When Wall Street executives received hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses after receiving billions in government bailout money during the financial crisis, the popular reaction was outrage. Yet some on Wall Street were actually outraged by the outrage: The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitchforks and their hangman nooses,” said former AIG CEO Robert Benmosche. advertisement advertisement In the wake of the crisis and recession, despite the fact that nearly all the gains of the recovery have gone straight into the bank accounts of the wealthy, America’s billionaires keep doing things like comparing themselves to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany and talking about the ever-popular pitchforks. Many aggressively denounce policies designed to redistribute wealth as “class warfare.” It’s been noted extensively that if there is any class warfare happening, it’s the wealthy … [Read more...] about Where Are These Pitchforks That Billionaires Are So Scared Of?
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Big idea: Creating next-generation broadband networks — featuring speeds up to 100 times today’s standard — to spur the coming wave of online innovation. “Being a catalyst is an ambitious goal for us,” says Minnie Ingersoll, 33, about Google Fiber for Communities. “Pursuing high-speed networks that are open for third parties to offer retail service will lead to new business models. There will be new deployment techniques. Our guys are excited to dig up streets and experiment. And there will be new apps and services.” Cities such as Hampton, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; and prototypical everytown Peoria, Illinois, have already publicly stated they’re competing to be picked as test sites. “The response so far has been exciting,” she says. “Even cities that have broadband are interested.” advertisement advertisement Growing up geek: “I grew up in Pasadena, basically on the Caltech campus where … [Read more...] about Google’s Minnie Ingersoll Talks Fiber, Workplace Perks, and Surfing
Today is Tuesday, so this post is on positive personal impact. advertisement advertisement Abraham Lincoln once said something that applies here. “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” The idea of constantly striving “to be worthy of recognition” captures the essence of creating positive personal impact. As I point out in my book Straight Talk for Success, I have found in my executive coaching work that people who create positive personal impact have three things in common: People with positive personal impact develop and nurture their unique personal brands. People with positive personal impact are impeccable in their presentation of self. People with positive personal impact know and follow the basic rules of etiquette. If you develop and nurture your unique personal brand, present yourself well and use the basic rules of etiquette consistently, you will become recognized as a … [Read more...] about Build Your Brand So You Will Be Worthy of Recognition
You’re crazy! advertisement advertisement That’s something extreme athletes—the ones who risk their lives climbing sheer granite rock faces and skiing down the treacherous slopes—hear all the time. But a new “Question Madness”-themed campaign challenges that simplistic take on why these adventurers do what they do, presenting a deeper and, frankly, more moving and inspiring picture of what motivates some of the world’s most daring top-level athletes to go out and explore. At the core of the global digital content campaign, created by agency Sid Lee for the brand’s 50th anniversary, is “Question Madness,” a nearly two-minute anthem spot being released on Facebook today. Set to Cat Stevens’s “Miles From Nowhere,” it features breathtaking expedition footage from the likes of snowboarder Xavier De La Rue and climbers Emily Harrington, Alex Honnold, and Renan Ozturk, as well as other vintage clips from … [Read more...] about A New Campaign From The North Face Taps The Emotion Of Exploration And Adventure
TED Talks are everywhere. The California non-profit’s annual gatherings are at the center of global intellectual life; they’re just as likely to be parodied by The Onion as they are to show up in a classroom, a corporate retreat, or in a startup elevator pitch. TEDx is the wildly successful TED local spin-off program that brings TED-like talks to the masses … but TEDx faces a credibility problem. Some talks have introduced previously verboten topics such as alien abduction and crystal power, along with scientific assertions that didn’t check out in basic peer review. advertisement advertisement Local affiliates, working with minimal oversight from the TED mothership, bought fringe science and unlikely ideas into the fold–causing blowback from TED’s established audience. While crystals may indeed have mysterious powers, they haven’t been proved in empirical experiments. One TEDx event held on December 1, TEDxValenciaWomen, featured … [Read more...] about TED’s Tricky Branding Challenge