Watch Your Sources

There was an infographic in Bloomberg Businessweek which attempted to show the difference between the reaction to news events of the so-called ‘Twitterati’ to the rest of the population (using sample polls as a measure of that).

The infographic shows that 48% of people polled were positive about President Obama’s second inaugural address. 13% of tweets were positive.

There was discussion around the last election about whether the polls were accurate and representative, but clearly, we can see there’s a difference between what the polls say and what Twitter says. Whatever, when you’re looking at data, consider the sources, and how that might twist what you’re looking at.

Audio Blog: Twitter, I Don't Like It

I'm sure there are going to be a few people very upset with me. I frankly don't care.

I do not like Twitter.

I've used it, and I don't like it, and I'll tell you why.

Audio Blog: Stories At Work

At some point, we are going to do a couple of podcasts, perhaps 10, 20, 30, I don't know, regarding culture in the workplace. A big part of culture at the workplace is stories we tell one another.

I read a "Harvard Business Review article" a while ago, it may have been over a year ago, in which companies were decrying the fact that employees weren't speaking up.

Audio Blog: Toast

Some of you have probably heard me talk about this before. Email is a scourge on all of us, most days. I see all kinds of email behavior, all the time - at clients, everywhere I go. And the one thing that surprises me the most, and this goes back to some comments I made in the last couple of years about continuous partial attention, is people being notified every time they get an email.

Audio Blog: Three Way Economic Systems

And the answer really is folks: they don't work.

When you think about almost any economic system that exists today, there is a buyer and a seller. The seller has something the buyer wants and the buyer expects the seller to give him or her a fair price. There is an inherent negotiation that happens whether the negotiation includes price or not is irrelevant. A negotiation about economic value, their physical or service value for economic value.

When two parties are involved and there are two things being exchanged, economics is incredibly efficient.

Our New Audio Blog, and "Transitions Lenses"

The Audio Blog is going to be a regular installment of Manager Tools. Our intent is to provide you information on about a weekly basis about things that interest us that we find different or amusing or surprising about management that perhaps don't make a strong enough case to be a podcast, or in many cases are not actionable.

We like our weekly casts and our monthly casts to be actionable. That's very important to us, because we know it's important to you.