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March 26, 2015

The Cacophony of Corporate Squawk

It's been exactly two years since Sheryl Sandberg published Lean In, her snappily titled womanifesto aimed at leveling the corporate playing field.

Now it's my turn.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you two other snappy words guaranteed to change the business world for the better:

Shut up.

No, really.

Please. Shut it.

Zip those runaway gabtraps, you prattling project technicians, twaddling strategery administrators, and Chief Blarney Officers.

The jargon of everyday business speak has become a dialect of dimwits, a patois of pretention:

Pain points, key wins, action items. Incentivize, monetize, synergize. Bandwidth, deliverables, mindshare.

We're living in a Dilberty jungle where everyone grasps lazily at and swings monkey-like from overgrown verbal vines, plucking low-hanging, overripe idioms and juicing them for all they've got as the excessive syllables drip down their flapping chins.

Stakeholders, thought leaders, white papers. Visibility, granularity, scalability.

Raise up, drill down, circle back.

The problem with empty catchphrases is they not only obfuscate your message; they expose you as a linguistic lemming with nothing valuable — nothing real — to say.

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March 12, 2015

Girl to Girl with Piper Kerman, Ex-Con

My interview with 'Orange Is the New Black' convict Piper Kerman. I wanted to talk dessert; she wanted to talk prison reform. Whaddaya gonna do?
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February 26, 2015

Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

The highs and lows of this nightly ritual leave ME exhausted. Can I get a tuck-in, please?
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February 25, 2015

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News item:

"City Desk" premieres this Friday

I'm joining the panel for Jerry Roberts' new TV show "City Desk" this week to wax ranty about the goings on of the day. Should be a hoot.

Premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on Cox Channel 17 and on the web at www.tvsb.tv

February 12, 2015

Immune to the Facts?

I'll say it: Those who declined vaccines when they lacked intel are probably better parents than the rest of us.
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January 29, 2015

Remember Boredom?

Studies show you're losing your ability to think creatively. Because you spend too much time reading my columns on your phone.
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January 15, 2015

New Year's Resolutions for Laggers

It's not too late to set some goals for 2015! And my friends and I have some suggestions for you ... Enjoy.
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March 26, 2015
The Cacophony of Corporate Squawk

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February 26, 2015
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Remember Boredom?

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