominence thanks to the growth of digital marketing and social media. It’s probably for the best that Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Price aren’t a real agency; their name is a bit too unwieldy to fit in a hashtag. Advertising outfits these days need to be adept crafting their message for a digital market. (more…)
Your website is your permanent home on the internet. As wonderful as it is to have a strong presence on social media sites and as gratifying as it might be to have thousands of friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, your website is your homestead on the electronic frontier. (more…)