Why your employees can't think creatively.

Why your employees can't think creatively.

They’d like to, they really would.  Teresa Amabile, Director of Research at the Harvard Business School, conducted studies and found that there are six main ways to kill creativity (as reported in PsyBlog).  “Creativity” doesn’t just apply to activities like graphic arts or marketing or interior design.  Creative thinking can happen anywhere people find ways – on their own – to improve processes, resolve or...

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The elements of search engine rankings.

The elements of search engine rankings.

As with most things, if it were easy to be listed at the top of a Google search via “natural” (unpaid) means, everybody would be doing it.  High search engine rankings are the result of a mixture of activities both on your website and off your website.  Search Engine Land provides the “periodic table” of the elements of search (below), but there’s nothing periodic about it.  Working on your internet presence takes...

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No job? It's not technology's fault.

No job? It's not technology's fault.

Gene Marks’ article in Forbes blames the 9.2% employment rate on technology. That’s absurd. Sure, technology has reduced or eliminated certain jobs, like data entry clerks. You could argue that it has eliminated the need for receptionists, now that we have voice mail. Whether or not to hire a receptionist is a choice of technology over the human touch; choosing technology in that case simply means you value efficiency over personal...

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Using QR codes and social media for social change.

Using QR codes and social media for social change.

A group of human-rights and ecology activist organizations have joined together in the “Raise the Bar” campaign to encourage Hershey to change its practices regarding sourcing of the cocoa needed to produce their chocolate.  The campaign maintains that much of the cocoa trade depends on forced and child labor, human trafficking, and unfair wages.  One of the tactics of the campaign involves leaving flyers in grocery stores, on top...

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Tasty, with a few missing ingredients.

Tasty, with a few missing ingredients.

Website Review:  Gojee.com The gigantic, gorgeous, close-up shots of food at gojee.com will get you drooling all over your laptop; bring a large napkin.  So mesmerizing is the imagery that you may think the point is eye candy; sweet, but where’s the meat?  Look hard and you’ll find the teeny, tiny morsels of functionality.  Enter what you crave, what ingredients you want to cook with, what you have and what you dislike, and...

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