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Kevin Salwen

Kevin Salwen is co-founding editor of Worthwhile, a new national magazine for readers who seek to make a difference while making a living. Before he and business partner Anita Sharpe started the company that created Worthwhile, Salwen had an 18-year career at The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently national small-business editor, managing the newspaper's coverage of entrepreneurship and family business. Prior to taking on the small-business editorship at the WSJ, Salwen launched two publications, covered two presidential administrations and wrote two different columns. Among his favorite stories were: a trip on a NASA experimental plane called the Vomit Comet and a profile of a boss so hostile to his workers he once ran over an employee with a forklift. In addition, Salwen appeared each week on CNBC's "Power Lunch" as an expert on small-business issues.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Salwen is a member of the boards of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, and manages a Little League baseball team. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Joan, who teaches English at the Atlanta Girls School, along with two great kids and two slobbery dogs.


Finding an Inner Peace - 9/5/2006 4:20:00 PM
Dave Dobson, the director of Philadelphia-based Food for Life, is one of those people you wish you could meet more often. He has a certain i...
What Is Socially Responsible Enough? - 9/1/2006 3:00:00 PM
Social responsibility is a bit like Justice Potter Stewart's old definition of pornography: "I know it when I see it." For companies, that v...
The Perfect Office - 8/30/2006 9:10:00 AM
Offices aren't just places to work, of course. They are expressions of who we are, what we believe. In the dotcom boom, the Foosball tab...
When the World Seems Off-Kilter - 8/24/2006 10:05:00 PM
I spent some time in the car today listening to the radio -- and ended up reminded how bizarre the world could be some days. One minute, I...
Sources of Inspiration - 8/24/2006 8:40:00 AM
Let's face it, some days are just plain tough. Try as you might they just don't seem to improve as they go along -- or worse yet, just deter...
A Food Company That Means More Than Food - 8/23/2006 9:20:00 AM
For so many entrepreneurs, the crowning event of building a business is selling it. For Gary Erickson, who built Clif Bar as an amazing comp...
Can Anyone Help? - 8/22/2006 9:50:00 AM
I'm nearing the end of my rope over a tech problem here on our blog. Maybe you can help. Spam -- often from purveyors of truly sick stuff --...
Promotion of the Day -- and Its Backlash - 8/18/2006 2:50:00 PM
This month McDonald's is giving away toy Hummers — 42 million of them, in eight models and colors — with every Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Mea...
The Customer Is Always Last - 8/17/2006 9:30:00 AM
Yesterday, I offered up a thought or two about how customer-centric companies regularly rise to the top, as evidenced by Toyota's tinkerin...
How the Best Companies Stay on Top... - 8/16/2006 10:50:00 AM
If you want an education in how to run a major company in the new millenium, you could do worse than watching Apple and Toyota.  We've writt...
A Struggling Industry -- Museums - 8/11/2006 2:00:00 PM
Been to a museum lately?  If so, you might be the exception. Indeed, word from the museum world isn't pretty: Gas prices, rising costs and f...
3 Must-Reads - 8/9/2006 10:30:00 AM
Today's must reads are a mixed bunch, spanning the Middle East, Midwest and, well, babies.First, there is the amazing, continued goofiness o...
In Praise of Paper (Who Knows Why?) - 8/4/2006 9:07:00 AM
I am a Palm Pilot user and have been for years. It's not that I love gadgets (I would put myself only about a 4 on a 1-10 scale for technolo...
So You Want to Write a Book... - 8/3/2006 9:45:00 AM
Who doesn't?  Fess up: you're smart, generous with advice, not a bad writer -- you know you wanna write one.  And who am I to discourage you...
An Ideal Bit of Bite - 8/1/2006 3:14:00 PM
If you're a regular to this site or to Worthwhile magazine, you know we are not into scolding. We don't browbeat companies into behaving bet...
Summertime - 7/26/2006 12:12:00 PM
It's been an event-packed summer at our house, capped last week by (if I can boast a bit) my son's team winning the Georgia State Little Lea...
A Bad Day at Work - 7/25/2006 2:20:00 PM
Everyone has one of those supersour days at work sometime -- even if it's a career or job they love. And in recent weeks, it seems the remed...
The Job Test - 7/19/2006 4:50:00 PM
I'm not a big believer in age as a significant factor in careers, so I was torn a short time ago during a cab ride in Detroit. As I rode fro...
Why I'm Optimistic - 7/15/2006 8:15:00 AM
In the world today, it's fairly easy to be a pessimist; after all, there is no shortage of war, disease, poverty and problems. But here at W...
A Darn Good Roadmap - 7/11/2006 3:02:00 PM
If there is a single question that Anita and I are asked most, it's probably this: "Where do I begin?" The query centers on either a persona...
Obsessed Personalities of the World Unite! - 7/11/2006 8:05:00 AM
I'm as much of a coffee-lover as the next guy -- I relish that aroma and the first sip in the morning. But John "Winter" Smith has me (and I...
Going Out on Bottom - 7/10/2006 12:24:00 PM
I'm not much of a soccer fan, but you don't need to be to marvel at yesterday's final game -- specifically the complete mental collapse of F...
The Role of Companies, Circa 2006 - 6/29/2006 5:48:00 PM
Companies are no longer just places to work.   That might be the most obvious thing I've written in years. But I wrote it that simply...
When Health, Life and Career Collide - 6/28/2006 4:00:00 PM
Sometimes life throws you some serious curves. Janet Auty-Carlisle, whose name many of you may already recognize from this site, was buildin...
When Creative People All Have the Same Idea - 6/27/2006 11:22:00 AM
Sometimes headline writers are some of the most creative people around. I remember once at the Wall Street Journal, we wrote a piece about a...
Who Hasn't Worked for One of These? - 6/26/2006 2:39:00 PM
As much as we focus on the organizations where we work and the companywide values, in reality the most-proximate factor of whether we connec...
The Slow Food Movement Has a Long Way to Go - 6/23/2006 10:20:00 AM
If this story in USA Today is a barometer of where our culinary tastes are headed, we are in deep trouble. I mean deep trouble. Krispy Kreme...
The Pay Debate Continues... - 6/21/2006 9:28:00 AM
The conversation over executive pay continues to befuddle. The latest ammo: a new survey by consulting firm Watson Wyatt in which director...
Selling What You Do Well - 6/20/2006 9:00:00 AM
So many times in our careers -- or dare I say our lives -- we try to fit into others' expectations of us. We head for colleges that can be t...
The Lure to Switch - 6/14/2006 9:01:00 AM
What would it take to get you to abandon your iPod for another mp3 player? If you're like me -- owner of one of the first generation iPods -...
Inspiration - 6/13/2006 11:40:00 AM
We love to be inspired -- and Gary Hirshberg does it for us. Just listen to how he describes building his yogurt company, Stonyfield Farms: ...
Options, Irrational Pay and Backdating, Oh My... - 6/12/2006 3:10:00 PM
Just how far will we let the executive pay craziness become? Here in annual meeting season, there has been plenty of outcry about the irrati...
Feeling (and Living) Your Greatness - 6/9/2006 2:30:00 PM
Worthwhile friend Kim George is up to something fun (as usual). She's got a one-day blitz going on Amazon.com on Tuesday for people to snap ...
Taking Chances, Literary Style - 6/9/2006 9:45:00 AM
Who said summer reading needs to be the latest potboiler of an angst-ridden cop who returns to his hometown and stumbles across a grizzly mu...
Catering to the Love of the Zealots or the Middlebrow of the Masses - 6/8/2006 10:25:00 AM
Seth Godin writes this morning about what we can Learn from the Primaries, in this case, the New York primary for governor.  His point -- ...
Does This Surprise You? - 6/7/2006 12:03:00 PM
Get me Myers-Briggs. I read this piece in USA Today this morning about CEOs often being introverts and set my mind whirring. Would I expec...
Curt Speaks: Now, Go Work With Your Soul... - 6/7/2006 7:00:00 AM
In the several years we've been doing Worthwhile, one of the major bright lights has been Curt Rosengren, our Passion Catalyst from Seattle....
Today's Job Hunting Special Report - 6/5/2006 9:20:00 AM
Looking for just the right job? Found the hot lead? Now, get ready for the interview. Um, and don't say the following... The folks at Offic...
Inspiring Disloyalty - 6/2/2006 9:00:00 AM
Vonage, the Internet telephone company, once had rosey prospects and many loyal fans. So, it offered those fans the chance to cash in on tho...
Feed Face, Check Out Self - 6/2/2006 7:27:00 AM
Sometimes amazing combinations come to you and it's just a question of connecting the dots. So, when I read about Hardee's new meat on meat,...
What Should She Do? - 6/1/2006 4:25:00 PM
This morning, an hour after middle school start time, my wife and I were having breakfast near our house. My wife didn't have to teach until...
Finding Your Soul on Late Night TV - 5/31/2006 11:30:00 AM
Sometimes the impetus for life change comes from odd places -- and even the dead hours on the boob tube (as my dad used to call TV) can be a...
It's Summer, Get to Work - 5/30/2006 10:50:00 AM
It's unofficially summer and one of my favorite weekend pastimes is to ask friends about their summer jobs. Those are such remarkable opport...
Enron: It's a Wrap (or is that Warp?) - 5/26/2006 9:20:00 AM
Barring a successful appeal, Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are headed to jail for a long time for their role in defrauding investors in the E...
Lies and Business: Guy Sets the Table - 5/24/2006 12:28:00 PM
VC and blogger Guy Kawasaki offers a fun read called The Top Ten Lies of Guy Kawasaki. In it, he lists things like: "I already have a meetin...
Life Lessons From H.S. - 5/23/2006 8:30:00 AM
A friend in Dallas wrote to me last night to tell of her son's big-time disappointment. "And from my personal files," she wrote, "my high sc...
Adult ADD's Coming-Out Party - 5/22/2006 1:00:00 PM
We live in interesting times, pharmaceutically-speaking. These days, if the drug companies can identify it, then peddle something to "cure" ...
Food Fight! - 5/19/2006 11:16:16 AM
Get ready for the firestorm over the movie Fast Food Nation, which premieres this week at Cannes and will soon be coming to a theater near y...
The Name Game - 5/18/2006 8:43:29 AM
Some of my favorite journalism revolves around ferreting out social trends.  Jennifer 8. Lee's piece in this morning's New York Times offers...
Selling the Apple Lifestyle - 5/17/2006 1:00:32 PM
First there were the Gateway Computer stores -- the cow-tinged retail establishments that took off, burned up the company's capital, and clo...
Invest Wisely, My Son... - 5/15/2006 2:53:50 PM
Hindsight is a beautiful thing -- and a tricky one, too. I look at Starbucks Coffee and think: "What a darn simple concept. I could have don...
New Leadership - 5/12/2006 10:11:56 AM
Rebecca Ryan is one of the brighter people we know around here -- and she does a great job identifying what the 20- and 30-something generat...
Community Matters - 5/11/2006 4:41:46 PM
The Dunkin' Donuts downstairs closed this week. That might not seem like a big deal -- and on its face it's not. After all, there are plenty...
How Does This Happen in 2006? - 5/11/2006 9:20:17 AM
Buried inside my local paper ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution) today was a remarkable little item: A publicly traded energy company, Mirant, ...
Working Small (Frustration Dept) - 5/9/2006 1:15:23 PM
Like so many of you out there, I'm a refugee from a large company. (In my case it was Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.) ...
Cool Workspaces - 5/7/2006 9:39:24 PM
Scott Ehrlich was a consultant unable to continue working from his home, so he hunted for an office that would be, shall we say, just a litt...
News From the World of Wealth - 5/4/2006 10:37:02 PM
I couldn't resist the confluence of today's collection of stories on some of the world's wealthiest individuals. The day started with the pl...
The Dilbert in all of us - 5/3/2006 10:54:42 PM
When Scott Adams was working for Pacific Bell in the 1980s, he dreamed of a career filled with creativity. So he began drawing "Dilbert" as ...
Fair Pay for Fair Work - 5/3/2006 8:53:16 AM
How much is it worth to you to assure that the people who make your clothes, fix up your yard or grow your coffee beans are being treated de...
The Meaning of Work - 5/2/2006 3:04:39 PM
Today's Wall Street Journal has an epiphany: People (in the case of this WSJ piece, lawyers) are no longer hot and heavy on rising the corpo...
Do You Belong? - 4/28/2006 10:15:05 AM
A friend and I were talking the other day about whether a Little League teammate of my son's would make the All-Star team. He acknowledged...
The Jobs, They Are a-Changin' - 4/25/2006 12:46:47 PM
To the list of jobs that are changing, add this one: paper boy. As recently as a decade ago, more than half the newspaper deliverers in the ...
Good News for Hybrid Cars - 4/25/2006 10:56:40 AM
Two slabs of upbeat news for the alternative-fuel world -- and just in time for three-buck-a-gallon gas. A new survey by Harris Interactive ...
Today's Blood Boiling Battle - 4/24/2006 11:38:18 PM
Need some mindless lawmaking to get your dander up? Read the piece from the New York Times about the polluting home accessory -- the lawn ...
It's Earth Day -- Do You Care? - 4/21/2006 5:16:01 PM
So another Earth Day comes, Saturday, April 22. And we nod at the importance of the environment, and then make few, if any changes in our co...
Can You Make Money Writing This Stuff? - 4/19/2006 4:14:59 PM
Since we're all bloggers these days -- heck, even my mother knows what they are now -- I thought it was worthwhile sharing a very interestin...
What's With These People? - 4/18/2006 1:29:37 PM
What is it about email that makes people do the things they do? People who are acquaintances (not close friends) or the parents of my kids' ...
Nonprofit Ideas for Success - 4/18/2006 11:00:55 AM
Nonprofits need to act more like for-profits to be more effective, a new Accenture study shows. That's not hot news in its own right: anyone...
Zen and the Art of the Paperclip - 4/16/2006 11:18:01 PM
It's often said that the story of the American Dream is hard work and good luck. For Kyle MacDonald, it's about a truly wacky idea, some goo...
Loving Your Work -- But Not 365 - 4/14/2006 11:21:56 AM
Maybe the Michael Eisner "I'll never take a vacation" model is falling out of favor in the wake of the former Disney CEO's forced resignatio...
Wealth Brings .... (not Technology) - 4/12/2006 11:14:17 AM
New data from an international group brings us this fairly remarkable bit of info: The U.S. has fallen to 12th among industrialized nations ...
When the Boss Changes the Rules - 4/11/2006 4:00:05 PM
For today's glimpse into the Change Comes Slowly Department, we journey to Minneapolis, where the Star-Tribune tried to prod its employees i...
A Win for Authors - 4/7/2006 10:05:34 AM
The judge in the Da Vinci Code case in London just ruled that Random House did not plagiarize the nonfiction The Holy Blood and the Holy Gra...
Good Bosses - 4/6/2006 3:05:22 PM
A friend and I were talking yesterday about a fave topic of mine: the worst boss you've ever had.  She told about a screamer, an abusive man...
Divorce! Forgery! And Norman Rockwell? - 4/6/2006 9:56:40 AM
We all know how contentious some divorces can be -- and the feuds over money can be legendary. Add to the mix the piece in today's New Yor...
Shouting the Message - 4/5/2006 1:45:27 PM
Hybrid car owners can be an arrogant bunch -- I know because I am one. And at lunch today with my friend and new hybrid owner Tina, we were ...
Welcome to the New Site - 4/4/2006 5:57:52 PM
When we created Worthwhilemag.com in Spring 2004, candidly it was something of an afterthought -- our soon-to-be-launched print magazine was...
How Much Would You Pay? - 4/4/2006 3:05:57 PM
Directory assistance comes at a steep price these days. According to a piece in USA Today, finding out someone's phone number no longer sets...
Calling All Nerds - 4/3/2006 12:43:06 PM
Our Worthwhile friend, David Taylor-Klaus, offers up an interesting slab of minutiae: On Wednesday of this coming week at two minutes and ...
Celebmania - 4/1/2006 12:36:45 PM
Has America's obsession with celebs peaked? Kurt Andersen, writing in this week's New York magazine, contends that it may have: "For years...
When Naming Rights Hit Home - 3/31/2006 1:25:53 PM
On a sunny May day some years ago, I met my to-be wife in the right field bleachers of Wrigley Field. No kidding. We were both Northwestern ...
Spring Break - 3/29/2006 11:28:29 AM
Anyone can do the Florida beach 'Girls Gone Wild' thing. Or hit the slopes in Colorado or Tahoe. But for a truly unique spring break, Skyler...
We Needed a Break - 3/28/2006 3:00:04 PM
Here at the scenic 17th-floor headquarters of Worthwhile, we needed a break this afternoon, so we opened up the debate: Name the single funn...
A New White Hat? - 3/24/2006 3:01:01 PM
Well, lookee here. Guess who's coming in big into the organic-foods party: Everyone's favorite corporate whipping boy, Wal-Mart. 'Putting ne...
Jungle Story - 3/23/2006 11:11:07 AM
We've all read plenty about people being screwed out of intellectual property rights and about musicians in particular signing away their ri...
Power Bogarters - 3/22/2006 11:31:15 AM
This morning I decided to work outside my home (which was being cleaned) and the Worthwhile office (where the distractions make it hard to w...
Another One Bites the Dust - 3/21/2006 1:34:00 PM
Tom's of Maine today joined the list of companies that started with a social mission and now will try to continue that mission in the arms o...
F%$# That! - 3/21/2006 10:38:33 AM
Nice piece in this morning's Wall Street Journal about the use of profanity in the workplace, including a section in the piece about culture...
Do We Have an Obligation? - 3/19/2006 9:39:18 PM
The New York Times Sunday featured a classic conundrum for many communities: The role of small businesses as a neighborhood gentrifies. Unde...
Larry, Please Go - 3/15/2006 4:32:33 PM
In TVLand, when the host is weak and the ratings are slipping, it's a bad combination. CNN is finding itself in that very box these days wit...
Organic Goes Bulk - 3/14/2006 8:13:48 AM
Since I've just returned from a trip, I needed stuff, and lots of it. So, I headed for Costco on Sunday, ready to stock up on the basics. In...
Nostalgia, New York Style - 3/13/2006 4:42:47 PM
For those of a certain age (I love that euphemism for old folks like me), Chock Full O' Nuts was a great New York City destination. I didn't...
Tanned, Rested and Ready - 3/13/2006 8:59:12 AM
OK, maybe not tanned, but certainly rested -- I love the refreshing nature of the right vacation. And, for me, the right vacation for comple...
Going to Bali - 3/3/2006 11:06:08 AM
In this world of conference after conference, it's great to see something that is truly different: An early May event in Bali called the Que...
Today's Scary Stats - 3/2/2006 11:55:24 AM
Want to impress the American public? Go for Marge or Homer. Those are apparently the conclusions to be drawn from a new survey by the McCor...
The Best Idea Since the Shuttlebus - 3/1/2006 1:19:45 PM
Has anyone else noticed that traveling might be easier now than pre-Sept 11, 2001? Sure, the security checkpoint is still a pain to navigate...
Calling All Masochistic Freelancers - 3/1/2006 12:55:47 PM
Want to be in the content creation business? Lee Gomes at the Wall Street Journal tried it and offers this cautionary tale.Freelancing has n...
Trial of the Century! - 2/28/2006 3:18:48 PM
It may not be the O.J. trial but the Da Vinci Code case that opened yesterday in London might have almost as much brand cache. In it, the au...
Catching Up - 2/28/2006 9:22:36 AM
We've been pushing hard here at Worthwhile to lock up the April issue of the magazine, which we're sending to the printer today. So, I have...
You Can Snicker a Little - 2/24/2006 3:26:33 PM
Not that we're going to revel in anyone's stumbles, but this one does have a certain irony to it.
AIM Moves Bigger - 2/21/2006 1:01:15 PM
Are you an IM user at work? I've always thought it was the easiest form of communication, especially among people in different cities or lo...
Email Blunders - 2/21/2006 11:46:23 AM
Smart piece by Jared Sandberg in today's Wall Street Journal on email gaffes. It's not the standard 'don't make them,' but what happens whe...
Those Who Can't Do... Aren't - 2/20/2006 3:32:30 PM
Want a job in business? Teach business. Apparently, there just ain't enough business-school faculty to go around these days. One reason: Bu...
A Lesson of Bald Eagles - 2/19/2006 9:47:30 AM
Perspective is everything, and it's interesting to learn how one person's 'endangered' can be another person's nuisance. This week, the U.S....
Apple, Take Cover - 2/17/2006 4:12:11 PM
We Mac users have long had an air of superiority. Our system is easier to use. Our product doesn't crash. The interfaces are simpler. The mu...
How's This for Nerveracking? - 2/15/2006 4:16:03 PM
Think you get nervous speaking in public? How about what Ben Bernanke had to go through today: Presenting to Congress for the first time as...
The Cheney Shooting - 2/14/2006 2:43:35 PM
Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a Texas lawyer during a hunting trip last weekend isn't exactly funny stuff -- at least not for the sho...
Happy Valentine's Day - 2/14/2006 2:22:00 PM
What's your fave love song? Since V-Day is now one of the Big Three Commercial Holidays, thanks to John and Paul for this one:Can't buy me ...
Wondering... - 2/13/2006 11:47:46 AM
Do you use LinkedIn? I have been asked to join several groups on the social network, and did indeed sign on to one. But there wasn't much ...
Would You Leave Google? - 2/10/2006 11:54:56 AM
How much would they need to pay you to stop using Google? It sounds like an academic question, but Yahoo Mail users are being asked just tha...
Welcome Techies of the World - 2/9/2006 11:53:11 AM
Forbes.com has an eye-opening piece this morning in which a cluster of CEOs lament the state of American science and math education. From Ac...
The Debate Over Climate, Evangelical-Style - 2/8/2006 10:27:59 AM
There's some interesting movement going on in the evangelical Christian community: Many are now stepping up to speak out on the environment....
iTunes: The Little Engine that Could - 2/7/2006 2:05:26 PM
Anytime someone says Apple's iTunes won't be able to break into a market or keep growing or compete against upstarts, here's my advice: just...
Super Ads - 2/6/2006 10:51:20 AM
Well, I must admit, it was a surprising year for Super Bowl ad watchers like me. Dove rolls out a girls' empowerment campaign. The only real...
From the Over-the-Top Dept - 2/3/2006 10:36:15 AM
OK, now we've taken this communication thing too too far. First, cell phones put us in reach by phone anywhere, any time. Photo phones bring...
Sign of the Times - 2/3/2006 9:04:30 AM
If the Super Bowl is the single largest marketing event, it tells us something about our culture to hear what those marketers want to say. I...
Enron, a Smart Take - 2/1/2006 6:48:15 PM
As the Ken Lay trial once again places the business world's focus on values, it's worth stepping back for a broader view. I love the piece ...
So Long, Carol - 1/31/2006 8:58:30 PM
The dean of workplace writers, Carol Kleiman, is hanging up keyboard, having written her final column for the Chicago Tribune. Of all the p...
The Messenger's Role - 1/30/2006 10:56:59 AM
There are so many fascinating ethical issues floating around these days. The Ken Lay trial is starting. James Frey is confessing. Lies, litt...
Taking on the Big Kahuna - 1/30/2006 9:16:06 AM
First, Bill and Hillary Clinton failed in their effort to bring a rational structure to health care. Now up: George W. Bush, who in his Sta...
Super Silliness - 1/27/2006 12:31:16 PM
I love these companies -- Whole Foods, Newman's Own, etc. -- but the thought of 'healthier' Super Bowl snacks is just, well, unAmerican. Sal...
Nonfiction as Truth - 1/26/2006 12:44:11 PM
When is a memoir really a memoir? Obviously -- and to her credit -- Oprah Winfrey has changed her perspective on James Frey's fictional pie...
Winner: The About-Time Award - 1/26/2006 10:14:21 AM
Do printer cartridges drive you crazy too? They're expensive. They're wasteful. Printer companies have tried a series of strategies over the...
Inside the World of Buzz - 1/19/2006 1:58:03 PM
Would you buy a product that you heard about through buzz marketing -- if you knew the person telling you about it was being paid? A study p...
Cool Work - 1/19/2006 12:14:52 PM
This guy might have the best job in America. He's been called 'the voice of heaven.' Who is he? Jack O'Connell, the secretary-treasurer of t...
MBAs Are Hot - 1/19/2006 10:50:25 AM
Once again, MBAs have become the degree of choice -- for employers, that is. A piece in USA Today notes that 'salaries and signing bonuses o...
Making Money Going Green - 1/18/2006 2:42:02 PM
Tom Friedman has a great column in today's New York Times. In it, he extols Texas Instruments for going back to its designers and demanding...
What's Making Me Nervous - 1/18/2006 11:18:30 AM
In this increasingly global economy, I get worried when major shocks hit major partners. If you're not paying attention to the Tokyo Stock E...
Hey Look Here - 1/18/2006 10:50:08 AM
What ads get your attention online? Probably not what you think. A new study of online advertising by behavioral marketing firm Tacoda shows...
Executive Pay and Perks - 1/17/2006 1:47:43 PM
The SEC voted today to force companies to begin disclosing more about executive pay. Perks will get more daylight, with the disclosure level...
Tonite's TV Alert - 1/17/2006 1:15:17 PM
Some jobs are horribly filthy. That's the premise of the Tuesday night Discovery Channel show hosted by Mike Rowe called 'Dirty Jobs;' it's ...
You Optimistic? They're Not (Sort of) - 1/12/2006 3:15:59 PM
A new survey by accounting firm Grant Thornton offers us some surprising pessimism from business leaders -- but a ray of hope, as well. The ...
How Much Anonymity? - 1/12/2006 1:57:13 PM
Very interesting piece here at Wired about anonymity on the Web. Bruce Schneier's piece focuses on how much name/address/other info you shou...
Spitball - 1/11/2006 3:46:32 PM
If you're a baseball fan, you know that yesterday Bruce Sutter became only the 4th relief pitcher to make it into the Hall of Fame. He deser...
Puffing and Tripping - 1/11/2006 12:05:35 PM
There's an interesting pair of events that helped shape culture on this day in history, January 11.In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terr...
Why Whole Foods Is a Winner - 1/11/2006 10:35:53 AM
Great companies don't stand still, and Whole Foods is showing that. The company has just announced that it will rely on wind energy for all ...
Here Come the Alternatives - 1/10/2006 3:01:33 PM
While Toyota and Honda are pushing harder into hybrids, Ford and GM are now moving aggressively into alternative gasolines, namely ethanol. ...
Inside a Creative Mind - 1/9/2006 10:41:19 PM
Jim Borgman has been drawing political cartoons for the Cincinnati Inquirer for decades. His (fairly new) blog is fun because it shows how ...
Ladies and Germs - 1/9/2006 10:19:20 PM
Jokes should open speeches. I don't have many cardinal rules in life, but that's one of them -- making the audience laugh or smile puts them...
The Latest Sign of the Apocalypse - 1/5/2006 5:36:38 PM
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will give Howard Stern 34 million shares of stock 'worth about $220 million at today's prices' because the compa...
Better Than the Movies - 1/5/2006 4:17:24 PM
Finally, I can get excited about the Oscars: Jon Stewart is going to be hosting the traditional snoozefest this year. Now I know that I will...
Punishing the Unhearing - 1/2/2006 11:38:09 AM
Companies can be tone-deaf. Sometimes it's painful to watch, as in Exxon's stunning reaction to the Valdez a few decades back or Wal-Mart's ...
Multitasking Moment of the Week - 12/23/2005 12:09:43 PM
We've written on this site before about the apparently growing situation of bringing your cellphone into a public bathroom, subjecting whoev...
The New Definition of Sports Hero? - 12/22/2005 2:32:36 PM
In a rare moment of honesty and honor in the sports-doping world, East German swimming champion Petra Schneider is asking for her records to...
Blush - 12/22/2005 1:17:08 PM
Got a fun news release the other day in which a staffing company in California, OfficeTeam, polled senior executives at U.S.'s largest compa...
Calling All Smart Women - 12/21/2005 11:21:03 AM
I have been a fan of Nancy Solomon's work since I met her more than a year ago. A coach and speaker, Nancy understands women and leadership ...
Speaking of Rants... - 12/19/2005 2:48:05 PM
Coley's comment about music on my last post reminded me of one more question I needed to ask: What is the worst Christmas song played on the...
Rants R Us - 12/19/2005 10:54:25 AM
The season of excess is fully upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to hear repeatedly the same stories. So, in a curmudgeonly vain th...
RSVP - 12/14/2005 10:33:04 PM
My wife and I threw a holiday party at our house last weekend. The party itself was fine -- people ate, drank and seemed to have a good time...
Misery Loves Company, and Vice Versa - 12/14/2005 4:24:29 PM
What better lead-in to the holidays than a great story about misery??? In that vein, Worthwhile friend Grant Henninger fired us a note the o...
The Past and Future of Media - 12/12/2005 1:00:12 PM
This is a fascinating time to be in the media business -- or a consumer of it. Google is planning to get into the classified ad world, newsp...
Today's Duh!!! Moment - 12/9/2005 11:59:38 AM
Hold the phone! The New York Times reports on its business front today that -- are you ready for this -- 'New Surveys Show That Big Busines...
On Purpose and Advertising - 12/8/2005 2:11:19 PM
Our friends over at Gallup have a great interview with adman Roy Spence, a founder of mega-agency GSD&M in their December issue of the G...
Puffing Takes Another Beating - 12/7/2005 11:13:23 AM
I grew up in a house of smokers. My father had a 3 1/2-pack a day habit; my mother was a night-time, relax-before-bed puffer. That was a lon...
Hollywood's Fade - 12/6/2005 3:11:35 PM
Tinseltown has had a brutal year in 2005. Box office receipts have been steadily declining all year, down 6% overall; and it's a rare week i...
What Took So Long? - 12/5/2005 2:44:40 PM
A news release came across my desk this afternoon and since my first reaction was 'Wow, about time!', I thought I'd share it. It's for the ...
Trade Season, Corporate-Style - 12/5/2005 12:48:02 PM
For baseball fanatics (like me), today marks one of the more enjoyable weeks of the year -- the the baseball winter meetings. Forget the rul...
An American Business Tale, Warts and All - 12/2/2005 12:32:12 PM
There's a remarkable story about business in today's New York Times, so remarkable that it's almost worth going through line by line. But I ...
Our New Partner, the WSJ - 12/1/2005 1:05:49 PM
We're excited to announce today a new deal with Dow Jones, in which we're now partnering with The Wall Street Journal Online Network, the se...
I Shop Therefore I Am - 11/28/2005 8:54:08 AM
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, I ate a 9 a.m. breakfast at a hotel with my family. That might have been my first mistake: I wasn't shoppi...
Thanksgiving - 11/23/2005 10:23:36 AM
I love Thanksgiving. For me, it has always represented a time to get together with family (yes, I know that has its moments) and friends. Th...
A Bloody Good Idea - 11/22/2005 6:29:03 PM
I love causes -- and I love the reasons why people take them up. So, when Sam Parker, who runs the sales and marketing site justsell.com, s...
Are Newspapers Obsolete? (Part 2) - 11/18/2005 10:51:50 AM
Earlier this week, Anita asked a good question: Are Newspapers Obsolete? It triggered several very interesting comments on readership and de...
When Your Star Turns to Supernova - 11/17/2005 11:47:33 AM
OK, all you management kibbitzers, what do you do now? You're Len Downie, big boss at the Washington Post. You learn that your superstar inv...
The Fuse Shortens - 11/8/2005 1:10:16 PM
This story came across my screen today, and somehow I wasn't surprised: NEW YORK -- 2005 is the biggest year ever for chief executives leavi...
Biz Titles for the Ages - 11/6/2005 11:18:35 PM
An English teacher friend suggested today that literature ages well, while business books don't. 'We're still reading the great novels,' she...
Lightning in a Bottle - 11/4/2005 9:16:40 AM
A remarkable thing is happening this week: For the first time in nearly 3 years, 'The DaVinci Code' will not be in the top 15 on the New Yo...
Customer Service, Medical-Style - 11/4/2005 9:05:15 AM
I quit my doctor this week. It's not that I don't like him -- in fact, he's wonderful -- it's that I can't stand everything that surrounds ...
Intensity and Fun - 11/2/2005 4:40:33 PM
In a short profile in this month's issue of Best Life magazine, USC football coach Pete Carroll 'reveals his secret strategy for motivating ...
The Future of Worthwhile - 11/1/2005 12:12:09 PM
Where are we headed at Worthwhile? Martin Flaherty interviews Kevin Salwen about the next few months. This 10 minute chat is our first Podc...
Optimism - 10/28/2005 6:21:59 PM
A friend from Northwestern's Kellogg School read a letter from an MBA student there and was kind enough to pass it along. When you see what ...
Death of a Hero - 10/24/2005 11:03:29 PM
Rosa Parks died this evening at the age of 92. Her bold decision in 1955 to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white man, as was the law at...
The Toyota Edge (for the Time Being) - 10/24/2005 3:47:16 PM
Toyota has made a marvelous name for itself as being the most environmentally correct auto maker. Its Prius launched the modern-day hybrids ...
The Pay Game - 10/24/2005 1:30:00 PM
Could it be that there is finally a voice of reason in the world of executive pay? The former CEO of DuPont, Edgar Woolard Jr., has begun to...
Today's Honesty Award - 10/21/2005 4:53:04 PM
I got an email today that was A First: It was marked with a little down arrow in the priority column -- in other words, the sender self-desi...
Strip Tease - 10/21/2005 11:56:02 AM
Think you have problems explaining your behavior to the board or investors? Try having to rationalize the $241,000 charge on your Amex bill ...
Crisis du Jour - 10/19/2005 9:05:52 PM
My wallet was stolen yesterday. Oh, sure, I had something to do with it -- I left it on a counter, but the person who wound up with it didn'...
Covering Covers - 10/18/2005 2:35:29 PM
Not surprisingly, we love magazines around here. So, I thought the American Society of Newspaper Editors' collection of the 40 best magazin...
Welcome Back B+J - 10/17/2005 12:59:07 PM
One of the true originals of enlightened leadership, Ben & Jerry's, has been mighty quiet lately on the social responsibility front. Aft...
Where Are Newspapers Headed? - 10/14/2005 2:53:27 PM
The Wall Street Journal announced earlier this week that it was shrinking its page size to save money on paper and postage. That, coupled wi...
Google Does It Again - 10/12/2005 3:10:45 PM
Well, our fave offbeat New Age company, Google, has stepped into the charitable world in a big way, setting up Google.org with a $1 billion ...
Journalists We Know and Love (Celluloid Version) - 10/7/2005 4:17:54 PM
Fun piece on Court TV's website (did I just write that phrase?) about the most memorable journalists in film. Topping the list of 15 is (no ...
Employment Issue du Jour - 10/5/2005 5:28:49 PM
Once again the world of sports brings us one of the more interesting employment matters of our time: the role of an employer in keeping an e...
Making Your Work Count - 10/4/2005 1:22:52 PM
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have shown how remarkably generous individuals can be, as well as how connected many companies can be. We've po...
When Free Goes to Paid - 9/30/2005 11:20:59 AM
There's something about getting something for free that the spirit -- let alone the pocketbook -- learns to take for granted. Then getting p...
The Passion Economy - 9/28/2005 3:55:17 PM
I wrote something the other day for the newsletter of Vocation Vacations about how the world of work is changing. Figured you might like it...
How Do You Feel? - 9/27/2005 11:09:19 AM
Two reports released today offer little encouragement about the economy. In August, sales of new homes fell by the largest amount in nine m...
How Do I Get a Piece of This? - 9/26/2005 9:30:34 AM
Today's New York Times reports that more than 80 percent of the roughly $1.5 billion in contracts awarded by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina we...
Stop, Don't Push That Button - 9/25/2005 10:33:18 AM
What on Earth are folks thinking when they send emails? Clearly not about the recipient. A new survey by The Creative Group in Menlo Park, C...
Breast Cancer Thank-Yous - 9/22/2005 7:05:37 AM
We probably don't write enough about the specific good works companies do, but here's one worth talking about: Georgia-Pacific, through its ...
The Perp Walk Continues - 9/19/2005 2:43:01 PM
Congrats to Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco, who now joins Bernie Ebbers and John Rigas in the Chief Executive Hall of Shame. Kozlo...
In Praise of Direct Mail - 9/19/2005 12:14:43 PM
There's a reason it's called 'junk mail.' It wastes our time, it wastes our natural resources and it rarely brings anything interesting. But...
A Smudge on the White Hat - 9/15/2005 2:10:51 PM
Starbucks has long been one of my favorite companies -- an inspiration for the way it runs its business. It cares about the Earth, it cares ...
Old Joke, New Context - 9/14/2005 5:44:19 PM
When asked how he felt about Roe v Wade, George W. Bush replied, 'Frankly, I don't care how people get out of New Orleans, as long as they m...
Journalists as Advocates - 9/12/2005 11:46:31 PM
A fascinating byproduct of the disaster in New Orleans is the punditocracy's anointment of a new generation of TV news stars. The New York T...
Why Leadership Matters - 9/8/2005 10:36:23 PM
Apple, which is kicking everyone else's tail in the portable-music market, now is ready to pull its iPod Mini off the market. This is a shoc...
Who's Helping? - 9/6/2005 9:57:05 AM
The crisis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a terrific opportunity for companies to show they care. Here at Worthwhile, we'd love to know...
Wacky Headline of the Week - 9/2/2005 1:02:54 PM
Gotta love this headline from the Associated Press: 'Unemployment Rate Slumps to 4-Year Low.' The story goes on to explain that the rate has...
A No Whining Day - 8/31/2005 11:03:34 AM
A talk-show host this morning declared today a 'No Whining Day.' He's got a point: No matter what is going on in your life or work, it is al...
The Next Gen - 8/29/2005 12:36:12 PM
There's a nice piece on Worthwhile in today's issue of The Collegian, the daily newspaper for the University of California at Fresno. I abso...
Beep Beep - 8/26/2005 9:52:54 AM
I was driving with my friend Bob on a two-lane road the other day and I was jolted by a truly unexpected moment. In a 55 mph zone, we quickl...
Just Wondering - 8/25/2005 12:50:14 PM
Sometime soon, the Iraqi Parliament will approve a new constitution guiding how the country should be governed. Makes me wonder: 200 years f...
Where We Go From Here - 8/23/2005 3:31:36 PM
An NPR interview this week with the two 'fathers' of the Internet, Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf (it wasn't Al Gore after all??!!), gave us a ch...
Psst. Did You Hear.... - 8/18/2005 10:50:34 AM
Great piece on the role of gossip in The New York Times. The point, in brief, is that gossip actually serves a purpose in offices. Consider ...
Stop, Or I'll Call Your Mother - 8/17/2005 3:01:20 PM
If you're going to do a job, shouldn't you be good at it? Yes, even if it's bank robbery. Quite obviously, some people aren't cut out for th...
A Surprise Irritation - 8/15/2005 8:54:15 AM
It was -- in my mind and gauging by the reaction of those I told ahead of time -- to be the perfect opportunity for R+R. I was headed last w...
The Power of Many - 8/8/2005 10:34:11 AM
There's a new twist to charitable giving over at amazon.com. The company has selected 10 nonprofits and is urging Amazon visitors to donate ...
How May We Help? - 8/2/2005 12:02:39 AM
From the moment I drove up to the new Longhorn Steakhouse, I knew this was going to be an extraordinary experience. The valet met me with an...
When You Ask for Advice - 7/29/2005 1:37:21 PM
... The great news is you get it. Yesterday, I sent an email to a few gazillion friends and colleagues promoting my appearance on CNN. The r...
CNN Change - 7/28/2005 5:07:42 PM
Ah, the vaguaries of the news biz. My spot on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 will now be on Friday night after 7:30 Eastern instead of tonite. ...
Check Out Worthwhile on CNN - 7/28/2005 1:19:16 PM
I'll be on CNN tonite talking about Worthwhile and bringing passion into your work. It's 'Anderson Cooper 360', and I'll be on at around 40 ...
My Kind of Medical Advancement - 7/26/2005 12:54:25 PM
When I can start using chocolate to improve my health -- along with my long-time fave red wine -- now we're moving in a direction I like. C...
Re-flex - 7/25/2005 12:53:30 PM
What are we to read into this USA Today report that the number of employees with flexible work schedules is dropping? According to the Labor...
Whither the Union - 7/25/2005 12:02:30 PM
That great crumbling sound you hear is unionized America splitting apart; this week several major unions (including the massive service empl...
Great Summer Job of the Week - 7/21/2005 1:26:36 PM
You gotta admit, this one is a cool gig. A German company, Karcher, has been hired to clean the heads on Mount Rushmore this month. In this ...
When the Pace Gets Too Frantic - 7/20/2005 11:27:39 AM
I called an entrepreneurial friend yesterday to move a meeting we had and I noted that he sounded thoroughly and almost humorously stressed....
Today's Depressing News - 7/18/2005 9:22:35 AM
Why is it that just when we're on the verge of something that can truly make a difference, our values get misplaced? Take the case of hybrid...
Saturday Night Dinner Party Topic - 7/15/2005 6:19:18 PM
Everyone needs something new to talk about with their friends on weekends, right? I couldn't help but pass along the latest polling data fro...
Buddy, Can You Spare a Billion? - 7/14/2005 12:14:32 PM
I can't say I've paid much attention to prior news releases from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an organization focused on removing g...
An Eye for An Eye - 7/13/2005 2:16:57 PM
What's fraud worth? That's the question I keep coming back to in the case of Bernie Ebbers, the former WorldCom CEO, who was sentenced today...
Happy B-Day Amazon - 7/12/2005 9:54:43 AM
10 years ago this week, a little company with mega-ambitions launched on the Web with the hype of 'Earth's Biggest Bookstore.' Amazon sold h...
Who Says We Can't Be Snarky? - 7/8/2005 3:08:54 PM
We have been accused of being, well, too nice here at Worthwhile. With that spirit in mind, and with thanks to our friend Cynthia Gentry for...
What Do Kids Want Companies to Be? - 7/6/2005 11:48:34 AM
The most recent Yankelovich report coming across our desks contains plenty for companies to think about. First, the surveying specialist not...
Battling the Hype, Understating the Wonderful - 7/5/2005 9:26:20 AM
Summer movies are here, which has me thinking about hype. Hype is an odd consumer experience: We allow an organization to set an overly high...
When Work Is in the Public Eye - 7/1/2005 9:40:28 AM
At last Friday's taping of public radio's 'A Prairie Home Companion,' host Garrison Keillor spent much of the show trying to focus on his ta...
The Fading Experience - 6/28/2005 11:01:05 AM
There's an interesting change happening in the movie world: People aren't going. For the 18th-consecutive week -- a stretch of 4 months -- b...
What Was Your Best Year Ever? - 6/23/2005 10:14:17 AM
A friend in New York, Jan Liss, offered that question about jobs. Think about it, she challenged, was it related to something you developed,...
The Cost of Being Better - 6/20/2005 9:49:55 AM
This weekend, I headed to my local Toyota dealer to do my part for the world. I was ready to trade in our family wagon for a Toyota Highland...
Best and Worst Careers - 6/15/2005 10:20:21 AM
Careerjournal.com, the Wall Street Journal's online career site, recently posted a well-meaning piece: a listing of the best and worst jobs....
Surprising News From Where I Sit - 6/13/2005 11:52:02 AM
A new report guesstimates that 18 million Americans started or ran businesses last year, which would mean a 4 million decline from the year ...
I Got a Job: (Pick one) Hooray/Damn - 6/8/2005 1:02:38 PM
A survey of recent and soon-to-be college grads offers an interesting glimpse into the young workforce. First of all, they are fairly optimi...
I Scream, We All (Primal) Scream - 6/7/2005 12:40:08 PM
Sure, sure they're now part of the mega-conglomerate Unilever. But I still think there's much fun to be had at Ben & Jerry's. The latest...
Hitting the Road - 6/6/2005 6:04:55 PM
They may be the two most scary -- and yet satisfying -- words in the English language: 'I quit.' Now, it turns out, more of us are doing it....
Gentlemen, Start Your Shredders - 6/3/2005 2:32:53 PM
The conviction and death sentence of accounting firm Arthur Andersen probably has more interesting twists and turns than just about any of t...
Do Motives Matter? - 6/1/2005 7:44:04 AM
So, after 30 years, the secret is no longer closeted: 'Deep Throat,' the Woodward and Bernstein source for many of their stories during the ...
Email Holiday - 5/17/2005 11:35:06 AM
A new friend, Joe Astrachan, who runs the family business program at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta, wrote me the other day a...
Where are the women? - 5/13/2005 10:52:42 AM
Blogger Chris Nolan has a remarkable item on her site, showing that The Atlantic Monthly has not had a single major feature by a female writ...
Truth in (Avoiding) Advertising - 5/9/2005 4:41:21 PM
If you're like me, you've become resigned to sitting through ads at the beginning of your movie. First comes 'The Twenty,' a string of mildl...
Little White Lies, or Great Tales from the Marketing Front - 5/5/2005 7:01:02 PM
This year, the Anaheim Angels moved 25 miles, to Los Angeles. At least they did so in name. For non-baseball fans, what really happened is t...
Renaissance People - 5/3/2005 12:10:46 PM
I always thought Jim Lehrer from the PBS Newshour was in the 'smart but stodgy' category. Not exactly the kind of guy I wanted to 'hang' wit...
The Evidence - 5/1/2005 11:59:09 AM
If there's a question we get asked more than others here at Worthwhile, it might be: 'How do you prove the link between employee happiness a...
The Philosophy of Stretched-Too-Thin - 4/25/2005 9:56:33 PM
Not to open up a can of existentialism on you, but I've been thinking lately about this dilemma: Is it worse to have everyone think you're m...
Sexy Stuff - 4/25/2005 5:08:12 PM
Tina Chadwick wrote a terrific piece for the May issue of Worthwhile on 'office spouse' relationships -- those nonsexual, but very exciting ...
No No Nanette - 4/21/2005 4:25:34 PM
Sometimes, it's the people you know who are the least helpful. Let me explain. Like everyone who is working on something about which they tr...
Review of the Week - 4/20/2005 5:21:43 PM
Fun little item about us on thecelebritycafe.com today, in which their magazine critic, who calls him/herself The Magaholic (love that!, am ...
Do-Gooding - 4/18/2005 2:01:45 PM
KPMG isn't the first, it isn't the biggest and it's not the innovator in this arena. But when a company with 18,200 partners and employees ...
Careers 101 - 4/17/2005 11:08:39 AM
On CNN this weekend, Jack Cafferty asked me about his 24-year-old daughter. Echoing a point we often hear from frustrated parents, he grumbl...
Media Alert!! - 4/15/2005 10:56:06 AM
This weekend, I'll be talking about Worthwhile on CNN's 'In the Money' show Saturday at 1 EDT and Sunday at 3 EDT (they tell me my part of t...
Learning From Walter - 4/14/2005 11:39:40 AM
Why are we still surprised when we learn that some people LOVE their work? This morning's New York Times offers up the story of Walter O'Rou...
My Kind of Ads - 4/13/2005 10:55:02 PM
The ad industry takes a ton of grief -- some well-deserved, of course. So, when a smart ad campaign hits, it's worth bringing to people's at...
Occupational Hazards - 4/5/2005 3:39:12 PM
Many people have brutally difficult commutes, often stretching an hour or more each way. I don't; because I live less than 2 blocks from the...
Sell More, Donate More - 4/5/2005 11:02:58 AM
Our friend, David Hessekiel, who runs the Cause Marketing Forum, notes that eBay now has a no-fee policy for people interested in selling th...
Misery, You've Got Company (and Laughs) - 4/4/2005 6:10:45 PM
Dilbert may have started us laughing about the goofiness of modern American corporate culture (and you should check out the interview with S...
Hugs Anyone? - 3/31/2005 6:13:32 PM
Sometimes it's the little things that I miss about the old days of travel -- and one struck me this morning as I flew out of Atlanta. I've g...
The Resurrection of Jack - 3/28/2005 2:07:08 PM
Jack Welch is on his way back to the top -- this time as a guy who knows how to balance his life, his new definition of 'winning.' I've wri...
Yard-Sale Day - 3/26/2005 1:21:16 PM
Saturday is yard sale and garage sale day. In many cases, it's the only time that people have an opportunity to market themselves to the pub...
Today's Speed Read - 3/22/2005 5:28:21 PM
We get lots of books here at Worthwhile and many are, shall we say politely, a long way from scintillating. My strategy for determining that...
How Much Is Enough? - 3/21/2005 12:09:33 PM
Very interesting post by Perry Goldschein examines what might be the hot-button issue in social responsibility: How much is enough and what ...
Our Evolving Lexicon - 3/18/2005 3:06:57 PM
Merriam-Webster announced this week that it is adding 58 words to the New World College Dictionary. That's big news to those of us in the w...
Ticket Punching - 3/18/2005 12:12:11 PM
I had breakfast this morning with a friend who works for a brutal organization. The hours are rough, the work would be fulfilling if the ma...
Missing the Action (for a brief moment) - 3/16/2005 10:07:31 AM
I used to work in an office with lots of people. Now I don't. It's just a few happy souls here at Worthwhile -- plus a team of several doz...
Bye Bye Bernie - 3/15/2005 2:57:12 PM
I'm not a super-emotional guy but I pumped my fist when ex-WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers was convicted by a jury of all eight counts in his fra...
When Heroes Become Goats - 3/15/2005 2:23:48 PM
There's a terrific piece in today's New York Times about the rise and fall of the reputation of Mark McGwire, home-run king. The piece marv...
Tips for Tips (and Life) - 3/4/2005 9:59:40 AM
A restaurant in the lobby of our building opened recently, with servers in T-shirts that boast 'Food, Flirt, Fun.' Inhabiting those T-shirts...
Prius -- The Kleenex of Green Car Brands - 2/28/2005 8:26:29 AM
I noticed the 'green car' pitch at last night's Academy Awards. Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Robin Williams, Orlando Bloom, Salma Hay...
Why Can't They Get This Right? - 2/23/2005 9:28:23 AM
I called the credit-card payment center of a major department store this morning to check on an account balance. Before putting me on hold -...
My Dollars at Waste - 2/21/2005 9:41:06 AM
There has been much flap over the past few weeks about PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. First, the network ran into a buzzsa...
The 10 Worst Jobs - 2/16/2005 1:50:30 PM
USA Today is running a fun series in its sports section: the 10 Worst Jobs in Sports. Two days ago, mascot was the featured position of mise...
Flowers Die, Candy Rots Your Teeth - 2/14/2005 4:11:18 PM
But... surely someone out there has come up with the perfect offbeat Valentine's Day gift. Kate told me today that she wished she had some ...
Swing and a Miss - 2/12/2005 11:06:49 PM
Sometimes the world of sports can be downright amusing -- and other times downright painful to watch. This week was both. On Thursday, sup...
Sorry If I'm Not Kneeling at This Altar - 2/10/2005 9:19:44 PM
A fascinating news release dropped into my inbox this evening. The headline pronounced: PERFECTBOUND ANNOUNCES THE E-BOOK AND DIGITAL AUDIOB...
Board 1, Carly 0 - 2/9/2005 9:43:44 AM
Hewlett-Packard's board has decided that Carly Fiorina isn't the right person for the job after all. She resigned as CEO this morning, but i...
What We Can Learn From Christo - 2/7/2005 6:02:46 PM
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have embarked on a massive project (yes, another one) to build temporary gates all through New York's Cent...
Shipmania! - 2/2/2005 10:47:51 PM
How much is shipping worth to you? Amazon is trying to figure out that very question. Under a new program called Amazon Prime, the mega-uber...
Look Out Below - 2/2/2005 4:26:14 PM
Some fascinating info in the latest Time magazine about the stock market's reaction post-mega-merger. 'Blockbuster mergers tend to be duds f...
The Best Surprise - 1/30/2005 10:52:05 PM
Those of a certain age will certainly remember the Holiday Inn ad campaign 'The best surprise is no surprise.' But lately, I've been surpris...
Winner: Best Excuse Category - 1/27/2005 2:35:15 AM
The news from Washington couldn't be more ridiculous. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Bush administration paid conservative co...
Dreaming of Life - 1/24/2005 7:00:29 PM
I'm in Seattle today, having schlepped here from Atlanta last night. By the time I arrived, my body was craving rest after the cross-countr...
Fighting the Demons - 1/21/2005 11:29:06 AM
Martin Flaherty, who runs a brilliant communications-consulting company called PencilBox Inc., has been having email problems. Everyone doe...
Who's Surprised by This? - 1/20/2005 11:20:52 AM
The folks over at salary.com asked on their website the simple question: 'Which would you prefer, a $5,000 increase in your base pay or the ...
Work With a Sense of Humor - 1/17/2005 10:00:57 AM
Who knows how many of these emails are actually true? But a friend, Alan Joel, sent this along and either way, I think this is a fun exampl...
The Big Unit's Gaffe - 1/11/2005 4:28:21 PM
Let's say it's your first day at a new job, that exciting time when you have nothing but possibility in front of you. You've gotten a big r...
Whose Ball Is It? - 1/7/2005 11:56:56 AM
Interesting debate going on around Boston, where Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is holding tight to the ball used in the final out ...
Stop the Beatings - 1/4/2005 11:25:44 AM
The self-flagellation over charity in the United States has reached a fever pitch. In the week since the tsunami decimated parts of Asia, th...
Building Blocks - 1/3/2005 8:44:51 AM
I love this time of year -- it is so filled with possibility and opportunity. I'd probably be satisfied if it were only the chance to start ...
Not That You Have Anything Better to Do - 12/23/2004 1:09:17 PM
... on Christmas morning, that is. But for those who happen to be idle that morn, (good Lord, how can that be???) you can catch me on MSNBC...
Lessons From Maya - 12/21/2004 3:10:33 PM
In this holiday season, I love to hear the voices of bright, feeling people. I might not always agree but I enjoy the thinking. These 'learn...
Asking and Answering - 12/20/2004 3:45:50 PM
A new restaurant called Shout is planning to open in the food court of our office complex. I was struck by the questionnaire that management...
Every Action Creates... - 12/15/2004 2:25:04 PM
The hot talk in the airline industry these days is the coming of cell phones. Two decades after the introduction of those uber-expensive (an...
Applause, Applause - 12/7/2004 1:30:27 PM
Finally, a company with a sense of humor! Monty Python has announced that they will be opening a new Broadway show, 'Spamalot' in March base...
That Darn Box - 12/5/2004 11:42:58 PM
OK, I've had it. Is there any phrase more tired, more trite and less creative than 'outside the box?' Whenever someone tells me they want 't...
The Demand Side Wins, Hotel Edition - 12/1/2004 9:41:59 PM
I'm headed for New York next week and I've got sticker shock. It's not the airfares: Despite oil prices that are crushing the airlines, I'm ...
How Far Is Too Far? - 11/30/2004 12:06:35 PM
Face it, we all do it (or at least have done it): Resume 'embellishment.' Usually, it's not out and out lying, as in summa cum laude from a...
The Psychology of Shopping - 11/28/2004 8:21:33 AM
Forget the turkey. Forget the family bonding. We all know what Thankgiving is really about: resting up before hitting the stores. And hit th...
Where Inspiration Can Come From - 11/24/2004 11:28:02 AM
It's rare these days that I'm taken aback by kindness, but that happened this morning. I was having breakfast with my kids at Panera Bread,...
Woof - 11/21/2004 12:05:37 PM
When I left The Wall Street Journal in 2000, I began working more frequently from home. So, I got a dog -- a wonderful pound puppy named Ma...
Check Us Out - 11/19/2004 12:55:57 PM
Anita and I will be on CNN at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time today. Hope to see you seeing us!
Pardon My Excitement - 11/16/2004 10:54:13 PM
Worthwhile magazine hit newsstands over the past couple of days and, if I can be so bold, I'M EXCITED. Anita and I have been at this since ...
Loving What You Do, Sanitation Edition - 11/16/2004 3:43:28 PM
There was marvelous a piece on NPR this morning about love of work: A profile of New York City sanitation worker Andrew Macchio, who has bee...
I'm Not Alone - 11/14/2004 11:08:56 PM
The New York Times reports in its Sunday edition what comes as little surprise to me: People are eating cereal for all meals of the day. I ...
Hang Up and.. Oh Never Mind - 11/8/2004 9:44:24 PM
Twice in the past two days I have run across this: someone in the restroom on their cellphone. I'm not talking about picking up a ringing p...
Vroom - 11/7/2004 9:26:16 PM
During my trip to Detroit last week, I heard a lot about new car lines, what's selling and cash-back incentives -- the business info that ma...
Success Redefined - 11/4/2004 8:50:14 AM
I've been traveling over the past two weeks -- to the Bay Area, to the LA area and now to Detroit. In discussion after discussion about Wor...
And... Action! - 11/1/2004 1:15:02 PM
Hollywood has portrayed the world of work in ways that range from idealized (the underrated 'Tucker: A Man and His Dream') to hilarious ('T...
American Culture, Wal-Mart Style - 10/29/2004 5:48:43 PM
The new puritanism is once again rearing its head in American commerce. Today's news flash: Wal-Mart has decided against stocking George Ca...
Shush - 10/26/2004 10:53:53 AM
I've been traveling the past few days to San Francisco and L.A., which gives me the opportunity to meet with interesting people -- and have ...
Great Ideas in Commerce - 10/21/2004 12:56:19 PM
You have got to give this guy his due: He's a creative genius. This eBay listing is for a 5-person invitation to a wedding he doesn't want ...
Atkins = Reduced Air Fares - 10/19/2004 12:35:43 PM
Maybe this is the real reason behind the financial problems at U.S. airlines: A report by doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
In Praise of Competition - 10/18/2004 10:54:11 PM
The anticipated war between the Yankees and Red Sox almost turned into a laugher, as the New Yorkers won the first three games of the best-o...
At Your (Maddening) Service - 10/14/2004 5:07:53 PM
I had lunch yesterday with a friend who is working on a newspaper story about 'bathroom valets' as they are now called -- people who hand yo...
The Premiere Issue - 10/13/2004 12:01:05 PM
If you're on this site today, you may have noticed the cover of the Premiere Issue of Worthwhile in the top right corner. It has replaced t...
The Future of Air Travel - 10/12/2004 12:15:53 PM
Interesting interview inside today's WSJ with Gordon Bethune, the soon-to-retire CEO of Continental Airlines and one of the smartest guys in...
If I Ran the World, Part I - 10/8/2004 3:40:29 PM
Here's my new law for today:If you drive one of those massive SUV Suburbany things that gets 4 gallons per mile, you may not have a 'Support...
Hello, His Name Is... - 10/6/2004 3:25:40 PM
OK, this is a fun idea. A St. Louis communications marketer named Scott Ginsberg has been wearing a name tag every day -- for 1,435 days (s...
Winning the War for Talent - 10/6/2004 10:02:15 AM
A new survey of MBAs by The Committee of 200, an organization of leading women business owners and corporate executives, offers a mighty ble...
He Gets My Respect - 10/5/2004 9:55:02 PM
Rodney Dangerfield died tonight at the age of 82. I loved his sense of humor; his 'no respect' schtick was wonderfully self-depreciating, a...
The Wild Blue Yonder - 10/5/2004 9:13:58 AM
It seems like space, the final frontier, suddenly is hot again. Longtime space enthusiast Burt Rutan and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen ye...
Values 101 - 10/1/2004 4:54:42 PM
What are the most important things we can pass on to our children? From my vantage point, it's clear: values. We can't protect them from e...
Balance, Schmalance - 9/27/2004 12:38:00 PM
The debate that Anita started the other day about balance based on the Fast Company piece got me thinking about how ludicrous the concept of...
What Are the Odds? - 9/23/2004 9:39:07 PM
Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a list of finalists for the Booker Prize, awarded for exemplary writing to a British or Commonweal...
Customer Service, the Way I Like It - 9/22/2004 7:47:06 PM
Halley recently posted a terrific item on this site about how she had felt screwed by her cell-phone provider as she went to buy a new phone...
Lock n Board - 9/17/2004 4:02:12 PM
For the latest in affinity travel, the National Rifle Association (fresh off its victory to reallow the sale of assault weapons) has launche...
Three Cheers for These Guys - 9/11/2004 1:52:31 PM
As we recognize the three-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, here's a ray of light: Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond-trading firm that...
Uncorking the Secrets of Civilized Travel - 9/7/2004 10:37:46 PM
It's Thursday evening and you're boarding a plane for home after 4 grueling days on the road. All you want to do is take off your jacket, r...
Worthwhile Print Preview: The Dos + Don'ts of Cause Marketing - 9/7/2004 10:44:08 AM
Cause marketing is the hot hot hot trend these days. As the concept of doing well by doing good has exploded across the corporate conscious...
Low-Hanging Fruit - 9/2/2004 12:09:43 PM
The latest word out of Harris Interactive is that employees are working more overtime and they aren't happy about it. Nearly two-thirds of ...
Optipessimism - 9/1/2004 12:38:11 PM
The economy is a very personal thing -- particularly for something so often discussed in sweeping terms. Job been outsourced? Commute 50 m...
How Pathetic - 8/31/2004 11:55:33 AM
This site rarely dabbles in politics, except occasionally to highlight how political activity interacts with the way we work. But the resig...
Hammburgling? - 8/28/2004 11:53:11 AM
There are many tests in our daily lives of our ethics and values, some grayer than others on the black-and-white scale: the extra dollar of ...
I Love This Story - 8/27/2004 4:02:07 PM
Who knows whether this one is true or whether it's urban legend. But, frankly, I don't care. It's a great tale....A crowded United Airline...
What's Your Differentiator? - 8/26/2004 9:23:49 AM
Northwest Airlines announced this week that it is adding a surcharge for passengers to talk to a reservations agent instead of buying ticket...
Where the Growth Is - 8/24/2004 12:16:00 PM
Today's unsurprising news flash: Auto makers are raising car prices for the '05 model year. But the interesting angle is that Toyota plans ...
Woof - 8/20/2004 5:14:42 PM
There is no doubt about it: an office that allows dogs is almost always more fun. In fact, it may be one of the true litmus tests of whethe...
Calling the Best and Brightest - 8/19/2004 1:29:41 PM
About five years ago, Internet users complained that there was virtually no reasonable way to navigate the Web. It's like the largest libra...
What Do You Do? - 8/18/2004 10:33:29 AM
How many times have you been asked that question at a first meeting? It means, of course, what kind of profession, what kind of job? So, yo...
Shameless Plug Dept. - 8/17/2004 1:35:04 PM
There's a new element on our site this week, at the top right corner of the home page: our new subscription link. For the past year, we've ...
Need It Need It, Got It - 8/16/2004 12:10:38 AM
So many times, we think about things we want in our lives. 'I wish I could have that Mercedes convertible,' we might say, or the plasma TV ...
The Next Generation of Leaders - 8/12/2004 11:18:34 PM
Over the past few months, I've gotten a chance to meet a huge number of 20-somethings. This is a generation that has grown up during one of ...
Why We're Here - 8/9/2004 7:15:09 AM
I have been on the road a ton lately and it's given me the opportunity to talk about Worthwhile to a host of new groups and people. In intr...
A Wink at 70 MPH - 7/26/2004 10:14:26 PM
Sometimes when I'm driving down the highway, I wish I had a whiteboard to write messages to the other driver. I'm thinking, of course, main...
The Complete Package - 7/23/2004 9:51:55 AM
It's a summer Friday and thoughts go to sports and leisure. While Lance Armstrong embodies the former as he moves to win his amazing sixth ...
The Tip Jar Rethought - 7/22/2004 11:03:58 AM
Yesterday at Starbucks, I dutifully dropped my loose change into the tip jar as a small thank-you for decent service. But it got me thinkin...
A Place to Dream Of... - 7/21/2004 9:20:25 AM
I read this quote today from Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: 'A leader's greatest obligation is to make possible an environment where peo...
Out Out Damn Insurers - 7/19/2004 9:57:11 AM
In the past 24 hours, I have learned about the house crises of two friends. In one case, the city sewer system backed up into his home, pou...
Pestering 101, a Customer Service Tale - 7/17/2004 12:23:34 AM
I had breakfast yesterday with Cynthia Scott, a very smart consultant in San Francisco who is helping with the print edition of Worthwhile. ...
Home Work - 7/10/2004 9:18:49 AM
Lately, I've found myself admiring that growing group of people who work from their homes. Downsized, outsourced, child-rearing, fed-up, fr...
Black Hats and White Hats - 7/8/2004 2:35:09 PM
So now it's Ken Lay's turn in the legal whipping room. The Enron chairman was indicted on 11 federal charges that he conspired to manipulat...
Another Odd Twist for Fahrenheit 9/11 - 7/2/2004 3:46:34 PM
The side stories around Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' get curiouser and curiouser. Say what you want about the filmmaker (I'm not a fan...
A Reflection on Greatness vs. Very Goodness - 6/30/2004 11:44:49 AM
There was a debate on a sports-talk station here in Atlanta this morning: Would you rather be a fan of the Atlanta Braves -- a team that has...
The State of the Unions - 6/29/2004 12:35:12 PM
A carpenters' union has been picketing outside my office building for the past few days, protesting the fact that a new health club is poppi...
The Black and White of Lunchtime - 6/27/2004 11:18:11 PM
I have always being fascinated by racial interactions and have written in the past on this site about the true meaning of diversity. So, I ...
The Toppling Point - 6/24/2004 11:23:16 AM
Wal-Mart is a company well versed in controversy. In the beginning, it was community battles against the big box retailer's threat to local...
The Customer Is Always (Pick One): Right/Nuts - 6/21/2004 3:11:04 PM
My favorite product of the past decade is the iPod, Apple's brilliant little personal jukebox. That something so compact and so lightweight...
The World Is Flat and I Can Change It - 6/19/2004 1:15:08 PM
Through some amazing karmic convergence, Halley and I had flat tires on the same day this week, a thousand miles apart. You can read her po...
Transient America - 6/18/2004 12:35:48 PM
This morning, an enormous United Van Lines moving van pulled up in front of a house about a block from where I live. I watched for a second...
Wish I Lived In... - 6/16/2004 5:29:10 PM
LA or Houston or Boston or Minneapolis or D.C. Those cities are part of a new program designed to speed air travelers through security. Th...
Smell Test - 6/16/2004 4:26:09 PM
Sometimes I find my jaw dropping over the brazenness of some business executives. You need to understand that we here at Worthwhile are VER...
The Legacy of Daniel Pearl - 6/14/2004 10:44:36 AM
No one would have blamed the family of my former Wall Street Journal colleague and friend Daniel Pearl if they had reacted with abject anger...
Where Jobs Aren't Going - 6/11/2004 3:18:35 PM
A new report is out from the U.S. Labor Department on offshoring (the kind of outsourcing that sends job functions overseas) and the news ho...
Never Too Thin - 6/11/2004 2:58:17 PM
Americans are forever trying to get thin without the pain. That's not new, but three items caught my eye this week. Next year, according to...
Education Creativity Run Amok? - 6/10/2004 2:35:47 PM
I'm a big fan of experiential learning. But I guess some people have stricter limits than I do on its place in schools. The school board i...
Federal Nonsense Commission - 6/9/2004 11:55:02 AM
This morning, I was listening to the radio and heard one of those same-old, same-old car dealer ads that promise cash-back, amazing financin...
Career Change - 6/8/2004 5:11:24 PM
Every so often, we are presented with an opportunity to shift career gears. For Greg Raymer, that moment came on May 28, when the Pfizer pa...
A Reagan Legacy Worth Remembering - 6/7/2004 10:25:52 PM
Debate the Reagan legacy all you like: economic visionary or irresponsible deficit spender; leader or marionette; conquerer of Communism or ...
Shifting Gears on Creativity - 6/3/2004 2:23:04 PM
Back in the old days, the maxim went that Americans created the cool products and the Japanese made them perfect through copying. Japanese ...
Wish I Had Thought of This - 6/1/2004 4:52:19 PM
I might be among the last to have discovered this, but anyone who travels would absolutely love this spoof airline website for Skyhigh Airli...
Help for the Helpers - 6/1/2004 12:10:19 PM
I sit on several nonprofit boards that span my interests: from Atlanta Habitat for Humanity on one end to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Cent...
Forget Quality, We've Got Brand - 5/26/2004 4:47:59 PM
What on earth has happened to Mercedes? The company is planning to recall about 680,000 of its E-Class and SL cars worldwide, noting that t...
The Forum: Long-Term, Anyone? - 5/23/2004 11:18:48 PM
There's an old expression in baseball about how fickle fans can be: 'What did you do for me your last at-bat?' Forget the history, bag th...
The Forum: Hero Hunt - 5/16/2004 11:25:35 PM
Are there any heroes left? The astronauts aren't involved in anything we care much about anymore. Sports superstars are often under indictme...
Go Get 'Em Gap - 5/12/2004 10:30:22 PM
This might be the most encouraging step in the social responsibility arena in years: Gap Inc. -- owner of Gap stores, Banana Republic and Ol...
The Forum: What Is True Diversity? - 5/10/2004 7:00:42 AM
Is it time for a new definition of 'diversity?' While companies big and small struggle to meet some sort of magic number of the right propo...
Mother's Day Redux - 5/9/2004 10:03:43 PM
OK, I'm a little tired of it. Can we stop calling Mother's Day a Hallmark Holiday? Mother's Day actually originated in 1872, when Julia Wa...
Here Come the Jobs - 5/7/2004 4:02:24 PM
The government jobs report out today shows that the U.S. added 288,000 new jobs in April. I can see it in so many places: the Dunkin' Donut...
The Forum: Incremental Rebalance - 5/7/2004 11:43:31 AM
Picking up on Halley's post below, improving worklife quality often requires only a fairly small change of perspective, not a particularly j...
Our New Feature: The Forum - 5/3/2004 8:01:17 AM
Today, the Worthwhile site launches a new feature called The Forum. Each day, it will focus on a topic central to how people work and how c...
The Forum: Motivation-Demotivation - 5/3/2004 8:00:00 AM
Football coach Lou Holtz came up with this clever line about motivation. Talking about his team, he said: 'It's not my job to motivate play...
Women and the Web - 4/29/2004 11:05:56 AM
Interesting study by Yahoo! and Starcom out today shows how women use the Web to manage their lives. (Hint: Skip down to paragraph 3 or 4 o...
PC Run Amok - 4/28/2004 3:17:24 PM
Sometimes, political correctness can be flat-out comical. We stretch and bend and contort. My favorite one of recent weeks: ESPN's Suzy K...
It's a LOOOONG Fly Ball - 4/26/2004 10:57:17 AM
There's global expansion and then there's GLOBAL expansion. These days, even Little League officials are getting into the act.
Have a ______ Day - 4/23/2004 4:51:38 PM
I went through the checkout line at my local Kroger this week and as I was receiving my change, the cashier offered up, 'Have a blessed day....
Trump Schmump - 4/22/2004 12:37:48 PM
As management professors go, Jeff Sonnenfeld at Yale is one of the smarter ones -- and among the most gutsy. What I particularly like is ho...
Take Them Back to School - 4/22/2004 11:51:38 AM
This is one event I'll candidly admit I've never understood: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, brought to us by the Ms. Foundation. ...
Eat Up, Kids Win - 4/21/2004 4:49:48 PM
This is cool. For the fifth year, Baskin-Robbins is holding Free Scoop Night next Wednesday, and the good news is that needy kids will be t...
Screensaver Mania! - 4/20/2004 3:05:08 PM
OK, sometimes you just need to have just the right screensaver. Came across this one on Dave Barry's hilarious blog. Feel free to hop on a...
The Right Litmus Test? - 4/19/2004 12:59:45 PM
As readers of this site have noticed, David Weinberger and I have been debating in the past week the issues of when companies can be cited a...
Thinking Thoughts - 4/16/2004 4:48:33 PM
I was talking to a friend today about the times in our lives when we really get to think. No, not the kind of thinking that goes into a nif...
Cool Tales from the hiring front - 4/14/2004 1:16:35 PM
It's interesting to see how organizations react in extraordinary circumstances, and that's often where you see their true character. When i...
The New Deciding Factor - 4/13/2004 9:58:08 AM
At the height of the dotcom boom, with national unemployment at a skimpy 4%, companies used to talk a lot about 'winning the war for talent....
Working for a Life - 4/11/2004 10:14:25 PM
Halley's post below jokes about something that we do a boatload of thinking about here at Worthwhile -- the divide between one's worklife an...
Making a (Net) Impact - 4/8/2004 4:47:48 PM
There is a very interesting organization called Net Impact -- a group with about 9,000 members of primarily business-school students. The m...
Cool Thinking - 4/7/2004 10:25:19 PM
Maybe Volvo is creating this system for competitive reasons, but I find it encouraging that there is a group of engineers looking at the pro...
How Much Is Enough? - 4/7/2004 9:51:52 AM
We've had debates over the past few weeks on this question: When should a company be able to take credit for environmental stewardship, espe...
Work Wit: Office Etiquette - 4/6/2004 3:06:50 PM
Work Wit is a series of cartoons about the work place featuring some of the best cartoonists of our time. This cartoon was created by Tim D...
I'm Lovin' It - 4/6/2004 8:21:07 AM
Last weekend, in my role as a board member of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, I participated in the dedication of two houses -- the time at th...
Want to Know? Just Ask - 4/5/2004 2:04:27 PM
It was an odd place for a management reminder, but Saturday night's NCAA Final Four had a good one. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had jus...
Deep Tycosis - 4/5/2004 10:01:29 AM
OK, so what are we to conclude from Tyco Trial I? For starters, a few things:-- Money matters, but only somewhat. I'm fascinated that sev...
First Jobs - 4/4/2004 5:18:34 PM
When I was 11, I got my first job working for Bert's Donut Shop near where I lived in Brooklyn. My job was to walk across to the local hair...
Who's Watching the Store? - 4/3/2004 7:45:21 PM
The state of corporate governance -- in laymen's terms, the people who are supposed to be watching out for shareholders -- is seriously brok...
What Would It Take? - 3/29/2004 10:13:00 PM
... for you to live/work in a U.S. Embassy job these days? Sorry, but I'm a bit too chicken for this line of work.
Howard Schultz - 3/26/2004 9:06:43 PM
Read any inspiring books lately? They don't need to be business books, but I'm always interested in knowing what inspires. My favorite of...
Rethinking a Management Decision - 3/26/2004 6:39:28 PM
When I was an editor at the Wall Street Journal, I had a policy: Never hire anyone if you had to cut their pay. This came into play from tim...
Quick Everyone, Eyes Away - 3/26/2004 6:33:46 PM
I have to think it's the most insidious mass communication device since airports decided to blast televisions at me constantly: the elevator...
Laughter Is Your Friend - 3/16/2004 4:43:33 PM
If you haven't laughed at least 14 times today (the barebones minimum), maybe this will help. The French think so.
'The Worst Day of My Life' - 3/16/2004 4:14:38 PM
I once worked for a guy who took everything as if it were a personal affront. This guy -- a 6 year old in a 52 year old's body, actually --...
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