It's funny, when I started what we affectionately call BWN (BusinessWatch Network) that fateful day in May of 2004.
I never thought 13 years later I'd be thanking you, our readers.
Frankly, back then I wasn't even sure if business people wanted content delivered to their inbox to help them be more productive, apply key management strategies, promote career advancement, reduce their stress - and maybe get home from work a little earlier with less to worry about.
Tens of millions of article reads later - you have more than answered that question. Along the way we've selected thousands of articles that you, your peers, direct reports, managers and very likely your CEO have read. Our editorial staff has spends countless hours reading through articles that we feel could help you and your organization. Yes, computers, RSS feeds, and the internet have come a long way since 2004.
But my humble opinion: it is still best left in the hands of actual people to select the content that will benefit, ahh...well... other people!
More art than science - That's our mantra.
That said, The Publishers Corner is my way of inviting you behind the scenes, into the weekly Content meeting that creates your newsletter; to see not only how we selected your content but why we made the selections we did - and how we feel that content can be valuable to you. While I can guarantee that you won't agree with every article we select, or our reason for selecting it, I can guarantee that we will provide you with a different perspective about topics that can help you and your organization.
Contrary to popular belief, there was an evolution of Steve Jobs Management style during his career. Yes that’s right – even Steve Jobs recognized (albeit not publicly) when his Management style failed, and attempted to make course corrections the next time out.
I've had the pleasure of being on the ground floor of several successful technology startups, including the BusinessWatch Network. Having read Richard Branson's recent post, “What Does It Take to Be the Boss? Managers vs. Leaders” I'd like to suggest that determining whether you’re a "Manager" or a "Leader" is a matter of degrees.
I viewed most of my college business Professors quite skeptically, that is unless they had achieved some measure of success outside of Northeastern University. I was, however, very fortunate to have had several Professors that came to teach because their net-worth allowed them to do anything they wanted, and teaching was their choice.
70 Million Americans (26% of the US population) have some form of digestive illness. Of course, this statistic represents only those that have sought treatment. Given the sensitive nature of the disease and the high-cost of treatment, it’s reasonable to assume that if we added the number of Americans who have not sought treatment – it would be much higher.
Just about every NFL broadcast, and many other professional sports leagues, put Veterans front and center of their respective sport. On any given Sunday you’ll hear from Veterans that more often than not look like they played in the NFL. How are these Vets chosen by the NFL to be on National Television representing Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy (I won’t forget the Coast Guard?)
History will judge whether Elon Musk is perhaps one of the greatest entrepreneurial visionaries of our time, however, there is at least one entrepreneurial eventuality that he failed to see – his Facebook page. He shouldn’t feel too bad as he shares that distinction with approximately 1.4 billion people. What he failed to assess was the risk/reward he was taking IF Facebook successfully executed its business-plan. Neither did governments. Call me a skeptic, but I don’t think Mark Zuckerberg is uncomfortable giving interviews.
I originally posted this article just after inauguration day 2017. As an American one could argue there is more uncertainty within the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of our government than there was then, however, from my perspective the more things have changed since inauguration day 2017 the more they have remained the same.