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A Conundrum

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
A Conundrum

Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question. Be Careful What You Ask For This falls into the “be careful what you ask for” column. This morning I was listening to a podcast about the economics of the movement for a $15/Hr. minimum wage. The movement has gained a bit of momentum and has the […]

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Hire When You Find Them

July 13, 2016 0 Comments
Hire When You Find Them

Much has been said recently about the dichotomy in our U.S. workforce. We seem to have a significant level of unemployed and “under employed” people, but a shortage of the folks we want/need. Ever since the great recession, folks have been worried about who to hire and when. In my view, this question has always […]

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Contingent

June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Contingent

Contingent: 1.) subject to chance. 2.) occurring or existing only if certain other circumstances are the case; dependent on. “Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have […]

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There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

April 6, 2016 0 Comments
There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

It has been said that “There are only 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who do not.” For the non mathematically inclined reading this blog, an explanation may be helpful. This joke mocks phrases that begin with “there are two types of people in the world…” and relies on […]

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Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

April 23, 2015 0 Comments
Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

In his TED Talk Paul Tudor Jones II said: “… we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in a very narrow, almost monomaniacal fashion with regard to how we value them, and we have put so much emphasis on profits, on short-term quarterly earnings and share prices, at the exclusion […]

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Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

April 15, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is not keen on the internet and where it’s taking us. Keen has taken on the conventional wisdom that the internet is a democratizing force lending power to the little guy and disrupting the old school “bad guys.” A strongly opinionated polemic–the passion of the converted believer is palpable in his writing. I […]

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Just-In-Time Talent

January 21, 2015 0 Comments
Just-In-Time Talent

Uber is all the rage. Not so much because of its service but more for the business model. Our cars sit idle most of the time. Our buildings sit unused much of the time. Our employees use their special talents only a small percent of their work day. We can get very talented artists to […]

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Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

This book, and writing this review, was a trip through memory lane for me! Having spent more than three decades in the semiconductor and high technology space, the people listed in Isaacson’s excellent book were almost all familiar to me. Some I have met, others I have listened to in presentations and almost all I […]

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Technology and Jobs – Part II

October 15, 2014 0 Comments
Technology and Jobs – Part II

It’s like buying that new car — once you own it, you see the same model everywhere. Since I decided to start voicing my concern about where we are headed with technology and jobs, I’m finding that I’m not alone in my concerns. A friend and colleague, David Salahi, has been listening to my “diatribe” […]

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Employment Trending to Zero?

September 24, 2014 0 Comments
Employment Trending to Zero?

Recently I attended TEDx Orange Coast. As always, this was an exciting and challenging conference with many “ideas worth spreading.” [Links to the talks won’t be available for a while, so I’ll update this post when they are.] For example, Nanea Reeves presented a view of why women may be struggling to gain their fair […]

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