How to speak truth to power

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I made a career out of telling important people things they might not want to hear. In my time as a technology analyst I spoke with CEOs, presidents, founders, and management teams at ABC, Best Buy, Cablevision, Charles Schwab, Cisco, Clear Channel, Comcast, Conde Nast, Cox, Discovery, EMI, HBO, Haier, Hearst, Home Depot, Intuit, Lifetime, … Continued

Disorder

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I’m in British Columbia right now, in a pine forest on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. And it’s a total mess. There are broken branches and tangled weeds all over the ground. Dead trees lying right next to live ones. Stuff just grows any which way. In any give space you might step on … Continued

Vancouver, both sides

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I’m visiting Vancouver to give a speech and take a vacation. It’s awesome. But not completely. Just a warning — this post starts as a sunny story but there is adult material coming, some heartbreaking, and not in a good way. If you don’t want that in your day, please just don’t read this. I’ve … Continued

Return on warmth

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This post is about solo practitioners, loneliness, generosity, warmth, and what you should say to the people you work with. I worked in organizations for 40 years. I was always surrounded by people. We shared so much time together that we got to know and care about each other. I spent half of that at … Continued

A snapshot of my high-end writing and editing business

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I’m now a little over four years into my corporate life as a freelance writer and editor. I try to be as transparent as possible. In that vein, today I’ll share a little of how I make a living, what works for me, and why. The work: writing and editing pay the bills In four … Continued

Free advice: how to give it, and how to take it

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I give lots of free advice. So do other people. If you’re going to ask me (or anyone) for help, I thought you might want to know how that works. How I give free advice Here’s a little peek into my business. People hear about my work with authors from my blog, from other authors, … Continued

How do I know that I am here?

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How do I know that I am here? Is my existence so uncertain? Is must be in the echoes on the Web, the comments on the blog, the likes and loves, the hahas that say, “Yes, we hear you, so you must exist.” Is my existence in the follower count? Is it measured in page-views? … Continued

What should I write about next for the Boston Globe opinion page?

I just posted another op-ed about Facebook. It’s here (subscription may be required). My next opinion piece can cover anything about technology, business, or marketing and how they are failing us, could be different, aren’t viewed properly, or whatever. If you had this megaphone, what would you shout about?