When I don’t have the right words to express how I feel about events in our world, I turn to the soundtrack of my youth for inspiration. That soundtrack may have played a long time ago, but it still has a lot to offer: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band’s […]Read More Peace, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
My mother wasn’t a politician or public health expert, but she had strong opinions based on her experience surviving the depression as a child. She knew, on a gut level – literally and figuratively – what hunger did to people. She must be horrified now, looking down from Heaven, to see long lines of people […]Read More What I Learned from Mom About Pandemics
I’ve taken to using the word ‘cluefulness’ and all its glorious variants because I’m tired of hearing people say that people they don’t agree with are clueless. Listen up: that language misses the point, and here’s why. First of all, people who don’t have a clue don’t realize what they are missing. Duh. Why would […]Read More On Being Clueful and Caring About It
Election Day will be here soon. Wherever you live, you’ll probably be asked a few ballot questions along with your selection of candidates for whatever job openings there are. Yours might be about your willingness to fund some project or change some tradition or underwrite some new bureaucracy. Did you ever notice that these Election […]Read More What if We Gave an Election and No One Came?
If you’re starting here, you might want to roll back a couple of episodes for the full context, but all my thinking about how the Internet of Things, the Future of Work, and Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll all interrelate started with a DisrupTV guest spot, during which hosts Ray Wang and Vala Afshar […]Read More The Future of Work: Fact or Fantasy?
Goodwill, I’ve learned from colleagues who practice the mysterious art of business valuation, is not an easy thing to quantify. There are standard guidelines, but each seems to have a unique recipe or method for assigning a number to intangible assets, and sometimes they even agree. But not often. Especially when they are on opposite […]Read More A Good Time for Good Will
I love getting a question that my immediate reaction to is probably not what the asker is expecting. This one is my favorite Quora questions to date… First, an explanation for those who don’t know where the term ‘ghosting’ comes from. (Don’t feel bad, I didn’t know what it was till way after I was […]Read More Do bad bosses and employers deserve to be ghosted by employees?
Disclosure: I am not a qualified, or even semi-qualified, investment advisor. You can find them many other places than here. But I am a qualified mom. And note-taker. So these are just notes from my history of doing things with money that I’m passing on to my own kids. If your mom disagrees with me, […]Read More Investment Notes from Mom
Someone asked me today to write about managing change. I know it’s a popular topic but when he said it, it sounded so absurd to me. Manage change? The very nature of change is that it’s unpredictable. I think he was questioning how to manage your reaction to change: what you do when change happens, […]Read More You Can’t Change Change
I was trawling through some old writings and found this piece, written just a bit more than ten years ago. It was an open letter to then President-elect Obama. Maybe I should have found it sooner and offered it to President-elect Trump. My apologies… But as I look at the glorious diversity of new, incoming […]Read More It Might Not Be Too Late