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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Communication skills exercises, part 11: Quick and dirty escapes from conversation lulls

posted by Joshua on June 30, 2013 in Blog, Exercises, Tips

[This post is part of a series on Communication Skills Exercises for Business and Life. If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.] Don’t you hate getting stuck in a conversation lull? Neither person knows what[…] Keep reading →

Columbia’s 2013 Commencement

posted by Joshua on June 27, 2013 in Blog, Education

Last month Columbia invited me to walk in its big commencement for the twentieth anniversary of graduating college there. I don’t often get to dress in my medieval-looking PhD cap and gown, so I accepted. If you’ve never seen a Columbia commencement, it’s a great, stately affair with tens of thousands of graduating students and[…] Keep reading →

Leadership and United States’ spying

posted by Joshua on June 26, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership, NorthKorea

I’d like to look at some headlines from a leadership perspective. I don’t intend for today’s post to be political. Governments have needed secrecy and spying since before Sun Tzu’s The Art of War over two thousand years ago. People will also oppose governments that overreach their influence into their lives. Different people oppose different[…] Keep reading →

“Needs as understood”: How to start sales presentations — and conversations where you want to influence someone

posted by Joshua on June 25, 2013 in Blog, Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Tips

I’ve written before about a student group from Columbia Business School I still contribute to long after graduation called InSITE that promotes entrepreneurship and connects students at several schools including Columbia, NYU, Harvard, and Stanford to entrepreneurs. A recent post on InSITE’s blog by Lukasz Strozek, Stanford Business School 2014, described a challenge common in[…] Keep reading →

Google, strategy, and what your strategy says about you

posted by Joshua on June 24, 2013 in Blog, Freedom, Leadership

I’ve read a few articles recently how people are using search engines that track you less than Google in light of the spying. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for a while since I find Google so spooky. Nobody is challenging in Google’s dominance, but competition is increasing. Its search results aren’t as good as Google’s, but[…] Keep reading →