Last week I had a conference call with four people in three different time zones. An app set up the call, calculated the correct time for each participant, added the appointment to each of our calendars, and then periodically sent us texts and emails so that we would not forget.
Like other independent professionals, artists have a keen memory of past financial crises. For New York City-based painter and printmaker Julio Valdez, the repeated economic shocks of the early 1990's, 1997, 2001 and 2008, compelled him to ask some tough questions. "How did we get into this? There's no war. There's no famine. You work hard, and something happens. Again and again. It has nothing to do with you."
Is creativity more about process or results? When managing creative minds working under a deadline, it's tempting to focus on an expected outcome. But, like the group that created Teams, if you can step back and observe—even enjoy—the collaboration as it unfolds, then the results you dream about may very well come to pass.
A zoo of creatures, great and small, live in every email address. In China, you'll find a mouse. In Italy and France, a snail. In Germany, Holland, and Poland it's a monkey. In Sweden and Denmark, an elephant's trunk. And in Finland, there's a cat, curled up and fast asleep.
In the summer of 1941 a Swiss engineer returned from a walk in the woods near his home in Geneva. He was astonished at the dozens of prickly seedpods—burrs—that stuck, tenaciously, to his socks, trousers, shirt and dog.
At the start of Junk, the new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar now playing at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City, the character of Judy Chen, an ambitious financial writer and journalist, sits alone in the center of the stage and addresses the audience: "This is the story of kings — or what passes for kings these days. Kings bedecked in Brooks Brothers and Brioni, enthroned in sky-high castles on opposing coasts, embroiled in a battle over, well, what else, money."
Last year 13 million people flocked to Broadway shows in New York City, more than attended all of the region's professional sporting events combined. In doing so, they purchased nearly $1.5 billion in tickets, helping the theater industry contribute roughly $12 billion to the local economy.
Were you one of the Twitter users granted extra linguistic real-estate in the past few weeks? Are you reveling in the new 280 character limit, or did you ignore the bonus and continue writing 140 character tweets?
As a leader, perhaps nothing is more important to your organization than protecting the legacy of your expertise — making sure that the deep knowledge you've acquired is successfully passed on to those who come after you.
Steve Jobs died six years ago. During his lifetime he was the subject of more than two dozen books, documentaries and feature films. And in the years since his death public curiosity has hardly diminished.
"Speak truth to power." Of all the advice given to new managers, these four words may be the hardest to carry out. Communicating upwards is risky. One never knows if the recipient will listen with respect or blame the messenger. How should you deliver tough news to your boss?
Zappos sells shoes and consumer goods online. A string quartet performs classical music. Zappos has more than 1,500 employees. A string quartet only four. Zappos was founded in 1999 and is now a leading 21st century corporation. String quartets—two violins, a viola, and cello—have not changed since the form was created about 250 years ago.