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Anita Sharpe

Anita Sharpe is co-founder of Worthwhile Magazine, a new national publication focused on passionate, purposeful, meaningful work (think Fortune meets Oprah with a dash of Vanity Fair). She previously was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The Wall Street Journal, where her coverage spanned the media and entertainment industries to health care. Before that, as editor-in-chief of Atlanta Business Chronicle, she helped increase that publication's circulation nearly ten-fold and helped build it into one of the largest circulated, most respected and most profitable business journals in America. Under her direction, the publication twice won the national Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in financial journalism, and was a finalist for that award on three other occasions.

Sharpe is a former winner of the ACE Award for Communications Excellence and a past president of the Atlanta Press Club. As a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, she studied at the London School of Economics. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University.


The Secret to Success: Work Less - 8/28/2006 9:00:00 PM
It's true. If you need statistics and proof, check out this piece by Margaret Heffernan in a past print edition of Worthwhile. But I think w...
The Web's Other Untold Story - 8/28/2006 10:50:00 AM
How many unique visitors does forbes.com have -- is it the 15 million per month the company has been claiming or less than half that, as com...
The Greatest Weapon and Defense: Imagination - 8/10/2006 8:05:00 PM
If they haven't already, Homeland Security, the CIA, the FBI and every agency involved with foiling terrorists should employ a bunch of scie...
Junior Investors - 8/2/2006 11:58:00 AM
As a child, my older brother was a born investor. He had an impressive coin collection and an even cooler baseball card stash. He was somewh...
What Does This 25-Year-Old Know That Others Don't? - 7/31/2006 12:01:00 PM
What is the oddest part about the following sentence in today's New York Times: "Jared Kushner, the 25-year-old son of a wealthy New Jersey ...
Fire Me (Up) - 7/20/2006 4:04:00 PM
Among the more talked about pieces featured in the previous six issues of Worthwhile magazine was a listing of the Top 50 (songs) to Fire Yo...
Do the Opposite of What Everyone Expects - 7/5/2006 11:56:00 PM
That was a piece of advice I received several years ago from a Coca-Cola executive (who has since moved on.) Now there is a best-selling boo...
The Devil Wears Prada - 7/4/2006 12:45:00 PM
I saw it last night, and while I can report that shoes and shopping are not my prefered cinematic porn, I have found myself reflecting on th...
For $30 Billion, You Could Probably Get Your Name on Harvard - 6/26/2006 5:05:00 PM
If you had $30 billion to give away, wouldn't it be kind of cool to get a few roads and schools named after you? Or, like Warren Buffett, wo...
How Harvard MBAs Define Success - 6/15/2006 6:00:00 PM
What are the top job priorites of MBAs today and how has that changed over the last decade? A Harvard Business School professor and a 1996 g...
Could You Use Some More Abundance in Your Life? - 6/13/2006 4:05:00 PM
Coach, speaker and writer Kim George has lined up four great thinkers to talk about this on a tele-summit -- Abundance: The New Manifesto fo...
When Your Bliss Meets the Abyss - 6/8/2006 10:38:00 AM
Wise people will tell you that when you find your right path, your calling, your “bliss,” that things start falling into place. Synchronicit...
Routines: Are You a Morning or Night Person? - 6/3/2006 12:00:00 AM
"Paradise to me is getting up at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning. The house is absolutely quiet, and I'll have a big roaring fire, and I'll just...
Your Habits, Your Life - 5/30/2006 5:52:00 PM
"It is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time." --   Albert Einstein, talking about compound interestIt's also a good way to l...
In Praise of Slow Growth - 5/23/2006 11:22:00 AM
If I think about those things I truly love -- whether it be certain people, certain wines, the Beatles -- virtually everything on the list w...
California Dreamin' - 5/19/2006 1:17:31 PM
I recently returned from San Francisco. Each time I visit -- and I seem to go out there on business a lot these days -- I fall a little deep...
How Many Business Execs Fit in a Boeing-767 Bathroom? - 5/15/2006 9:27:16 AM
And a few related questions: Which major U.S. airline has the lowest costs? Which major U.S. airline pays its pilots the biggest salaries? W...
Better to Eat Too Much or Drink Too Much? - 5/3/2006 9:04:37 AM
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores two things many of us know: 1.) Americans, on average, ...
Will the $200,000 Cruise Sink Lay? - 5/2/2006 9:38:57 AM
I couldn't help but wince this morning as I read the New York Times account of Kenneth Lay's testimony yesterday in the Enron trial. Lay app...
Thoughts from Some Great Thinkers - 5/2/2006 8:24:23 AM
Worthwhile friend and supporter Lee Wilder has just returned from the North Carolina Festival of the Book with a notebook full of insights a...
Brewing up a Bestseller - 5/1/2006 9:02:34 AM
Starbucks has hired a talent agency to help it find movie and book projects to distribute through its more than 7,000 stores. If its success...
Why Start a Magazine? - 4/27/2006 6:59:57 PM
From time to time, people ask us why we launched Worthwhile as both a print magazine and online. "Isn't print media obsolete?"   Well,...
What's Better: Time Management or Energy Management? - 4/25/2006 9:31:56 PM
One of the best parts about co-founding Worthwhile magazine has been meeting inspiring people virtually every day. Today's inspiration was J...
Hey, Old Media -- Jump Back in that Casket! - 4/11/2006 9:46:44 AM
As I read the story about Disney offering some of its top TV shows on the Internet -- and even on cell phones, by gosh! -- I couldn't help b...
Today's Quote: Tuesday - 4/11/2006 5:53:58 AM
"I feel the same way about managing that I do about investing: It's just not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary resul...
The Case for Purpose - 4/10/2006 2:18:18 PM
I just returned from what turned out to be one of my longest -- and one of my best -- vacations in seven years. It was a relatively quick tr...
Thought for the Day: Saturday - 4/1/2006 11:48:36 AM
"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish." -- Ovid
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 3/30/2006 1:45:11 PM
'A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.' -- British director Michael Winner
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 3/29/2006 8:26:45 PM
'Making profits is not incompatible with making a real difference in our society.' -- Paul McCartney
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and. . . - 3/29/2006 5:48:21 PM
I just saw an Atlanta city bus fully-wrapped in an ad for a real-estate investment company with the slogan: 'Stop working for a living and i...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 3/28/2006 7:14:06 AM
'The lack of money is the root of all evil.' -- George Bernard Shaw
Thought for the Day: Monday - 3/27/2006 11:36:41 AM
'There are very few people who don't become more interesting when they stop talking.' -- Mary Lowry
Thought for the Day: Sunday - 3/26/2006 4:24:04 PM
'It's a beautiful day, I'm around beautiful people, I love what I do and this is a great place to work. It doesn't get much better than this...
Thought for the Day: Saturday - 3/25/2006 9:00:26 AM
'It has always been my contention that an individual who can be relied upon to be himself and to honest unto himself can be relied on in eve...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 3/24/2006 11:47:18 AM
'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.' -- Mark Twain
Eat Your Broccoli and Go to the Beach - 3/22/2006 10:01:01 AM
For most of my career, I have taken very few vacations. If I ever took a two-week, back-to-back break, I don't recall it. And like many peop...
Time to Re-think Those Meetings? - 3/22/2006 9:27:41 AM
The current issue of Fortune magazine takes an hour-by-hour look at three top executives who spend anywhere from eight hours to 19 hours at ...
Raining Dollars - 3/20/2006 12:54:04 PM
It seems there is so much investment money looking for a good home that some venture capitalists are cold-calling start-up companies to offe...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 3/20/2006 8:50:18 AM
'The ordinary man is involved in action. The hero acts.' -- Henry Miller
Thought for the Day: Weekend - 3/18/2006 10:46:30 PM
'If I wake up three mornings thinking about you and I'm not having sex with you, you've got to go. Most people tolerate others causing them ...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 3/17/2006 5:34:07 PM
'For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.' -- Emerson
God on the Job - 3/17/2006 7:37:50 AM
Even as congregations shrink at traditional Protestant churches, enrollment in Protestant seminiaries jumped 20% between 1990 and 2004, acco...
Power and Love - 3/16/2006 6:42:16 PM
Our latest issue, which hits the newsstands on April 4, features a package on what power means today. Lots of great thinkers provocatively w...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 3/16/2006 2:50:57 PM
'He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways.' -- Seneca
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 3/15/2006 4:00:37 PM
'It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.' -- G.K. Chesterton
Gearing Up - 3/14/2006 3:41:37 PM
Bring up the subject of terrible places to work and a friend of mine tells the story about his first job at a trade-magazine publisher. The ...
Hang Up and Drive - 3/14/2006 3:31:04 PM
It's a great bumper sticker and an even better law. Does anyone doubt that driving 70 miles an hour with one hand on the wheel and the other...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 3/14/2006 11:35:32 AM
'The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.' -- Nelson Henderson
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 3/8/2006 2:24:00 PM
'What is freedom? It means not being slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance.' -- Seneca
Small (but Important) Differentiators - 3/6/2006 8:19:25 AM
I do some work out of a coffee shop (meetings, editing, etc.) virtually every day. Lately, I've become a big Caribou fan, largely for two re...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 3/6/2006 7:22:55 AM
'Sensible people get paid for playing -- that is the art of life.' -- Alan Watts
Thought for the day: Friday - 3/3/2006 9:55:22 AM
There are four keys to help you create your individual style for living:1. Choose happiness in your lifestyle2. Live authentically3. Live by...
What Defines an Icky Person? - 3/2/2006 8:48:59 PM
The names on my own 'icky' list are those who treat badly, or with less respect, people whom they deem less important than they are (i.e., r...
A Personal Work Manifesto - 3/2/2006 8:51:52 AM
A great story in Vanity Fair magazine this month about a talented screenwriter named Zach Helms who kept getting his scripts optioned by Hol...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 3/2/2006 6:37:49 AM
'All things are possible until they are proved impossible -- and even the impossible may be only so as of now.' -- Pearl S. Buck
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 2/28/2006 4:36:55 PM
'Each time I fell into despair and wanted to give up, and it happened often, something softly whispered, 'Not now. Not while you still belie...
Thought for the day: Monday - 2/27/2006 3:18:38 PM
'You must lose a fly to catch a trout.' -- George Herbert
Shooting for a Goal? Keep it Simple - 2/25/2006 10:33:29 PM
How often do we over-think and over-complicate things? For many of us, it's most of the time.So how did the unheralded Julia Mancuso beat th...
The Best Movie of 2005 - 2/18/2006 9:18:51 PM
By far, in my opinion, is Match Point. I saw it tonight and it's the first movie I have been to in more than a year where most of the audien...
Another One Bites the Dust - 2/16/2006 10:20:58 AM
A week after a massive study showed that low-fat diets don't make people thin and a couple of years after an equally large study showed that...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 2/16/2006 10:08:56 AM
'Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.' -- Albert Einstein
Thought for the day: Monday - 2/12/2006 11:06:30 PM
'Zigging when other people zag is the price of entry for being important in anything.' --Donny Deutsch
Putting Fake Stuff in Our Bodies - 2/12/2006 11:03:33 PM
A new study shows a strong link between aspartame (the sweetener in diet soda) and cancer. Of course, plenty of people dispute the findings....
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 2/8/2006 11:55:24 AM
'Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy or growth.' -- John F. Kennedy
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 2/7/2006 4:55:21 PM
'Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.' -- Aristotle
Money: Good, Bad, Neither? - 2/6/2006 10:51:50 PM
The common adage is: 'Money is the root of all evil.' Social commentator George Bernard Shaw countered that: 'The lack of money is the root ...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 2/6/2006 4:12:31 PM
'Strength doesn't come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.' -- Mahatma Gandhi
What Former GM exec said this? - 1/27/2006 3:33:26 PM
'We don't make cars, we make money.' It was in the 1970s, while GM and the other U.S. car makers were still cranking out giant sedans (the '...
Baby, Baby, Where Did Our Love Go? - 1/26/2006 9:38:21 PM
Lost that lovin' feeling? A possible explanation lies in a story in the current issue of National Geographic.'There is hope for those caught...
Old Media is Dead; Long Live Old Media - 1/23/2006 10:38:13 AM
What would you rather spend two hours watching -- a Hollywood movie like Walk the Line or an Internet video of an elementary-school orchest...
Does Peace Sell Product? - 1/11/2006 9:08:05 PM
All things being equal -- or maybe not -- will you buy something because the company behind it pledges a percentage to peace, the environmen...
Right on, Tom! - 1/6/2006 10:38:26 AM
If you're a Thomas Friedman fan, today's column is a classic. (I believe you still have to pay for online access, but it's worth dropping a ...
Coffee: Pro or Con? - 1/4/2006 11:01:06 AM
It wasn't very long ago that women with lumpy breasts were told to avoid caffeinated coffee. Now, a new study out of the University of Toron...
More Power to You - 12/20/2005 3:17:13 PM
We've been taking a close look at power and how it's changing, as I mentioned in another recent post. Obviously, someone like Oprah changes ...
Do You Want to be a Screenwriter? - 12/20/2005 2:58:20 PM
That must be a top career fantasy. Have you noticed that during and just after the winter holidays, lots of books about how to write a scree...
Warm Holiday Wishes From. . . Who is That, Again? - 12/20/2005 2:41:29 PM
How many holiday cards to you get from vendors or other companies with their business name stamped on the inside and no personal message? Do...
Power Points - 12/12/2005 1:02:11 PM
We've been thinking a lot over the past several months here at Worthwhile about power as it pertains to our work lives. Traditionally, powe...
Animal House - 12/12/2005 11:34:31 AM
Thanks to reader Lee Wilder for forwarding this:NAIROBI (AFP) - A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has ...
Talkin' 'Bout a New Generation - 12/9/2005 10:25:00 AM
Between the Iraq war and the environment, a social shift that looks a lot like the 1960s' youth movement seems to be gaining a lot of moment...
What Was She Thinking? - 12/6/2005 3:41:20 PM
We all know what would happen if we walked into a crowded restaurant (or any restaurant), sat at a big table (or any table) and proceeded to...
The New Golf - 12/5/2005 4:22:08 PM
One of the best decisions I made in the past two months -- personally and professionally -- was to take up biking. On the days I ride, I get...
Millions and Misery - 12/5/2005 4:06:54 PM
Here's a thought worth pondering: if you are unhappy, getting a pile of money will only worsen your misery. That's the theme of a story in t...
How to Be Creative - 12/3/2005 10:30:50 AM
There is a great piece on the Omidyar Network on creativity, written by Hugh McCloud. (Thanks to Cynthia Gentry for the alert.)1. Ignore eve...
Stop B&#*@ing and Eat! - 12/1/2005 8:20:07 AM
Perhaps it's a coincidence, but the crabbiest people I know are those who skip breakfast or the equivalent (they grab a diet soda.) I've not...
$100,000 for Making a Difference - 11/30/2005 10:08:31 AM
What a cool idea! A San Francisco non-profit called Civic Ventures is looking for people 60 and older who are making a difference in their c...
How to Love Your Work: A Simple Secret - 11/30/2005 8:10:30 AM
For the past two days I have been working on things I generally hate -- detailed paper work connected with Worthwhile's current funding rou...
Instant Karma - 11/22/2005 10:40:17 PM
The first thing I saw when I spotted my car in the parking garage tonight was my crushed bumper. Then I saw the note on my windshield from t...
Gold Goes Green - 11/22/2005 11:49:21 AM
Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs says it plans to invest $1 billion in projects that generate energy without using oil and gas -- and ...
Big Profits, One Customer at a Time - 11/21/2005 9:08:41 AM
What's the best way to get more customers and make more money? If you said 'raise awareness' -- the traditional marketing answer -- you may ...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 11/18/2005 2:40:53 PM
'If everything is under control, you're going too slow.' -- Mario Andretti
She Has Balls; How You Can Get Some - 11/16/2005 8:39:22 AM
Author and speaker Karen Salmansohn (who is scheduled to write a cool story for Worthwhile magazine next year), has a fun and provocative ne...
Are Newspapers Obsolete? - 11/15/2005 10:29:42 AM
Newspaper giant Knight-Ridder has put inself on the auction block as more people turn to the Internet for news. It strikes me that the probl...
Get Out; Get Smarter - 11/14/2005 3:21:17 PM
An easy way to raise at least your short-term IQ a few points is to get out of the office -- and don't go do the same old thing you always d...
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 11/14/2005 2:47:29 PM
A California teacher who works at an elementary school serving mostly poor children asked her fourth-graders to write about what it would be...
Al Gore: "This organization is a Movement" - 11/12/2005 10:44:53 AM
I'm here at the sold-out NetImpact conference at Stanford University. It's the largest conference ever held at Stanford; hundreds of people ...
"You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure" - 11/12/2005 10:32:52 AM
'Bullshit -- I don't believe that for a minute,' says Jed Emerson, who is a senior fellow at Al Gore's Generation Foundation. Jed is one of ...
"What is the No. 1 Job of a Leader?" - 11/12/2005 10:30:00 AM
'Show Appreciation.' That's according to a Boeing pamphlet, related by Stonyfield Farm founder Gary Hirshberg.
Stop the craziness - 10/31/2005 8:38:10 AM
The time has come to return the responsibility for health care -- and health care costs -- back to consumers. Last night '60 Minutes' repor...
How do you think best? - 10/25/2005 10:28:06 AM
When I sit in an office behind a computer, I lose at least 50 IQ points. I suspect this is true of most people who think for a living or dep...
Love and Money - 10/18/2005 1:42:11 PM
They go together, says Lance Secretan, who knows a thing or two about creating money-making businesses. He built temp giant Manpower before ...
Evolution and Career Happiness - 10/14/2005 9:52:09 AM
If you're a reader, there is a lot to look forward to this fall as the book-publishing season swings into full gear. One interesting new boo...
Love is a Big Business - 10/11/2005 3:08:45 PM
(And we're not talking about what you think we're talking about.) Worthwhile reader Eben Carlson just dropped us a line about what he has be...
What's Your Career Fantasy? - 10/7/2005 9:31:56 AM
Worthwhile reader Troy Worman, who commented on a post yesterday about the revival of an independent book store, says he has always wanted ...
The Happiness/Money Index - 10/6/2005 11:13:41 AM
Study after study shows the same thing: after a certain point, money doesn't buy happiness. Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the U...
Sense of Place Trumps Price - 10/6/2005 11:03:52 AM
Nearly every town has seen a well-loved independent book store close in response to competition from Amazon and major book chains. So it was...
But How Does it Go With Brie? - 10/6/2005 10:52:34 AM
A glut of wine and falling prices means that the French are turning good wines into ethanol to mix with gasoline. 'By the end of the year, 1...
Surfin' for Katrina - 10/6/2005 10:42:57 AM
Music legend (and former Beach Boy) Brian Wilson raised more than $200,000 for victims of Katrina with a different kind of performance. Inst...
The New Hot Thing on Campus - 10/2/2005 4:43:23 PM
Just a few years ago, Ivy Leaguers were forsaking fat Wall Street salaries for fat dot.com salaries. Today, a surprising percentage of the n...
Hooters and Tree Huggers - 10/2/2005 4:29:39 PM
What does it take to turn the majority of Americans into conservationists? Figure out a way to connect green living with sex. At least, that...
Better to Overreact or Underreact? - 9/26/2005 10:47:13 AM
Here in Georgia, lots of kids are going to work with their parents today. Or parents are trying to telecommute as the kids play inside on a ...
Crunchy as in Number-Crunch - 9/24/2005 12:27:13 PM
Being green is now mainstream, even for bottom-liners. At least in California, where so many cultural shifts seem to originate. Check out th...
Quick Quote 1 - 9/22/2005 10:32:46 PM
'America is a nation of 270 million people: 100 million of them are gangsters, another 100 million are hustlers, 50 million are lunatics, an...
What Kids Want - 9/22/2005 10:46:47 AM
'America's kids are hungry to be challenged for some larger purpose, which has been utterly absent in this presidency,' writes Thomas Friedm...
Maybe We're Amazed - 9/21/2005 7:24:29 AM
I've seen Paul McCartney in concert four times (five, if you include seeing the Beatles as a little kid), and his current tour is the best. ...
What Happens When. . . - 9/20/2005 5:56:03 PM
the majority of the best and brightest employees are no longer motivated by just a paycheck? Barbara Rose of the Chicago Tribune wrote a sto...
From the Katrina Frontlines - 9/20/2005 12:38:52 PM
Worthwhile friend Gini Steele sent us this post from her recent trip to the Gulf, where she drove an elderly friend back home to see if anyt...
Stay-at-home Yale-Educated Lawyers - 9/20/2005 9:00:47 AM
When it comes to mothers, in my experience, there are two groups that are just about equally miserable: moms who work or travel all the time...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 9/20/2005 8:46:18 AM
'Having found myself faced with that old bull-session question (What would you do if you found out you had a year to live?), I learned that ...
Have You Ever Noticed. . . - 9/19/2005 10:14:33 PM
that important things happen when you least expect it? Have you ever, for instance, set the time and day to fall in love?This isn't quite in...
Worthwhile Thought: Monday - 9/19/2005 1:15:11 PM
'The key to a happy life is to accomplish things that you really feel like are good for somebody beyond just you. Nothing else will do it. A...
Virtual Focus Group, Part II - 9/16/2005 8:04:17 AM
A couple of months ago, we asked all of you to weigh in on your favorite Worthwhile cover. The Premiere issue cover (left) featuring the Lif...
Worthwhile Thought: Thursday - 9/15/2005 2:04:12 PM
'I learned . . . not just to expect the worst, but to quantify the worst. When I start to feel afraid about what's going on with GoDaddy, I ...
Apparel Disconnect - 9/15/2005 12:10:29 PM
Walk down the street or look around the lobby of your office building or take an airplane trip -- have you noticed how badly most people dre...
Worthwhile Thought: Tuesday - 9/13/2005 8:42:42 AM
'I like to have a break to go running or walking. I try to do that every day. When I run I'm thinking about my work and it's a form of medit...
Who Ya Gonna Call? - 9/9/2005 5:01:27 PM
So let's say you find just the spot to locate your business, but the place turns out to have more spirit than you bargained for. That's the ...
Weekend Thought - 9/9/2005 4:22:43 PM
'Ain't no sense worrying about things you got control over, 'cause if you got control over them, ain't no sense worrying. And there ain't no...
Worthwhile Thought: Thursday - 9/8/2005 4:32:10 PM
'Whatever you're going to do, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, 'Do I want this?' That's a basic question that a lot of people do...
Hybrid Mania - 9/8/2005 3:11:43 PM
When BMW capitulates, you know the auto world has changed forever. The German car company has remained steadfast in its commitment to speedy...
Worthwhile Thought: Wednesday - 9/7/2005 8:32:47 PM
'We need to help make people aware that every decision that you make about what you are eating has consequences. It's not just about your h...
Worthwhile Thought: Tuesday - 9/6/2005 8:08:42 PM
'Part of our warrior spirit personality was created by our enemies. I have said for years that if those big bad guys (rival legacy carriers)...
Worthwhile Thought: Monday - 9/5/2005 8:17:28 PM
'Most business people, truly in the classic B-school training, don't factor in things that can't be measured in quarterly terms. That's a bi...
Worthwhile Thought: Friday - 9/2/2005 10:45:24 AM
'I feel rich by my own definition because I'm not a person who wants a mansion, a Lamborghini or a private yacht. You can be amazingly profi...
A Woodcutter's Worthwhile Work - 9/2/2005 10:39:56 AM
Thanks to Derek Andews for sending us his thoughts (below) on why his work is Worthwhile. Those whose submissions receive the most comments ...
Celebrate Labor Day; Win a Worthwhile Watch - 9/1/2005 10:08:05 AM
We're celebrating Labor Day -- which strikes us as a perfect Worthwhile holiday -- with two promotions. First, click on our home page to f...
Worthwhile Thought: Thursday - 9/1/2005 9:48:26 AM
'I keep repeating this mantra which is: Don't think about business. Stop talking about business because the minute you talk about that you a...
Who Wants to be Bill Gates? - 9/1/2005 9:36:35 AM
Not every entrepreneur yearns to be a gazillionaire. 'Lifestyle' businesses that bring in just enough to keep their owners comfortable are a...
The Fallout Begins - 9/1/2005 9:26:33 AM
Even before Katrina, gas prices were moving into the 'ouch' zone. And those giant, gas-guzzling SUVs that seemed to cool -- in some circles ...
The Pre-Wake-Up Call - 8/31/2005 7:44:35 PM
When Kevin and I launched Worthwhile magazine, we believed -- based on demographic studies and our own gut -- that the target market was the...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 8/31/2005 9:30:21 AM
'The pursuit of happiness is a lie, as if there were a point when everything changes, when you become wise. I believe enlightenment or revel...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 8/30/2005 8:29:51 AM
'If I eat lot today and my stomach is full when I go to bed, the food will rot in my stomach. And I'll toss and turn all night. I look at mo...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 8/29/2005 8:01:23 PM
'The two most radical questions you can ask about work are: 1.)What joy results in the work we are doing -- what are we manufacturing and br...
The Search for Meaning. . . - 8/29/2005 8:11:07 AM
is everywhere, even at Barneys New York. Julie Gilhart, fashion director for the tony clothing retailer, compares her desire for meaningful ...
For Love or Money - 8/27/2005 11:23:05 AM
If you ever listen to Clark Howard's radio show (or are familiar with this books), you know that he is all about money -- getting and keepin...
Bumper Sticker of the Day - 8/27/2005 11:12:27 AM
My other car is a pair of boots.
Is Prison Losing its Stigma? - 8/26/2005 11:53:27 AM
As more wealthy, glamorous people get shipped off to the pokey, will prison become just another quirky cool thing that celebrities do -- sor...
Thought for the Day - 8/25/2005 11:13:00 PM
'Everything takes form according to the consciousness that shaped it. If our self-image is small and restricted, or cold and inert, then wha...
Good Day Sunshine - 8/24/2005 10:36:02 PM
Anyone who has known me for, oh, 5 minutes, knows what a big Beatles fan I am. I use Beatles metaphors the way other people use sports jargo...
Keeping Up With the Flood - 8/23/2005 8:11:55 AM
Someone out there must have figured it out, but so far, I haven't. Ever since I got my first email account, my inbox has overflowed with hun...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 8/22/2005 10:51:48 PM
'The rich see opportunities to work and invest in situations where great disequilibriums -- imbalances or openings in the economy created by...
Shut up. You Know it's funny - 8/19/2005 12:43:15 PM
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it isworth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which al...
Why Pay More? - 8/19/2005 9:04:12 AM
Who can explain this: near my office are two gas stations -- both big global brand names -- that are across the street from one another. It'...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 8/19/2005 8:40:37 AM
'Most of what passes for news,' (author Laura) Perry submits, 'is bullshit'; so is the language employed by lawyers and insurance men; so is...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 8/18/2005 10:16:18 AM
'If you want to know what you are here to do, look around you at the life you already have. It will tell you what to do next if you follow t...
Crunch, Crunch - 8/17/2005 5:44:29 PM
Later tonight, I'll be stopping by Whole Foods and contributing to what seems to be one of the hottest trends in business: the explosive gro...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 8/17/2005 8:16:02 AM
'We go around leaking energy in the same way that someone who has slashed their wrists would go around leaking blood. Once you can actually ...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 8/16/2005 8:17:41 AM
'There is beauty to be experienced in solving a problem elegantly, in creating a business structure, however great or small, however permane...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 8/15/2005 8:23:47 AM
1. Find your talent.2. Commit to it and make it shine.3. Don't be afraid of risk. Or even failure, which if seen in its proper light, brings...
An Inspired Life - 8/9/2005 11:17:26 AM
Here is how John H. Johnson, one of the wealthiest and most powerful black business leaders in the United States, made his fortune:While sti...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 8/8/2005 1:29:13 PM
'God is in the faces of my customers. For me, spirituality and business are related. It is really through my business that I express my love...
They Moved the Cheese Again - 8/5/2005 4:58:20 PM
I've been hearing this refrain pretty often lately. Companies listen to the latest management theory and change the parameters of how they e...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 8/5/2005 10:44:06 AM
'I'm willing to be regarded as a tyrant to keep my vision intact. I've auditioned 900 dancers in order to hire four of them. It takes a cert...
Smart, Smart, Smart Toyota - 8/4/2005 11:25:25 AM
With its announcement that it plans to sharply increase investment in hybrid electric cars, Toyota, which is developing 10 new models and op...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 8/4/2005 10:42:24 AM
'Remember, if you think too much of success you will constantly be thinking of failure too. Success and failure cannot be separated. They co...
The Internet is the CB Radio of the '90s - 8/3/2005 3:04:34 PM
Wouldn't you hate to be the person known for that quote? Kevin Kelly -- one of the most prescient writers around -- resurrected the statemen...
When it Comes to Sex and Power. . . - 8/2/2005 2:36:13 PM
why do powerful businessmen and powerful business women often seem to be mirror images of each other? Take Rupert Murdoch and his three prog...
Data Mining: What's Too Personal? - 8/1/2005 3:23:03 PM
'Zipcode, please,' the cashier at a large home-goods store asked. 'No,' replied the woman in line before me. 'You companies ask for too much...
A Philosophy of Life - 8/1/2005 12:47:21 PM
I just returned from the funeral of an extraordinary person who lived an extraordinary, but too short, life. Neil Harkins, who died at age 4...
Trade or Aid? - 7/29/2005 6:49:28 PM
What's the best way to help impoverished Third-World countries -- give them money or help make it easier for them to sell their products com...
How Not to Pick a Career - 7/29/2005 1:29:24 PM
Remember the 'hot job' lists from 20 years ago? If you had chosen your profession based on those forecasts, you might be working in India to...
Take That Vacation? Yes or No - 7/28/2005 8:35:20 PM
If all hell is breaking loose at your office or in your industry, should you postpone your long-awaited break? British Prime Minister Tony B...
Whole Foods is one thing, but. . . - 7/25/2005 10:03:00 AM
are there enough people who care enough about environmentally-friendly products and 'doing the right thing' to support a gigantic industry g...
In Praise of Peas and Bubbling Cherry Pie - 7/22/2005 11:49:15 AM
Hat's off to Gerry Thomas, inventor of the original TV dinner -- the kind cooked in the oven -- who died this week. If you're under 35 or so...
The Falling Ax - 7/20/2005 4:04:21 PM
I heard from an old friend who climbed the rungs at a Fortune 500 company for nearly 20 years, but expects the ladder to be pulled out from ...
My favorite Harry Potter Trivia. . . - 7/20/2005 11:11:12 AM
is not that the latest installment broke another one-day record by selling 6.5 million copies in the first 24 hours, but that no major publi...
What's Wrong With This Company? - 7/18/2005 2:43:52 PM
It pays its workers 42 percent more than its chief competitor, which means it has little turnover and minimal employee theft. In order to ke...
Dance Like Nobody's Watching' - 7/15/2005 11:30:33 AM
You can't hear it too many times -- life is short, so don't put off doing what you love. Here is the close of columnist Tom Friedman's comme...
What's Really Behind the Mega-Slump - 7/12/2005 11:28:52 AM
Guess what movie my 13-year-old son liked better than War of the Worlds, Batman Begins and the Interpreter?March of the Penguins -- the crit...
Is Business Sexy Again? - 7/9/2005 3:18:22 PM
My August issue of Vanity Fair just arrived, and I did a doubletake. It looks an awful lot like Manhattan Inc., the glossy business magazine...
Martha on Business and Style - 7/9/2005 3:10:23 PM
Martha Stewart's business precepts, as she tells Vanity Fair's Matt Tyrnauer, are: 1) People Matter. 2) Invest to get perfection. 3) You hav...
London Bombing Update - 7/7/2005 2:27:08 PM
'For those of you not familiar with Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia...this is an incredible example of 'everything you ever wanted to know'...
Ringing Endorsement (Not) - 7/7/2005 10:05:19 AM
In which public place are you most annoyed by the sound of ringing cell phones and private conversations aired at elevated decibels? For me,...
About That Hit. "See Me" - 7/5/2005 5:41:51 PM
There's a phrase we use more than a few times as each issue of Worthwhile gets close to completion. When Kevin or I assign and edit a piece ...
Happy Independence Day - 7/4/2005 10:47:31 AM
It's a good day to take some time out for yourself and reflect on what freedom means both politically and personally. I love the Fourth of J...
When the Cure is Worse than the disease - 7/1/2005 11:23:49 AM
It's well-known that Hormone Replacement Therapy carries all kinds of health risks for older women. Just a few days ago, a report came out a...
From the Modern Myths Department - 6/30/2005 2:05:29 PM
Every industry undoubtedly has an urban legend or two. In our business, the big one is the widespread notion that the number of magazines pu...
The Wisdom of Steve Jobs - 6/28/2005 10:36:49 PM
Love him or not -- Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made the most of his talent and made a difference in the world. His commencement address to S...
Work As Play -- Why Not? - 6/26/2005 12:53:33 PM
Deep down, we all know it's true -- the way traditional jobs are structured makes no sense, particularly as it relates to work that involves...
Interesting -- Now what do you do with it? - 6/26/2005 10:22:41 AM
Here are the fastest growing U.S. cities in active home-internet use, according to Jupiter and Nielsen/NetRatings:1. Atlanta, up 43% to 1.9 ...
The Most Influential Person in Music. . . - 6/26/2005 9:15:39 AM
. . .just might be a 47-year-old public radio DJ in Los Angeles named Nic Harcourt. According to a profile in the New York Times Sunday Maga...
Seeking a Green Google - 6/23/2005 9:55:44 AM
$59-a-barrel oil has finally forced a tipping point: one of the hottest new investment areas for venture capitalists is renewable/sustainabl...
What does "Being Rich" mean? - 6/22/2005 11:35:06 AM
Whenever I ask this question at a dinner party, the answers have varied considerably -- once ranging from '$225,000' from a guy who had near...
Spreading the Worthwhile Word - 6/18/2005 10:52:55 AM
Atlanta news reporter Sally Sears emailed us this photo of her Worthwhile t-shirt in the Roman Coliseum. We've had people ask whether we wo...
Measuring the Wrong Stuff - 6/17/2005 11:58:19 AM
Every quarter, the U.S. Department of Labor issues its productivity reports and, depending on whether our collective output per hour goes up...
The Big Business of Alpha Moming - 6/16/2005 11:11:48 AM
We all know a few -- super achievers who quit high-powered careers and turn their kids into resume-worthy full-time occupations. Isabel Kall...
Captain Planet, Where Are You? - 6/13/2005 4:16:23 PM
Why don't (or can't) cops write tickets to egregious auto polluters as quickly as they pull over speeders? I ask this after sitting behind a...
Virtual Focus Group - 6/9/2005 4:34:33 PM
Whenever a new issue of Worthwhile magazine comes out, we seek as many opinions as possible on the look and content. We'd love to hear your ...
TGIF and the Shrinking American Lifespan - 6/8/2005 4:36:40 PM
I wasn't at all surprised to see that yet another big media company (Hearst, this go round) is launching yet another major magazine devoted ...
What Counts as Work? - 6/6/2005 9:52:23 AM
Whenever anyone says they work 80 hours a week -- which, of course, is more than 11 hours a day, seven days a week -- I don't believe them. ...
A Brave New World, Part I - 6/4/2005 10:30:44 AM
A friend called yesterday to report on her reunion at one of the top U.S. business schools. 'It was Worthwhile magazine,' she said. 'All of ...
A Brave New World, Part II - 6/4/2005 10:28:15 AM
Then there was the front page story in Saturday's New York Times, about how a number of international companies are now stressing energy eff...
Brave New World, Part III - 6/4/2005 10:26:02 AM
And don't miss Dan Pink's column, also in the Times. (Dan is also featured prominently in the May issue of Worthwhile.) In the Times, he wri...
Brave New World, Part IV - 6/4/2005 10:20:36 AM
And finally, news from the Wal-Mart annual meeting: the huge discount retailer, whose same-store sales are slowing, is targeting more upscal...
Where Passion Resides - 5/31/2005 10:01:08 PM
Or, how about a hot caudate?If you've ever felt deliriously in romantic love, you know the feeling. 'Falling in love is among the most irrat...
A Near Miss - 5/29/2005 1:12:41 PM
Often, when we think we desperately need something -- money for a business, a new job, etc. -- it can be hard to understand that not getting...
Inspiration's Rewards - 5/26/2005 8:36:58 AM
Who earned as much as $80 million for 30 seconds of work? (No, it has nothing to do with sex, lotteries or other gambling -- but it has ever...
Well . . . yeah - 5/25/2005 7:49:57 PM
Worthwhile magazine was founded on two very simple premises: professionals are demanding that their work lives be as fulfilling as their 'li...
The Dollar Derby - 5/24/2005 7:34:57 AM
'A friend of mine, a businessman who buys companies, told me one of the first things he looks at is the gender of the boss,' writes John Tie...
International Relations - 5/23/2005 9:46:12 AM
On a flight last week from New York to Atlanta, a Korean psychiatrist (in the U.S. for just the second time in his life) asked me why Americ...
Your Attention, Please! - 5/23/2005 9:37:52 AM
In these days of TIVO, iPod and hundreds of cable TV networks, advertisers are desperate to find new ways to get their messages across. Afte...
When it comes to health, trust your body - 5/22/2005 1:46:04 PM
Last year -- or was it the year before? -- experts were still advising us to drink eight glasses of water a day. For much of the past decade...
You Know You're on to Something When. . . - 5/17/2005 5:35:55 PM
The establishment is clueless.I can't help think about this on the eve of 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,' which is expected to draw 21 mil...
Living the High Life - 5/15/2005 12:33:12 PM
In a time when lots of people lease luxury cars and travel to Europe, how do you flash your high status? You work really hard and talk about...
The Making of Jon Stewart - 5/12/2005 10:30:19 AM
Here's another example of the rewards that can come from listening to your gut and being authentic. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart tells Oprah...
An Offer They Can't Refuse - 5/12/2005 10:17:41 AM
This might make us think twice about the stuff we bring into our homes: imagine if you had to sort your trash into at least 10 categories (a...
Bye Bye, Miss American Pie - 5/9/2005 9:12:33 PM
Is rock finally, really dead?'Yes it's dead,' says my 13-year-old son who plays lead guitar in a band (lots of Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, along...
How to Build a Blogging Empire - 5/9/2005 8:54:52 AM
Just curious -- how many regular bloggers expect their sites to become big money-makers? In case you missed it, there was an intere...
Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You - 5/9/2005 8:04:25 AM
If Bob Dylan can make those soccer games, can't we all? Dylan's son, Jakob, who fronts the Wallflowers band, broke his silence about his fat...
Is your work day reactive or proactive? - 4/22/2005 1:21:08 PM
This was a question posed to me and several others on a recent panel discussion. For each of us, the answer was the same: reactive. We all s...
What Makes a Great Leader? - 4/19/2005 3:54:46 PM
In the case of Phil Knight, who just stepped down as CEO of Nike, it's hard to know -- but whatever it is, it's going to be a hard act to fo...
Capitalism or Religion: What's Better for the Poor? - 4/13/2005 2:04:52 PM
One of my favorite, non-mainstream magazines is 'What is Enlightenment?', which currently poses this question on its cover: Will Big Busines...
Help Wanted: Drowning in Good Email - 4/13/2005 1:29:33 PM
Virtually every night I shut my computer down with at least two dozen unread emails. This isn't spam -- all of it involves stuff I want to r...
Publisher Leaves NY! Stop the Presses! - 4/12/2005 8:53:19 AM
A major New York book publisher, ReganBooks, is heading to Hollywood and the news was stunning enough to warrant front page coverage in the ...
Bodies and Souls - 4/11/2005 10:59:05 PM
I just finished the book Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho. The main character is a prostitute who makes the observation:Of course, everyone sp...
New (or Ancient) Ways of Winning - 4/9/2005 4:04:21 PM
Over the years, I occasionally bought tires from a local company called DeKalb Tire. Prices were competitive, service was fine -- but the re...
Fueling the $15,000 cognac - 3/27/2005 1:17:16 PM
Question -- a young woman of which nationality and time period said this? 'When we aren't at school, we shop, we do our hair and we share st...
The One-Million Mark - 3/23/2005 9:37:00 AM
Yesterday, this site recorded its one-millionth visitor. We had talked about creating some kind of promotion around this milestone -- awardi...
Thursday's Thought: Risk and Instinct - 3/17/2005 3:51:39 PM
'Too many corporate executives are like bankers, accountants and Puritans: they're always looking for a reason to say no. To avoid risk. To ...
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - 3/15/2005 9:10:09 AM
Hint: if you want to write a bestseller, put the word 'millionaire' in the title. Remember The Millionaire Next Door? New on the shelves is ...
Coming Soon: The Worthwhile Music Label - 3/14/2005 9:44:08 AM
First, Starbucks scoops up eight Grammy awards last month with its Ray Charles 'Genius Loves Company' CD. Now, Toyota's Scion line has launc...
The Impossible Dream - 3/13/2005 2:01:43 PM
Why are some people able to pull off the impossible?A fun piece in today's New York Times, 'Sleeping With the Guitar Player' tells the story...
What Makes a Cool Town - 3/11/2005 9:14:54 AM
Many people under age 40 care more about where they live than where they work, according to Worthwhile columnist Rebecca Ryan, who writes ab...
(Psst. Hot Tip. Buy Cheese) - 3/8/2005 8:25:35 AM
The drug companies are apparently in a mad dash to be the first to come up with a pill that will raise our good HDL cholesterol. 'The more o...
What We Love and Hate - 3/1/2005 4:02:40 PM
A question I ask nearly everyone I meet for a meal or coffee is this: What specifically do you love and hate about what you do all day? I wa...
Life-Shaping Dinner - 3/1/2005 12:56:01 PM
Three years ago, as the idea for Worthwhile magazine was forming but before we even had business cards (not to mention a prototype), I atten...
Today's Thought: Thanks for the Meme-ries - 2/9/2005 9:01:43 AM
'Biological Definition of Meme (from Dawkins): The meme is the basic unit of cultural transmission, or imitation.'Labeling a meme true lodge...
"It's Amazing That More Waiters Don't Kill People" - 2/2/2005 7:30:24 PM
That's a quote from a classic piece in today's New York Times titled, 'The Waiter You Stiffed Has Not Forgotten.'Getting so-so service in re...
Subscribe Now and Save - 2/2/2005 3:25:08 PM
If you've been thinking about subscribing to the print version of Worthwhile, but haven't yet -- here's a potential incentive to act now. In...
What's Real Generosity? - 2/2/2005 8:32:36 AM
A few evenings ago, a relative passing through town called me to say that her accommodations for the night had fallen through, and could she...
Today's Thought: A Bad Childhood Reconsidered - 1/29/2005 4:07:14 PM
'Eleanor Roosevelt declared herself an 'unhappy child,' whose early years were 'gray days:' 'I grew up with a fear of insanity.' She lost a ...
What is it With Pain? And Other Email Annoyances - 1/27/2005 9:21:52 AM
If your experience is anything like mine, you have several dozen spam emails waiting for you every morning when you first turn on your compu...
Today's Thought: Work as Fun - 1/25/2005 4:58:15 PM
'I believe work today could be much more liberating and fun.'But for many it isn't.'Well, we might ask ourselves whether it was ever meant ...
A CFO and a Priest Go Into a Bar. . . - 1/20/2005 5:18:14 PM
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at work? Or barring laughter at your own expense, what is the funniest work-related...
Today's Thought: Raising Good Kids - 1/19/2005 9:19:06 PM
'Don't overindulge kids with spectacular vacations, opulent material possessions and relentless tides of programmed activities after school ...
My New Favorite Thing - 1/19/2005 1:52:02 PM
At least 20 years ago, my mother gave me a Crock Pot. As with any gift that seems hopelessly uncool at the time, it went straight to the bac...
Today's Thought: God and Pleasure - 1/18/2005 8:57:46 PM
'The stewardship model tells us that God is 'out there': it is theistic. God is an absentee landlord, and we are here to do God's dirty work...
Worthwhile Now at Whole Foods - 1/17/2005 2:42:09 PM
The premiere issue of the print version of Worthwhile is now available at a number of Whole Foods around the country -- let us know if you s...
Powerful Men and Smart Women - 1/13/2005 6:41:36 PM
When it comes to romance, are high-achieving men most attracted to doting, un-ambitious women who long for little more than to cook, birth b...
Today's Thought: Watch That Clock! - 1/11/2005 4:18:25 PM
'A leader has control of his time and develops a personal rhythm in his life. He knows how much rest he needs, how much study he needs, how ...
Today's Thought: Paying the Price - 1/10/2005 2:56:59 PM
'Despite its rhetoric, the culture does not value independent action. The culture wants to ask the family of 'How' questions: What does it c...
An Unexpected New Passion - 1/10/2005 9:16:32 AM
How deadly does this sound? Your son's good friend invites you to his middle school percussion-ensemble's rehearsal. Needless to say, I wasn...
Friday's Thought: Destiny - 1/7/2005 4:13:17 PM
'To serve best, you should know what is unique about you (or your company).'You must envision what the world would lack without your company...
Thursday's Thought - 1/6/2005 2:26:23 PM
'Nothing destroys self-confidence like being selfish and petty. Perhaps the greatest boost to self-confidence is the embrace of a larger-tha...
Wednesday's Quote - 1/5/2005 5:55:51 PM
'There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control.' -- Russian Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Today's Quote: Tuesday - 1/4/2005 4:57:06 PM
'Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.' -- Philosopher Albert Camus
Wednesday's Thought - 12/29/2004 10:37:11 AM
'I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says, be serious, be passionate, wake up.' -- Writer/thinker Susan S...
Jump Start on Those New Year's Resolutions - 12/27/2004 10:46:17 PM
Want to live to be 100 and healthy? Those who do it also do these things, according to The Canyon Ranch: Guide to Living Younger Longer:* Wo...
Today's Thought: Finding Your Passion Inside the Corporate Hairball - 12/27/2004 11:31:08 AM
'If you are hypnotized by an organization's culture, you become separated from your personal magic and cannot tap it to help achieve the goa...
Monday's Thought - 12/20/2004 7:51:37 PM
'I tell young people who may ask about a career: Look around and think of what you've done and decide what you like best. Then see if you ca...
What Replaces Sex at a Certain Age -- or Maybe Any Age? - 12/16/2004 5:19:45 PM
Paco Underhill, the widely respected retailing guru and author of Why We Buy , has a theory on why more and more companies are linking their...
Thursday's Thought - 12/16/2004 3:43:02 PM
'Buddhism starts with studying the self, whether in meditation or other practices, because it is thought that without knowing who one really...
Wednesday's Thought - 12/15/2004 7:50:50 PM
'Today you can buy knowledge by the pound -- from consultants hawking best practice, from the staff you've just hired from your competitor, ...
Does the Same Hold True for Humans? - 12/14/2004 9:08:12 PM
I have a hound dog who almost never barks. But when he is even the slightest bit uncomfortable, or spots some food out of his reach, he whin...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 12/14/2004 6:07:07 PM
'Meaningful jobs are better paid than those essentially routine in nature. This was the case in the days of Mark Twain, and it is true today...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 12/13/2004 10:40:27 AM
'Your business will always model your own physical and emotional health almost exactly. If you're bummed, your employees will be bummed, you...
Thought for the day: Weekend - 12/10/2004 11:14:34 PM
'I would honestly rather spend an hour getting my teeth cleaned than an hour mingling. . .I get so nervous that I actually skulk, and then I...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 12/9/2004 10:39:41 AM
'Expanders, like me, are naturally inclined to make more and more of something. Containers are naturally inclined to keep everything in orde...
Who Can you Trust? - 12/8/2004 5:43:56 PM
If you're like most people, you listen when a friend recommends a good book, movie, restaurant. . .or favorite chicken sausage?But what if y...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 12/8/2004 7:17:56 AM
'Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.' - Nkosi Johnson (Nkosi was a 12-year-old AIDS activist who...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 12/7/2004 12:20:50 PM
'We race through our careers often never recognizing that creativity is as important to business as DNA is to evolution. If we didn't create...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 12/6/2004 10:08:08 PM
'There's an underground involved in political resistance and the underground involved in preserving beauty and fun -- which is to say, prese...
Something's Happening Here, but You Don't Know What it is - 12/3/2004 12:28:18 PM
Eventually, almost every company runs into something that threatens its tried-and-true formula; many if not most businesses come up with a d...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 12/3/2004 11:15:06 AM
'Homeostasis doesn't distinguish between what you would call change for the better and change for the worse. It resists all change. After 20...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 12/2/2004 12:02:17 PM
'Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 12/1/2004 9:17:22 AM
'I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink. It comes partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of tro...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 11/30/2004 10:08:24 AM
'Train yourself not to shut down when you hear the word 'no.' That is in fact just the time to really start fighting. No human being likes t...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 11/29/2004 9:29:47 AM
'When you come up with a whole new idea, there is no way someone else can visualize it like you can. Not even your mom.'People did not go ar...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 11/23/2004 6:22:36 PM
'The final and most important decision in the process of finding the work you love is the decision that you have found what you are looking ...
Lose the story, lose the sale - 11/23/2004 8:42:55 AM
Why is anyone surprised that sales of Krispy Kreme doughnuts went stale after they became available almost anywhere, including the local con...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 11/22/2004 7:41:38 PM
'Dedicate yourself to something larger than yourself -- to the largest thing you can: to God, to relieving suffering, to contributing to kno...
A National Scandal? - 11/21/2004 11:32:38 AM
The movie, The Incredibles, is not only a huge box-office hit, it's also reigniting the debate on how society should treat gifted kids: does...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 11/18/2004 6:48:42 PM
'Whenever I feel uncomfortable, I know it's something I need to do.' -- Kathleen Kurre (entrepreneur, public speaker and former corporate ex...
Nothing to lose, a lot to Gain - 11/18/2004 9:48:39 AM
Who's the latest symbol of rugged American individualism? Hispanic women, who are starting their own businesses at a rate much greater than ...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 11/17/2004 4:07:48 PM
'The first important step I took was to purchase a 365 Days to a Happier Life Desk Calendar. As I eagerly placed my mental well-being in the...
Thought for the day: Tuesday - 11/15/2004 10:52:48 PM
'Changing the lifestyle and appearance of youth throughout the world didn't just happen -- we set out to do it; we knew what we were doing.'...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 11/15/2004 12:35:21 PM
'After finding that about one child in 30 is brilliant and happy, (Harvard psychologist Burton) White did a great deal of research to determ...
Thought for the day: weekend - 11/13/2004 10:57:19 PM
'Joy is rarer, more difficult and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral o...
More from the Shameless Plug Department - 11/12/2004 12:42:50 PM
A lot of people have asked us about ordering multiple gift subscriptions to the print version of Worthwhile -- and doing it as easily as pos...
Thought for the day: Friday - 11/11/2004 11:11:27 PM
'Remember, whenever you do something, do one thing that really matters and do it beautifully. No one will ever remember you for doing too ma...
Out of touch and loving it - 11/11/2004 1:58:08 PM
A month ago my three-year-old cell phone decided it would only charge in my car. So that's where I leave it these days.The upshot: no longer...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 11/11/2004 5:06:17 AM
'When you remember what you love, you will remember who you are. If you remember who you are, you can do anything.' -- Cartoonist Cathy Guis...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 11/10/2004 9:23:43 AM
'What if jobs are simply becoming an obsolete concept for work packaging?'Why do so many of us put up with a substandard experience of what ...
Thank You Tom Peters! - 11/9/2004 5:40:31 PM
If you had told me five years ago that Tom Peters -- one of my all-time business heroes -- would one day write such fabulous words on his we...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 11/9/2004 8:23:37 AM
'People put average effort into too many things, rather than superior thought and effort into a few important things. Pursue those few thing...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 11/8/2004 7:59:55 AM
'For the past 20 years I've lived passionately, as much in my professional life as my personal life. I never give myself goals or limits, bu...
Thought for the day: Thursday - 11/4/2004 10:15:40 PM
'It's worth considering how a couple of ordinary people landed in such an extraordinary position. It has to do with commitment, hard work an...
Keep Your Hands to Yourself - 11/4/2004 6:24:55 PM
With flu season approaching, a growing number of people, myself included, are getting kind of Howard Hughes-like when it comes to shaking ha...
Thought for the day: Wednesday - 11/3/2004 10:41:06 PM
'The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.' -- ...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 11/2/2004 7:44:52 PM
'Some cynics ask, 'How can you claim you have a spiritual connection to your customers? How do you know whether they buy your ice cream beca...
Thought for the day: Monday - 11/1/2004 11:15:34 AM
'With our pitchers, we attempt sometimes to water a field, not a garden. We throw ourselves indiscriminately into committees and causes. Not...
Celebrating the passion of John Peel - 10/29/2004 9:54:38 AM
Reader (and friend) Martin Flaherty writes below about the passion and importance of British broadcaster John Peel, who just died at age 65....
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 10/28/2004 5:59:08 PM
'The black club scene downtown was about aping white disco and crossing over to white taste. Our scene uptown was about being our ghetto sel...
Thought for the day: Wednesday - 10/27/2004 10:19:22 PM
'Don't settle forever, or for too long, for work you don't love. You need to aspire to work that makes you thrive, that you're proud of, tha...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 10/26/2004 6:02:03 PM
'Yes, instead of exploring, you could stay 'safely' at home and let the ghouls imprison you there. But remember that the ghouls are leaving ...
If Brands are dead, what is feeling sick? - 10/26/2004 3:50:07 PM
A piece in the November issue of Wired magazine predicts a dire future for companies that rely on the strength of their brands instead of gr...
Thought for the day: Monday - 10/25/2004 8:42:56 PM
'It seems you are not allowed to do anything good except for money. It's funny, when we talk about the stock market with investors, our favo...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 10/22/2004 1:05:50 PM
'When we discount the importance of the physical environment to human performance by focusing on the cold efficiencies and economics of work...
Winning and the Yankees - 10/22/2004 10:02:14 AM
Many decades ago, my dad was offered a spot on a Boston Red Sox farm team. While he opted to go to college instead, I've always had a warm s...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 10/21/2004 2:35:21 PM
'We are so impressed by our civilization and what it's done, with our machines, that we have a difficult time recognizing that the biologica...
Thought for the day: Wednesday - 10/19/2004 9:31:57 PM
'It is difficult to imagine how dull the world would be if our ancestors had used free time simply for passive entertainment, instead of fin...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 10/19/2004 9:56:39 AM
'My first 15 or 20 short video movies were unwatchable, but I learned a lot from them and I kept making them because I enjoyed the process m...
Thought for the day: Monday - 10/18/2004 9:23:51 AM
'The belief John and I shared before Adam came along -- that rigidly disciplined, distasteful work was the one and only path to a good life ...
Today's News Highlights - 10/17/2004 4:33:23 PM
From Tom Friedman's column: 'When Bill Gates goes to China, students hang on the rafters and scalp tickets to hear him speak. In China, Bill...
Legends - 10/17/2004 1:34:12 PM
Friday night I saw Dolly Parton in concert. Last night I saw the Brian Wilson Smile tour.Dolly was sold out; the crowd was as energized as a...
Thought for the day: Weekend - 10/16/2004 6:15:37 PM
'The worst is failure of nerve. You have everything going for you except the guts to support your idea and explore the concept fully. The co...
What things are you cheap about? - 10/16/2004 6:03:49 PM
I have a friend who will drive many miles out of her way to avoid paying the 50-cent toll to use a road that would shave at least half an ho...
Thought for the day: Friday - 10/15/2004 9:28:23 AM
'I remind myself of this when I cannot get any work done: to live as if I am dying, because the truth is we're all terminal on this bus. To ...
Thought(s) for the Day: Thursday - 10/14/2004 9:58:29 AM
'Life is a series of near misses. But a lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility...
Plus a couple changes to the site - 10/13/2004 3:14:47 PM
Adding to what Kevin said below about the Premiere Issue of Worthwhile -- you will also notice a few changes to the website: links for 'curr...
Thought(s) for the Day - 10/13/2004 9:15:23 AM
'Opportunity hides in the worst situations.'I've found that whenever I've offered the other guy the bigger piece, I got what I wanted and it...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 10/12/2004 10:54:46 AM
'Moving between fields is the way to be creative. Keep your fingers in a lot of pies. I do it because I'm curious. I'm the only person I kno...
Political Correctness and Reality - 10/12/2004 10:44:01 AM
If you're a Saturday Night Live fan, you've noticed that another woman, Amy Poehler, has joined Tina Fey at the Weekend Update desk.Did SNL ...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 10/11/2004 12:50:36 PM
Children: Pro or Con? Pro'Children do not sit next to one in r...
Thought for the Day: Friday - 10/8/2004 11:30:03 AM
'One of the things that detracts from self-esteem is blaming someone else -- blaming the weather, blaming this, blaming that. High performan...
Talk About Pressure (and concentration) - 10/8/2004 9:05:34 AM
Imagine yourself in this situation: you and your team have worked for months to make it to the finals of a huge presentation or sales contes...
Thought for the Day: Thursday - 10/7/2004 1:14:09 PM
'I remember, at age 13, my mother took me to Europe. I distinctly remember seeing the Parthenon and it bringing tears to my eyes. It sent sh...
Thought for the Day: Wednesday - 10/6/2004 3:12:59 PM
'Why do some people have all the time in the world, while others run around with a huge list that they'll never get done? It isn't that some...
Thought for the Day: Tuesday - 10/5/2004 2:18:55 PM
'Students shouldn't be taught merely to chase business or marketing opportunities. We should be producing entrepreneurs who are passionate a...
The Music Industry's Surprise Success - 10/5/2004 8:58:31 AM
What would you put your money on -- a company that carefully puts its products through rigorous tests and focus groups before releasing them...
Thought for the Day: Monday - 10/4/2004 10:22:39 AM
'Every age has a critical shortage. In the industrial age, it was money. People in industrial society were willing to give up time for money...
Echo Boomers, Buzz and Brands - 10/4/2004 9:15:43 AM
If Baby Boomers' offspring -- otherwise known as 'echo boomers' -- have as much impact on the world as their parents, how will they shape so...
Thought for the Day - 9/30/2004 9:17:54 PM
'One day, I received a phone call from a man halfway around the world who, at 45, had never worked a day in his life. A beneficiary of a siz...
Inside the Minds of Marketers - 9/30/2004 4:08:38 PM
The marketing business -- advertising, PR, music, film, etc. -- lives and dies by getting inside the heads of consumers.But what's on the mi...
What Business Can Learn from Bobby Cox - 9/30/2004 10:25:11 AM
Bobby Cox, manager of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, won his 2,000th game last night -- only the ninth major league manager in history to...
Thought for the Day - 9/29/2004 1:37:12 PM
'I think young women who choose a smaller life are making a mistake. I believe that whether you are a woman or a man you are supposed to str...
In Search of the Right Formula for Selling Stuff - 9/28/2004 9:08:00 AM
What's happening in today's publishing world reminds me of food and furniture polish: we buy drinks and desserts with 'lemon flavor' and cle...
If not bloggers, perhaps Howard Stern? - 9/27/2004 10:28:11 AM
The Sept. 30 issue of Rolling Stone magazine takes a look at the swing voters, describing them as 'white, married strivers who haven't yet m...
Could Bloggers tip the election? - 9/26/2004 8:16:20 PM
Bloggers grabbed the spotlight today in the New York Times magazine's cover story. Here's the gist: 'Left-wing politics are thriving on blog...
Thought for the day - 9/24/2004 9:29:46 PM
'You would think that if you studied for millions and millions of years at music, you would therefore be the finest musician in the world. B...
Big Bucks Vs. Balance - 9/23/2004 4:51:13 PM
Can you make a lot of money and have a life?I was struck by a passage in Fast Company magazine's October cover story on achieving balance: '...
Thought for the Day - 9/23/2004 3:45:20 PM
'I'm into having fun, but also growing spiritually. Because I only have so much time while I'm visiting this planet. We come from the light,...
Hats off to Jennifer - 9/22/2004 3:11:14 PM
We got the 'blue-line' proofs for Worthwhile Magazine back from the printer today and all I can say is, 'wow!' Actually, I can say more than...
Thought for the Day - 9/22/2004 9:30:10 AM
'Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebe...
Who Are You and Who Knows You Best? - 9/21/2004 4:19:49 PM
Whenever I've made terrific hires, it's because I listened to my gut. I will always hire someone I instinctively feel good about over the A+...
You're on Candid (Zoom) Camera - 9/21/2004 2:14:31 PM
It seems we're nearing the day when we'll have no private lives outside our homes. Chicago is set to become (in 2006) one of the first U.S. ...
Play's the Thing - 9/18/2004 10:30:24 AM
Virginia Hamilton Adair died Thursday at the age of 91. She received national attention at age 83 when she published her first collection of...
Does This Sound like Your Day? - 9/16/2004 5:35:23 PM
Glaceau uses the biggest chunk of real estate on its Smartwater bottles to print this: 'wake up. take shower. get dressed. eat cereal. brush...
Overheard in a Coffee Shop - 9/15/2004 2:17:55 PM
A woman is explaining to her friend why she plans to drive 15 hours to go home for Thanksgiving instead of flying: 'The most stressful thing...
In Case You Missed it. . . - 9/13/2004 11:05:52 AM
Provocative, prescient column by Janet Kidd Stewart in yesterday's Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, Baltimore Sun and a bunch of other pap...
The Future of Big Companies - 9/13/2004 9:39:55 AM
It's hard to find a large company these days that isn't in some way trying to reinvent itself. Nearly every day the business pages are fille...
Selling Your Idea when Everyone thinks you're nuts - 9/12/2004 1:20:25 PM
When Paul Otellini, president and likely future CEO of Intel, took on the challenge of re-invigorating the chip maker, he had a heretical id...
Sex Scene Coming In, Please Hold - 9/11/2004 8:53:48 PM
China, the birthplace of numerous inventions including gun powder, has added a new one: the cell-phone novel.Acclaimed writer He Xingnian's ...
Who's Backing Who? - 9/11/2004 11:41:41 AM
Fun David Brooks column today about the spreadsheet people vs. the paragraph people and how that translates into election fundraising.Backin...
Take Two Doses of Meaning and Call in the Morning - 9/10/2004 10:00:47 AM
What kinds of people thrive on long hours, little sleep and piles of work? Those who have control over their work and believe what they're d...
Why the big Gap? - 9/9/2004 3:25:58 PM
Whenever I visit a big newsstand like Joe Muggs, I'm always struck by the small size of the business-magazine rack compared with space for, ...
Coming next Week: The 1-Hour Workweek - 9/8/2004 2:30:18 PM
Check out these historical predictions offered up in a new book, 'In Praise of Slowness' by Carl Honore:*Benjamin Franklin predicted that th...
Your Life -- Take it Back - 9/5/2004 1:09:34 PM
Nearly every poll these days shows essentially the same thing: tens of millions of Americans are stressed out and unhappy at work; white col...
Alpha Dogs, the Beatles and Power - 9/3/2004 8:32:45 PM
I have two alpha male dogs: a laid-back Rhodesian Ridgeback, Copper, and an aptly named standard poodle, Tiger, who desperately wants to be ...
Jocks on the Job - 9/3/2004 10:00:48 AM
The October issue of Psychology Today (on newsstands but not yet on the web) takes an interesting look at companies that use athletes and sp...
Hmmm. . .Really? - 9/2/2004 1:50:51 PM
A group called The Center for a New American Dream just released interesting results from a poll of 1,269 U.S. adults. First, I applaud thi...
The beginning of the end of managed health care? - 9/2/2004 9:23:34 AM
If you notice an extra spring in your doctor's step today, it may be thanks to a decision handed down yesterday by the federal appeals court...
In Defense of Celebrities (Sort Of) - 9/1/2004 12:50:51 PM
What are you more likely to pick up in a waiting room? Vanity Fair or The Atlantic? Anyone in the magazine business has to spend some time t...
Send us your nominations - 8/31/2004 11:16:48 AM
Kevin and I and the rest of us at Worthwhile loved Kate Yandoh's item yesterday on best 'at-bat' songs. We're looking at compiling a top 40 ...
Finding a work pattern that works - 8/30/2004 10:56:01 AM
I spent much of the past weekend sitting on my front porch, sipping a latte and alternately working and reading a novel. When I grew tired o...
Doing Good: The Cool Factor - 8/29/2004 12:44:06 PM
Need more proof that there's nothing cooler right now than doing good -- or at least associating yourself with good works?Consider the 'Live...
What motivates sales people? - 8/26/2004 5:14:49 PM
Money, of course, tops the list. But what comes next is interesting. My friend Ann Stallard, who is executive vice president for Graphic Com...
Long life -- Is it (mostly) in the mind? - 8/26/2004 11:37:38 AM
I saw a study a few years ago showing that college professors were among the longest-living people of any occupational group. As the study n...
Not Achieving Enough? Wake up! - 8/25/2004 5:20:27 PM
I was re-reading one of the features that will be in the upcoming print version of Worthwhile about an IBM executive who has a remarkable ab...
Is Real Estate the New New Thing? - 8/24/2004 5:43:28 PM
Or the next big bubble?It seems like everyone I know who's passionate about making money is moving out of stocks and into investment real es...
The Future of Marketing 1 - 8/24/2004 7:22:57 AM
In this age of Tivo, satellite radio and limitless websites, what's the most effective way to reach an audience?I'm curious to know what's o...
Taking the long way - 8/23/2004 6:49:57 PM
There are two ways to get to my Midtown office from my house. The most efficient is the Interstate, where, twice in the past year, my windsh...
Mourning the one that got away - 8/23/2004 3:00:08 PM
For the venture capitalists who turned down Google, it has clearly been wrenching to watch the stock return a 250-to-1 five-year payout to t...
A Contrast in Customer Service - 8/22/2004 12:18:32 AM
I was behind a couple checking out at a national book chain and overheard this exchange:Clerk: 'Did you find everything you were looking for...
Is High School Destiny? - 8/20/2004 9:55:57 PM
At a recent dinner party, we were trying to guess what everyone around the table was like in high school. It was pretty easy picking out the...
Can Big Companies keep their talent? - 8/20/2004 12:19:14 PM
When Roberta Chinsky Matuson looks back on her 20-year career in human resources, she would do at least one thing differently: 'I wish I had...
What Entrepreneurs Pay Themselves - 8/19/2004 1:23:16 PM
You might think that people who write their own paychecks would jump at the opportunity to reward themselves handsomely. In fact, that rarel...
Our (Good) Problem - 8/18/2004 11:33:23 AM
Kevin's 'shameless plug' must be working -- we've been getting lots of subscriptions for the print magazine.Here's what we didn't expect: th...
Thought for the day - 8/17/2004 9:59:42 AM
'The world will never be happy until all men have the souls of artists -- I mean when they take pleasure in their jobs.' Auguste RodinThat'...
How we spend our work days - 8/16/2004 5:41:15 PM
If we need any more proof that our work/non-work hours have merged. . .Nearly half of all people between 18 and 34 use the Internet at work ...
"Plaid is exploding" -- and what it means - 8/16/2004 9:38:52 AM
The New York Times has weighed in again -- this time on the front page -- on the dramatic change in teenage fashion. Say it again: grunge an...
Hard-won wisdom - 8/14/2004 7:26:29 PM
Sometimes, working a dead-end job may be just the path you're supposed to be traveling.Take singer Patty Griffin, who, at age 40, is just no...
Let's Hear it for the Overworked Brain surgeon - 8/12/2004 1:46:59 PM
If you run a business, a department, a division -- or manage anybody -- I bet at at least one point in your career you have admired the pers...
What's Missing from CEOs' Lives - 8/10/2004 4:12:12 PM
I've been reading a fascinating book, Aspirations of Greatness, by Jim Warner, which looks at why so many successful people reach a point wh...
What's Hot Now - 8/8/2004 12:58:21 PM
Being a tattooed, body-pierced slacker isn't cool anymore. Instead, according to a Sunday Styles story in today's New York Times, young adul...
Electoral College: Yes or No? - 8/6/2004 12:08:02 PM
I suspect your answer to this question depends on whether your candidate won or lost the last presidential election. I will say, it's hard t...
Eating our way to peace and understanding - 8/1/2004 1:40:21 PM
Almost all of my son's favorite foods originated in countries that are politically out of favor with the U.S. A few years ago, I had the onl...
Stress and a clean shirt - 7/30/2004 12:49:56 PM
I had coffee this morning with one of my favorite businesspeople, Mark Kaiser, who has run companies ranging from $40 million to $1 billion ...
Does Elegance Matter? - 7/29/2004 2:39:21 PM
This question came up at a dinner of professional women the other night. The fact that every well-known person who seems to illustrate elega...
In Praise of Allison, etc. - 7/28/2004 3:26:40 PM
I've been thinking a lot lately about the amazing group of people who have come together to create Worthwhile Magazine. From the editorial/d...
The Giving Dilemma - 7/25/2004 11:12:27 AM
Until recently, contributing to my friends' charities was easy and affordable since I only got several requests a month.But suddenly this sp...
The New War Room: The Salon - 7/24/2004 10:35:04 AM
GREAT column today by David Brooks in the New York Times.He makes the point that we're not really fighting a war against 'terror.' We're fig...
Overreacting or Under-reacting? - 7/20/2004 10:08:43 AM
Here's a story that first appeared online and is beginning to attract mainstream media attention.The gist: is political correctness keeping ...
The Martha Stewart Sentence - 7/16/2004 12:40:13 PM
Fair or not? If you were in her ankle bracelet, would you appeal?Here's my take: it's hard for me to understand why she should go to prison ...
Where the real work happens - 7/15/2004 11:18:14 AM
Since we're now in the heavy crunch of producing the print version of Worthwhile, I'm working from home today so that I can get a lot of edi...
Good Works Obviously Work - 7/14/2004 9:43:11 AM
As I was checking out at Target last night, I noticed a large ad that, instead of proclaiming the store's 'everyday low prices' or some such...
Express Yourself! - 7/13/2004 2:58:13 PM
By now, most people have heard something about the 'Reading at Risk' survey produced by the National Endowment for the Arts, revealing that ...
Progressive Values = Pro-Business - 7/9/2004 12:26:56 PM
'Pro business' and 'traditional/conservative values' have been psychologically linked about as long as peanut butter has been paired with je...
Oh, Well. So much for the European model - 7/7/2004 6:15:57 PM
Just when many workaholic Americans and their employers were being swayed that the Old Country might be on to something with their six weeks...
Bliss is great, but great talent may be better - 7/7/2004 5:07:02 PM
What do you do if your passion is music and you're good enough to play with bands like the Beach Boys -- but you're not good enough to ever ...
Competing with Wal-Mart - 7/4/2004 1:59:36 PM
More astounding Wal-Mart facts from an interesting story in today's New York Times magazine: 'Because 12 percent of China's exports to the U...
The Products of our Work - 7/1/2004 11:07:16 AM
I've been thinking all morning about a fascinating story in today's New York Times about a 1,000-year-old civilization, called Range Creek, ...
Hummers and Heft. A Common Link? - 6/28/2004 8:10:28 PM
Perhaps this is an Atlanta thing, but many of the drivers of Hummers and other humongous SUVs I've observed tend to be smallish women.At the...
Fixing a Hole - 6/26/2004 11:19:40 AM
I got home last night about 10:00 and found my computer continuing to ooze memory at a rate of at least 30 megabytes a day. I've noticed som...
Leaky Applications in Computers and Life - 6/25/2004 10:07:18 AM
I discovered last night that I have 'leaky applications' on my computer. These are applications that constantly use memory but never replace...
Working out our Play Muscle - 6/24/2004 10:06:09 AM
Kevin Carroll, whose job is to nurture creativity at Nike, told HOW magazine that he likes to watch recess all over the world and always fin...
In Search of Excellence (Apologies to Tom Peters) - 6/22/2004 6:20:57 PM
I don't think I fully got the true meaning of excellence until I observed something in my son.For years, I thought he had the potential to b...
Six Things that Inspire You - 6/21/2004 6:38:50 PM
I love magazines and one of my favorites is HOW, a publication for and about designers and other creators. A while back, they did an intervi...
Obit of the Week - 6/17/2004 10:23:40 AM
I collect obits. OK, perhaps that sounds a little morbid and perhaps 'collect' is too strong of a word. But I do clip them occassionally and...
Do You Run Late? You Have Democratic Tendencies - 6/15/2004 9:49:48 AM
David Brooks has a provocative piece in today's New York Times about 'the civil war within the educated class.'Here's the gist: Professiona...
My Favorite Tip of the Month - 6/13/2004 12:41:00 PM
Too often I find myself having lunch or coffee with someone I have met before and asking them questions I know we have previously covered bu...
5 Business/Life Lessons from my Furnace - 6/9/2004 3:22:50 PM
My furnace died this week, which was no great surprise considering it was 44 years old. In the process of choosing a company to replace it -...
Thought for the Day - 5/26/2004 8:59:37 PM
'The intelligence which is in all of life -- the intelligence that turns the heavens, that migrates the birds, the intelligence which tells ...
Genius in Three Hours - 5/24/2004 9:48:36 PM
A few days ago, I was listening to my 12-year-old son play Get Back on his electric guitar and marveling once again at how a 40-year-old ban...
Thought for the Day - 5/22/2004 10:25:56 PM
'There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.'Coco Chanel
Why is This So Hard? - 5/20/2004 7:38:43 PM
I've had a bad customer-service week.I get annoyed when people use the media as a personal bully pulpit, so for now, I'll refrain from namin...
The Forum: What Makes You Love What You Do? - 5/18/2004 9:37:22 AM
America was founded on the Puritan work ethic, which can be roughly defined as: If you like it, stop doing it immediately.It's this philosop...
Thought for the Day - 5/16/2004 8:26:43 PM
'If you're remarkable, it's likely that some people won't like you. That's part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous prais...
The Missing Ingredient in the Big-Company Model - 5/12/2004 3:17:42 PM
As far as creative work goes, you would think heading a major television network would rank near the top. So I did a psychic double-take yes...
The Forum: What Do You Think You Do Best? - 5/10/2004 8:00:56 PM
That was a question posed to me by two prospective investors in Worthwhile magazine. I was prepared for a lot of questions, but that wasn't ...
Unnaturally White Teeth - 5/6/2004 8:34:02 PM
How many people do you know have them?They're the latest rage and easy to create with an at-home bleaching kit. They give a whole new meanin...
Changing the World: Women Hold the Key - 5/5/2004 2:32:15 PM
Consider how the world is likely to look in 2025:* The world population will reach 7.8 billion from 6.3 billion today;* Most of the growth w...
The Forum: Finding Your Voice and Calling - 5/3/2004 11:45:26 PM
If you ever took Latin, you know that voice and vocation share the same root. Your voice -- or who you are at your essence -- sometimes scre...
The Forum: Thought for the Day - 5/3/2004 10:54:15 AM
'. . .expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time. . .If you have the right people on the bus, they will be self-m...
Gotta Love the Google Guys - 4/30/2004 11:07:10 AM
That faint humming/whirring noise we're all hearing in the distance is the sound of Wall Street spinning.By now, most investment bankers hav...
My French Experiment - 4/30/2004 8:53:26 AM
Remember the French Paradox?In trying to explain why the French lived so long with few heart problems -- despite a daily diet rich in butter...
Thursday's Thought for the Day - 4/29/2004 1:04:41 PM
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. -- Pablo PicassoPhoto credit: AP
SAVING THE WORLD, ONE LONG-LUNCH AT A TIME - 4/27/2004 2:32:20 PM
One of our readers, Rick Gove, posted a comment I want to highlight, because he's right: 'I guess it's OK to do good (and well) and be stuff...
SETH'S 7 RULES OF BUSINESS - 4/27/2004 9:41:12 AM
When I watch Seth Goldman in action, I see an example of what I hope is the future of business. Goldman, president and 'TEO' of Honest Tea, ...
THE "NUMBERED TICKET" - 4/26/2004 2:49:35 PM
As we explore new ways of working with more passion and purpose, I offer up a thought for the day:Every action taken, from the moment we swi...
NOT YOUR FATHER'S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT - 4/22/2004 12:40:45 PM
It's Earth Day and, so far, it doesn't look much like the heyday of Greenpeace.One vignette: Jean-Michel Cousteau, who is carrying on his da...
WHAT MAKES A COMPANY GOOD? - 4/21/2004 5:44:35 PM
It's probably fair to say that when it comes to social responsibility, there is no such thing as a perfect company. One company may do right...
A DIFFERENT OUTSOURCING STORY - 4/20/2004 3:35:06 PM
I had a thought-provoking lunch yesterday with my friend Cathy Massey, chairman and cofounder of LawDocsXpress, which supplies virtual secre...
A MARKET WAITING FOR A BUSINESS - 4/19/2004 3:39:58 PM
Somewhere out there, there is a revolutionary thinker on the cusp of changing the world and making a fortune. In insurance. Halley Suitt and...
ALICE WATERS IS RIGHT - 4/13/2004 5:26:46 PM
After seeing another news story lamenting childhood obesity, my 11-year-old son said, 'Well, that's easy to figure out. What do kids do? We ...
Is This Healthy? - 4/9/2004 10:11:17 AM
I just heard from another friend who is being held hostage by work she hates because of the health benefits. She longs to go out of her own ...
The Meaning of Business - 4/6/2004 3:30:02 PM
For many people around the Southeast and beyond, Mark Kaiser is the go-to guy. He has run companies ranging from $40 million to $1 billion, ...
Beyond Britney and Justin - 4/5/2004 10:27:39 AM
While I was having coffee last week with the former head of one of the world's largest consumer products companies, he remarked that few of ...
The Birth of Worthwhile - 4/5/2004 5:55:26 AM
My passion is magazines. I've loved them since I was seven or eight, when I would spend hours poring over stacks of old Life and Look maga...
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