Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees! Adding a new chapter to the research that cemented the phrase “six degrees of separation” into the language, scientists at Facebook and the University of Milan reported that the average number of acquaintances separating any two people in the world was not six but 4.74 (http://tiny.cc/v6jvd) How Blogs Influence Purchases and Recommendations: bloggers comment...
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Your Guide to planning a Great Conference: ten very good tips for putting on something valuable and memorable (http://tiny.cc/cw9jn) Setting the Stage for Creativity: Most offsite strategic retreats occur in a resort boardroom with an elegant table and comfortable chairs, a notepad and perhaps a copy of some important charts laid out before everyone’s place. Michael Roberto, a management...
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What Is Sony Now? At 69, Sir Howard Stringer’s time as CEO of the unwieldy electronics giant is running out. Can he and heir apparent Kazuo Hirai turn it around? Listen to the Bloomberg Businessweek Podcast (http://tiny.cc/e9vbd)
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How Social Technologies are Extending the Organization: McKinsey’s fifth annual survey on the way organizations use social tools and technologies finds that they continue to seep into many organizations, transforming business processes and raising performance (http://tiny.cc/yd820) Mastering Marketing in Social Media: PR Newswire offers up three in-depth cases (http://tiny.cc/bw6wl) Meet...
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Get FLVRD! This site is organizes by emoticons and runs the gamut of content from design to social experiments to advertising. Its architecture is quite cool (http://flvrd.com/)
World’s Most Influential Designers: From design thinkers to hands-on design doers in industries from graphics to industrial to auto design, BusinessWeek’s chosen 27 luminaries represent a diverse cross-section of design disciplines. But all those selected have one thing in common: They are in some way responsible for shaping the world around us (http://tiny.cc/nl27g) How Yummy is this...
VW Beetles through the ages: as one of autodom’s most iconic cars gets its latest makeover, here’s a look at its evolution over the last 75 years (http://tiny.cc/n9679) 40 Strangest Agency Names, and Where They Came From: the stories behind the industry’s most oddly named shops (http://tiny.cc/xagbc) Gatorade Goes Back to the Lab: PepsiCo is bringing the original sports drink...
Quotes on Creativity provided by my colleague, Pavan Kumar: “The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.” – Alfred North Whitehead “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good” sense.’” – Pablo Picasso “As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better...