Finally, I thought as I read the Harvard Business Review piece claiming that Gen Y was no more likely to change the face and nature of the American workplace than any generation that had come before it and had been predicted to do likewise. Finally, someone admitting that the more things change and the more we talk about them changing, the more they stay elementally the same, especially in corporate America. As Andrew McAfee states: continue »
The 97th Tour de France finished yesterday and it was a stellar one, with an epic showdown for the yellow jersey, a celebration of 100 years of cycling in the Pyrenees, the cementing of Mark Cavendish’s deserved rep as the most dominant sprinter on the block and Lance Armstrong’s final (this time he really means it!) kick at the grand tour can. I confess that I’m kind of at loose ends now. Despite not having been on a bicycle since I was 12, I love the Tour unabashedly and will get up at whatever insanely odd hour is necessary to catch its yearly three-week winding around France (and neighboring countries). Chases! Crashes! Crazy fans! Beautiful scenery! Dudes beating each other with bike wheels!
I’ve tried to explain to non-fans what my fascination with this event is, but maybe describing it as “chess on wheels” was the wrong tactic to pique people’s curiosity. So, this year, I’ve decided to offer up three job-related lessons that I’ve gleaned from following the 2010 Tour de France instead. The things we can learn from spandex-clad men in funny helmets! continue »
This week, a hue and cry went up in the circles of folks who actually care about these things to smugly proclaim that Gen Y was going to put the final nail in the coffin of digital privacy. The fodder for this bold assertion? The latest report in the Pew’s Millennial series indicates that 69% of the “technology stakeholders and critics” surveyed agreed that, by 2020, Generation Y would continue to disclose a “great deal” of personal information and that their enthusiasm for widespread info sharing would remain undimmed even as they segued into a more mature life phase. continue »
Two alarmist teen tales making the recent media rounds gave me quite a chuckle. A weary chuckle, you could even say. In one corner, we have the (now widely ridiculed) FOX Cleveland piece on the possible emerging “trend” of nutmeg huffing among America’s youth. And in the other, we have The Early Show by way of The Washington Post reporting speculating on the increasing popularity of Twilight-inspired biting as a means of showing affection among middle-schoolers. At least the WaPo had the decency to end their headline with a question mark. continue »
“Please don’t make me sound stupid!”
That entreaty is the last thing Lex Gill says to me at the conclusion of our interview as she bounds out of the coffee shop with fellow G8/G20 documentarian, Justin Giovannetti, in tow to catch the beginning of the first (and most peaceful) of the past weekend’s anti-summit protests held in Toronto, Canada.