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June 11, 2009 - 9:23pm
Every summer, blog traffic slows down a bit, which usually occasions some musings on better marketing. So, some musings on titles... “The” is so much more powerful than “a,” or even a number. Compare: A List of Ways to Run Better Meetings Okay, it's clear, but I'm bored before I even get to the end of the phrase. 7 Ways to Run Better Meetings The '7' suggests at least some level of discipline (or finitude), but it still lacks a certain urgency. The 7 Secrets to Better Meetings
June 11, 2009 - 9:12pm
Since I was raised as a country boy, with an inherited scorn for city-dwellers and "flatlanders", I've never had much of a taste for high population density. But as I get older and wiser (if only by comparison), the potential of cities is starting to look attractive. Not necessarily the current actuality of cities, but what they could be. What they might be starting to be. What we're finally figuring out how to make them.
June 11, 2009 - 12:28pm
... AAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHH! I just read an item that explained how a Nestle bottled water plant in Pennsylvania was awarded LEED Gold certification by USGBC.
June 11, 2009 - 12:22pm
A Times piece a couple of days ago, “Michigan Works to Remake Itself Without King Auto," says that “About 800,000 jobs have been lost in the state—about one in every six—since 2000, and its unemployment rate has reached 12.7 percent, higher than any other state.
June 11, 2009 - 4:29am
Like Tolstoy's unhappy families, every bad meeting is bad in its own particular way. Some elements of lousy meetings are common enough to be recognizable from afar: domination by blowhards, poorly constructed agendas, leaders playing “guess what I'm thinking.” But even without the obvious hazards, meetings can go wrong in so many ways that those of us who endure more than most learn pretty quickly to lower our expectations.
June 10, 2009 - 9:19pm
3 disasters connected to Kansas I’ve watched happen recently: 1. What’s the Matter with Kansas?
June 10, 2009 - 12:07am
Yes, friends, the time draws nigh.
June 9, 2009 - 9:53pm
This time of year brings with it the annual flood of program reviews, employee evaluations, and end-of-year wrap-ups. (Between the academic year and the fiscal year, we hit the 'reset' button on July 1.) That means that the second half of June becomes an exercise in speed reading and diplomacy.
June 9, 2009 - 4:02pm
A story on NPR this morning spoke of how, while it's going downhill slower than the financial or manufacturing sectors, agriculture is starting to suffer from the current economic crisis.
June 8, 2009 - 10:24pm
The Chronicle and IHE each have articles about succession planning for college administrators. They're both relatively supportive of hiring internal candidates, and for many of the same reasons.

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