Monday, December 27, 2010

Compelling video & statistics

If you have any interest in world statistics regarding average life span & average income watch this 4 minute video by the BBC regarding both. It covers the hows & whys of the past 200 years.

Additionally, the video is highly compelling because of the video graphics & technology used. If for no other reason than just the use of technology check out this video.

These 4 minutes are both enjoyable & easy to understand.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Compelling interviews with influential people

Over the past 2 days i have had the fortunate opportunity to do a lot of reading -- some of it random and some of it purposeful. Because i am visiting family out of town i happened upon a magazine i would not have otherwise picked up. It was a Newsweek special edition titled "The Interview Issue" dated December 27, 2010/January 3, 2011.

I highly recommend picking up a copy or perusing it online. You can hear from the standard popular interviewees like Bill Gates & Richard Branson, or learn something from other interesting figures you don't regularly hear from like Jane Lynch (Glee), Will.I.Am, or the the Coen Brothers. And just as compelling are interviews with people making a difference in the world from around the world or even a few that you may not expect to hear from like the guy in the Old Spice ads or the "other" guy from Facebook.

Regardless you will be entertained & enlightened. Its worth your time & you won't regret it.

Top 10 Posts from the Harvard Business Review

Recently the Harvard Business Review published their top 10 posts from this year. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in a wide variety of topics take a peak at this list. It is very informative and enlightening.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Finding answers on the Internet...besides Google

If you are anything like me when you need to "search" for something on the Internet you just default to Google. In fact, it has become the only tool that i use.

I am happy to report that today i came across this article at and it provided 10 new options to use and a variety of reasons why to choose them. I am actually looking forward to trying some of these new options.

I have nothing against Google, i just think there are more effecient ways to retrieve info via the internet...especially when a question or need is very specific. A few of these options actually gather feedback from specific groups of people that would have first-hand experience & input with the answer you are seeking.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Brainstorming about brainstorming...

This article points out some good tips on having the most effective meetings in order to generate ideas. Good insights and practical info.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How color affects our purchases...

I just came across this very compelling piece by KISSmetrics regarding color and its affect on consumer buying habits. This article also discusses how website design & language can impact a person's decision to buy or walk away.

It is very profound whether you are the consumer or the seller/marketer. Its always advantageous to know what influences you and what others think influences you...especially when it comes to spending & buying.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More Brain Food...

Here is a profound article from the99% on the power of listening titled "Why Leaders Should Take a Break from Talking." It is truly a great reminder for anyone hoping to be an effecient & effective leader or manager or human. I hope i can live up to this challenge.

Brain Food...

Here is an insightful article by the Drucker exchange challenging people to decide if they are truly "burnt out" or just "bored." Good stuff.