To Be or Not to Be: The Art of Business Jargon
Novelist Frederick Dillen explains how jargon is inherent to business communication and how, at times, its use can obscure the ideas being discussed. Using jargon blindly leads to superficial communication and lazy thinking.
Work is More than the Sum of its Parts
Novelist Brigid Pasulka writes about the need to view work as part of something greater than the day-to-day details. Is there a larger purpose to the work you’re doing? We are often so caught up with our daily responsibilities that we become far-sighted as a consequence. We lose contact with the long-term goals of the work we do.
Happy People Make Work Creative
Australian novelist and screenwriter Graeme Simsion recalls his previous life in the consulting industry. Looking back as a writer, he examines the intimate relationship between happiness and creative work.
My Remarkable (Business) Ignorance
Acclaimed essayist Phillip Lopate reflects on how someone with reasonable intelligence can be so unintelligent about business life. The problem, according to Lopate, is simple. You cannot understand business if you don’t care about making money.
Novelist Scott O’Connor tells the story of a childhood friend who earned his first salary by helping his neighbor with daily chores. But what started as an early lesson in business evolved into a something more personal.
Go Sell a Toilet
Business advice from writer Jim Gavin, who recalls his alternative life as toilet salesmen in Southern California.
Good Business is a Conversation
Amy Sohn–journalist, screenwriter, novelist, editor–looks back on her career to offer some advice: Err on the side of over-communication, work on two projects at once, and drink Earl Grey tea.
Why I Like Starbucks
Small businesses are appealing. The employees at a local bakery, a local restaurant, or a local coffee shop are genuine. They care. They know who you are. David James Poissant reflects on how growth and size threatens the intimacy that helps small business flourish in the first place.