Culture and the Extinction Level Event

Corporate culture has been a topic of conversation for as long as I can remember.  Whether it is a potential job candidate wanting to know how the company works to senior management looking to maximize productivity, everyone looks to the culture the company fosters as the key indicator of employee - and by extension, company - success.   It is also the most intangible thing to quantify and generally is only truly knowable through observation.  

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The Wizard of Woz

So this last week was the 30th anniversary of the Mac and that got me thinking back to the early days.  My first "personal" computer was an IBM 5150 I purchased back in 1982.  It had a whopping 576k of memory, twin 5 1/4 floppy drives (because I was living large) and a Hercules graphics card that displayed all the colors you could want provided all you wanted were black and green.  This was long before there were things like hard drives, and I paid more for this than I did for my car: to wit, my Honda Civic cost me $1200, and the 5150 was nearly $11,000.  Oh yeah, and the thing weighed about 7 pounds less than the Honda.

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Wearing your heart on your sleeve (or wrist, as the case may be)

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, most likely you have heard about wearable technology.  If you have been living under a rock, then thank you for making this one of your first stops...

When the topic of wearable tech comes up, most people immediately get an image in their head of a wristwatch but the range of devices is much greater than that.  Defining the category, wearable technology is either clothing or accessories you can wear which incorporate computer or other electronic capabilities.  The intent is to incorporate practical functions and features designed to make some facet of life easier.  More often than not, the tech is also intended to make some sort of fashion statement.  For the remainder of our time today, let's abbreviate wearable tech as WT.

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