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Why We Hate Taylorism

Picture the Starbucks café at Squaw Valley, California, on a gorgeous summer morning near beautiful Lake Tahoe. It’s Sunday, 9 a.m., and everyone wants their latte or frappuccino. But the two Starbucks employees in the photo above continue blithely washing…

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The Man Who Named the BlackBerry

Entrepreneurs and startups face the challenge sooner or later, what are we going to call it? The web is full of amateur advice, not to mention plenty of lousy names for products, apps or companies. The path to a cool…

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Think Different

Think about Apple, and Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak comes to mind because, nearly a quarter century ago, a 33-year-old art director named Craig Tanimoto took the creative leap that changed history. Last week, within the cinder-block walls of a…

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Summer Smarts: Creative Travel

Twain did it. So did Ernest Hemingway. Not to mention Jack London, George Orwell, and, more recently, Pico Iyer. Travel, that is, designed to restore your creative flow and free you to stumble upon unlikely inspirations. Writers in particular have…

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