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A New Language Found

There is a fascinating article, “Rare Find: a New Language”, by Robert Lee Hotz, in today’s (October 6, 2010) Wall Street Journal about a new language, called Koro, discovered in India’s Arunachal Pradesh.

The Wall Street Journal reports that there are currently some 6,909 languages existing today (with many of these dying off every year), making the discovery of a new language all the more exciting. Want to say ‘I saw the Man’ in Koro? Here’s how. If you are reading this, [Kah-play-yeh], the phonetic way of saying thank you in Koro.

October 6, 2010 Posted by | Culture, Ideas | , | 1 Comment

Happy Independence Day, this 4th of July

A repost:  Hardly a 4th of July passes that I do not think of some most amazing 4th of July circumstances.

No one tells it better than Joseph Ellis in his 2000 book, Founding Brothers (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000): Continue reading

July 4, 2010 Posted by | Culture, Ideas | Leave a comment

Happy Bloomsday

In honor of James Joyce and Bloomsday, I repost my entry for Bloomsday last year.

Another Bloomsday has snuck up on me, as it does every year.  This most famous of literary days – celebrating the single day in the life of Leopold Bloom wandering around Dublin depicted in James Joyce’s book, Ulysses – has special meaning for me. Continue reading

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Culture, Ideas | | Leave a comment

Steal This Blog Content

SMB Research, where I spend much of my time these days, has now had our blog content illegally copied multiple times, and we are, sadly, hardly alone.  It seems apparent that too many people either do not bother to learn the ins and outs of intellectual property and copyright, and how to properly blog, before they start blogging, or people are so utterly incapable of creating their own website content and disrespectful of other people’s intellectual property that they simply covet and steal other people’s IP. Continue reading

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Ideas | , | 1 Comment

An Introduction to Supply Chain Management from ASU

If you are new to the world of supply chain management, there is no dearth of sources and resources for you to tap into to learn what supply chain management is, and what it means for you.  There are also no dearth of sources to find out where these resources are. Continue reading

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Supply Chain | | 1 Comment

The New Complexity Management

I have had a working assumption for awhile – we all have one or a few of these, don’t we? Something to keep the mental gears oiled and in good working order when our minds are not otherwise actively or productively engaged?

One of my working assumptions – stay with me on this – is that we are increasingly over-estimating our collective intelligence, and over-designing our world, our processes, our gadgets – our things – as a result. Continue reading

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Ideas, Technology | , | Leave a comment

Your Bureaucracy is No Excuse (a rant)

How is the customer service you have been getting lately?

Our customer service should be better than ever, shouldn’t it? After all, the slackers and underperformers have all been laid off.  This should result in our getting better customer service than ever.

Sadly, the tale I am about tell is, I fear, more common than not. At the risk of painting with a broad brush, I must keep the parties involved unidentified for the simple reason I would prefer to avoid the rath of any Kafkaesque bureaucracy right now who could make my life miserable by losing a check, my paperwork, or my record. Continue reading

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Business | , | 2 Comments

Sizing up Small-to-Medium Business (SMB)

What is the difference between a “small” business, and a “small-to-medium” business?  (caution: shameless self-promotion).  Read my commentary over at the SMB Research Blog.

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January 13, 2010 Posted by | Business, Small-to-Medium Business (SMB / SME) | | Leave a comment

Job Satisfaction At an All-Time Low

What does it say about us and about the state of our capitalist system that job satisfaction is, according to one report at least, at an all-time low?

Everyone, in my opinion, ought to be disappointed and concerned about this. At a time when we have more and much better management education than ever before, a much better educated workforce, more technology to assist us in our jobs, and arguably a more robust exchange and sharing of ideas about business, management, collaboration, and best practices than we have ever had – how could job satisfaction be on a 20+ year slide, as reported, to its lowest point ever? Continue reading

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Business, Ideas | | Leave a comment

Do I Know You? Identity Authentication in the Real and Digital Worlds

I had occasion recently to sit down to talk with Reliable Identities Wes Kussmaul, accomplished entrepreneur, author, and prolific Internet tinkerer.  Wes experienced early success founding the Delphi Internet service.  (Some of the more seasoned among you may remember Delphi as being one of the early online services, along with CompuServe, Prodigy,  and AOL.)

These days, Wes is talking about another frontier – identity authentication.  It is interesting to think that we are as inattentive to establishing and authenticating everyone ‘s digital identity as we are focused on proving and authenticating people’s identities in the real world. Continue reading

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Technology | , | 1 Comment

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