The mystery of The New York Times’ anonymous op-ed: a ROAM analysis

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The New York Times posted an op-ed from an unnamed “senior official” who is managing the chaos in the Trump Administration. To truly understand what’s going on here, you need to look at the writer’s motivation. ROAM is the perfect way to do that — but in this case, it only deepens the mystery. The … Continued

9 reasons why thought leaders must embrace their competitors

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It’s a nasty, noisy world out there. It’s easy for your own ideas to get lost in the cacophony. I’m here to tell you what you don’t want to hear: make friends with your competitors, quote them, and give them credit for their great ideas. I came to this realization after collaborating with people who … Continued

Will I see you at CM World Cleveland or INBOUND 2018 Boston?

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This is a busy week of speaking for me, with two speeches about Truth and Influence. I’ll show you how to think clearly and promote your ideas without losing your integrity. If you’re in Cleveland at Content Marketing World, see me at 10:15 am tomorrow, Wednesday 5 September. The topic is “How to Think Like … Continued

New Yorker editor David Remnick justifies his about-face on Steve Bannon

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David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, agreed to interview former Breitbart leader and Trump advisor Steve Bannon on stage at The New Yorker Festival. Then, on second thought, he decided not to. Changing your mind is hard; justifying it is even harder. The challenge here is that Bannon is the self-acknowledged leader of the … Continued

Labor Day for the self-employed

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I’m working today. A lot of you have today off. But I’d never trade my independent life for a job again. Here’s what it means to be an independent freelancer. It means I get to savor the joy of concentrating on work for a whole day today while the rest of you are at the … Continued

Did Brianna Wu get shafted by the Globe’s choice of photos?

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Brianna Wu may be the most tech-savvy candidate running for Congress in Massachusetts this year. But would you vote for her or her opponents on Tuesday, based on this set of photos that appeared in the The Boston Globe’s guide to the primary election? The guy on the left is incumbent Stephen Lynch, campaigning. The … Continued

Truegle: Building a Google clone that lives up to Trump’s ideals

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Donald Trump has accused Google of bias, saying that 96% of Trump News searches result in media with a left-wing bias. His economic advisor Larry Kudlow has said the government will look into regulating sites like Google. To determine the validity of Trump’s complaint, let’s invent a new Google search called “Truegle” that would live … Continued

How you can achieve Ikigai, fulfillment

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There’s a graphic making the rounds; I first saw it posted by Jeremiah Owyang. It’s about the “Japanese concept” of Ikigai, or “a reason for being.”   This graphic attracts us because the circles — what you’re good at, what you love, what the world needs, and what you can make money at — are … Continued