Science Daily Week

This is the final issue of Science Daily Week. Here’s a three-fer. Researchers at the University of Oregon found that when people watch someone perform a task that they know they’ll have to repeat later, similar parts of the brain are activated that are used doing the the task itself. The source is “Watching With [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:36+00:00March 30th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|12 Comments

Science Daily Week: Advertising and Sexy Content

Today’s Science Daily tidbit is that advertising during television programs with sexy content is less effective than during programs with no sexy content. This is the research finding of Ellie Parker and Adrian Furnham of the Department of Psychology of the University College London. I loved this quote: “The fact that recall of adverts was [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:38:25+00:00March 28th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|13 Comments

Science Daily Week: Hype Kills

Science Daily Week continues with the study of assistant professor Vanessa Patrick (University of Georgia) along with co-authors Debbie MacInnis and C. Whan Park (University of Southern California): “Marketing: Too Much Hype Backfires.” The study shows that “people take notice when they feel worse than they thought they would, but—oddly—not when they feel better than [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:38:27+00:00March 27th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|13 Comments

Science Daily Week: Which is more effective: bonuses or raises?

I recently learned about Science Daily. It is a treasure chest of interesting studies that has implications on business practices. I’ve collected so much material from it that this is going to be “Science Daily Week” in my blog. For example, have you ever wondered whether giving employees a pay-for-performance bonus or a merit raise [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:38+00:00March 26th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|28 Comments

Coming to Canada!

I’m making a speech next week (March 29th) in Kelowna, BC for the Okanagan Science and Technology Council’s “2007 Silicon Vineyard Innovation Awards.” If any of you are in the area, I hope you can make it.

By |2016-10-24T14:21:40+00:00March 24th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|18 Comments

“The Banality of Heroism”

My Stanford psychology professor, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, and Zeno Franco, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology wrote a terrific article called “The Banality of Heroism.” Dr. Zimbardo ran the (in)famous Stanford Prison Experiment, so he knows how circumstances can make good people do bad things. This article is different—it’s [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:43+00:00March 22nd, 2007|Categories: Management|23 Comments

Interview with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google: “You don’t learn very much when you yourself are talking”

The guys at iInnovate posted a lovely interview with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. Among the topics they covered were: Anti-trust (with a beautiful deke to create “time and space” as we say in hockey) Innovation Competitive advantages Motivation of entrepreneurs Maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit Traditional and non-traditional organization design What Microsoft and Yahoo does [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:45+00:00March 21st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|26 Comments

The World’s Best Presentation Contest, a site for sharing PowerPoint presentations, today announced The World’s Best Presentation Contest. The judges are a “who’s who” of presentation gurus: Bert Decker, Garr Reynolds, Jerry Weissman, and me. Contestants upload their presentation files to, and people from anywhere can rate the entries. Their votes will determine the “People’s Choice” winner. The [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:47+00:00March 20th, 2007|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|29 Comments

ArseMail: The ARSE Followup

Bob Sutton’s book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, continues to, well, kick butt. It’s gaining notoriety across the globe and, more importantly, it’s usually in the top twenty sellers of Amazon. Here are some interesting factoids about the introduction of the book. 57,774 people have taken the [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:49+00:00March 19th, 2007|Categories: Management|14 Comments

2007 Digital Outlook Report

Avenue A Razorfish recently published the 2007 Digital Outlook Report (6230.6K). This report examines trends in the way consumers, publishers, and advertisers employ digital media to have a conversation with each other. Specifically, it covers the following areas: Digital Buzz Digital Media (R)evolution Search Consumer Dialogues: The Digital Class Measurement Op-Ed: What’s on Our Minds? [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:53+00:00March 13th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|16 Comments

Microsoft Small Business Summit

On Monday, March 19th at 11:00 am Pacific Time, I will be speaking on The Art of Innovation at the Microsoft Small Business Summit. This is a FREE online event that lasts for five days. There are approximately fifty eight sessions designed to provide small business owners with strategic insights from experts in business and [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:40:43+00:00March 11th, 2007|Categories: Innovation|14 Comments

Reality Check: MatchActivity

It’s Saturday night in California, and if you’re reading my blog, you need help. MatchActivity is a new dating site that enables people to find others who are interested in attending a particular event or activity. For example, these are men and women listing activities within fifty miles of Palo Alto. Activities that are shown [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:56+00:00March 10th, 2007|Categories: Books, Uncategorized|Tags: |20 Comments

The Gift of Work

I heard a sermon this morning called “Jesus & Your Job” by Nancy Ortberg of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. This is a wonderful example of a powerful message delivered in a powerful way. It contains an excellent description of what makes good leaders and how to derive the maximum value from one’s work. I doubt [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:40:49+00:00March 4th, 2007|Categories: Management, Pitching and Presenting|63 Comments

Great Expectations

On the day that Apple announced the iPhone, my eleven-year-old son decided that he wanted one. Since then he’s done chores above-and-beyond the call of duty in order to earn $500 to buy one. Fast forward to last week when this news appeared in the business press: NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:21:59+00:00March 4th, 2007|Categories: Apple, Cool Stuff|94 Comments