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Emergency plans are in full swing as our nation and those around the globe mobilize to fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s encouraging to see our country’s mayors and governors, coupled with our brilliant scientific community, leading the charge in facing this public health crisis. On the business front, many leaders are calling for the federal government to alleviate the pain small businesses and their employees are facing.  Thrust to the forefront is the importance...

Practicing Social Isolation and Social Solidarity

What keeps you awake at night? Is it worries about money, work, the economy, personal safety, terrorism or the current political climate? Yes … it’s all that, according to two Stress in America polls conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2016 and 2017. Another contributor to your stress: social, broadcast and print media presenting news (real or fake), especially the messaging that uses negative rhetoric intended to make you hopping mad … and keep you engaged. Inflammatory content  In a...

Time to Find the Bright Side of Daily News

We’re now weeks away from the official start of summer here in the northern hemisphere. In theory, we should slow down and spend more time outdoors enjoying our natural surroundings. Everything is supposed to be lighter during summer months—the days, clothing, meals and ambitions. As such, our consumption of media often takes a hiatus from heavy material, too. That’s why this month I’m recommending content that left me smiling (and one bonus that didn’t but...

Where Will This Summer Lead You?

I will never donate to certain charities. It’s not that I don’t support their missions; it’s because they keep asking my dead parents for money. After numerous attempts to halt the haunting mail through the U.S. postal service, email and phone requests, the solicitations keep coming— now to my home address 1,500 miles away from where my parents once lived. I don’t ever want my survivors to experience the same emotional pain from such persistence....

List Management in the GDPR Era

In recent weeks, I’ve read and watched tales of two very different entrepreneurs who both led their companies to calamity. They marketed a product or event well before it was ready in order to gain publicity and investors. In both instances, a contractor (among many others) hired to do marketing eventually challenged the CEOs to prove they could do as advertised or pull back on claims. This is perhaps one of the prickly parts of being...

Marketers vs. Makers: What Happens When They Don’t Play Well Together

The Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, and all things pumpkin have transitioned to everything peppermint. Perfect time to feast on a film, a feature and a podcast to both incite and inspire us during the next round of holidays. [watch] The price of monitoring online content. The PBS series Independent Lens recently aired an excellent documentary on offshore content moderators paid to screen and often block controversial pictures and videos. The filmmakers juxtapose young Filipinos hired to...

Arbitrators of Content: When Censorship and Satire Go Too Far

We all want to be better in our chosen careers, right? One of the places where I frequently find motivation and inspiration is in a handful of competitive television shows that bring out the creative in me. And one that I’m currently binging on is the start of this month’s recommendations. [watch] The Great British Baking Show. Season 5 is now on Netflix, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been a fan of this competitive...

Recommended: The Ingredients to a Great <strike>Cake</strike> Career

I still recall that long weekend in San Francisco when the parking gods smiled down on me. With one exception, great, free, relatively spacious spots (for easier parallel parking) materialized right when I needed them. An empty parking space appeared in front of our Noe Valley AirBnB on an 8% graded hill; then upon visiting Golden Gate Park on a busy weekend; and later, across from my daughter’s apartment in the crowded Richmond District. Even...

Park Yourself Here: What to Read, Listen to and Watch

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