Barter, A Pandemic Success Story

Barter, A Pandemic Success Story

Barter, a system of exchanging goods and services for other goods and services, has been around since 6000 BC or thereabouts. While largely overlooked in these days of formal monetary systems, bartering has outlived countless conflicts, epidemics, Acts of God and,...
Adios, Industry Trade Show

Adios, Industry Trade Show

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way the world does business. Restaurants, shopping malls, mass transportation and sporting events, to name just a few, will differ from what we remember. Some will cease operating entirely. Let us hope that industry trade shows...
Death of the Business Suit

Death of the Business Suit

The men’s business suit died a few days ago. In hard pressed cities like Boston and New York suits were “passing” quickly, two and three pieces at a time. And, as was the case with so many fatalities during these button-downed times of quarantine, nobody was there to...
The Dunbar Number

The Dunbar Number

My daughter, who has been wrestling with the task of paring down a guest list for her upcoming wedding, has decided to invite one hundred and fifty friends and family members. Budgetary considerations notwithstanding, two hundred meant having a less personal event,...
Business Success and Employee Happiness

Business Success and Employee Happiness

You may not have heard of Frederick Winslow Taylor or W. Edwards Deming, both long dead, but their influence is still felt.  They advocated, among other things, the need for a more efficient, continuously improving workplace; a company would succeed so long as...
Wearable Sensors in the Workplace

Wearable Sensors in the Workplace

A number of startups are developing systems designed to use wearables to improve workplace productivity.  These devices can monitor, among other things, stress, fatigue, movement, even brain activity. The goal, according to some wearable sensor proponents, is to...

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