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Phil Simon
Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology expert. He is the award-winning author of seven management books, most recently Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It. He consults organizations on matters related to communication, strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Quartz, The New York Times, FoxNews, and many other sites.

Entries by Phil Simon

The Booming Business of User Data

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 3:30 PM

There's a well-worn saying in the tech world: If you're not paying for the product, then you are the product.

Put differently, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and other web-based services make oodles of cash while paradoxically being "free." (Alright, maybe not Twitter, but you get my point.)


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Overcoming Our Work E-Mail Addiction: My Interview with Vicki Salemi

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 9:49 AM

If you feel the constant pull of electronic leashes at work, you're not alone. It turns out that many people are in the same boat while on the clock--and even off it it.

I recently sat down with consultant and columnist Vicki Salemi to...

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Why Big Data Is an Increasingly Big Deal in Colleges

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 7:09 AM

Not too long ago, I announced a pretty significant career change. Yes, I'm returning to academia to teach at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. I don't think that I could have taught at an institution clinging to the past. Fortunately, that doesn't...

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From Crisis to Calling: An Interview With Sasha Chanoff

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 4:04 PM

If this election season has manifested anything, it's our nation is divided on many issues. Perhaps no issues inhere more controversy than immigration and refugees.

Against this backdrop, I recently sat down with Sasha Chanoff, co-author of From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions. Chanoff is also co-founder...

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How Big Data Is Changing Conventional Lending

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 11:27 AM

It's no overstatement to say that new technologies and Big Data are upending many traditional industries. Sure, there are multi-billion-dollar darlings such Uber, AirBNB, and Lyft that are seemingly in the news every day. Make no mistake, though: Many other types of mature industries that usually fly under the radar...

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SEO and Small Businesses: An Interview with Mark Cenicola

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 3:51 PM

I have run a small business for a long time now and it's been downright fascinating to watch the technological sea change that has taken place. As I write in The New Small, no longer are the most powerful tools only the purview of large enterprises. Even in this most democratic...

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Adult Hoop Dreams: An Interview With Bruce Williams, Jr.

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:43 AM

For a long time now, I've been a fan of basketball. I've never been a particularly good player, but it's fun to watch and a great workout. I also write about it from time to time on my site.

It turns out that many professionals aren't willing to give...

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It's About Time: An Interview with Comedian Gary Gulman

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:25 AM

I'm of the belief that there's always a downside to technology.

Take the Internet, for instance. Sure, it's extremely democratic. It has allowed just about anyone to write a book, share stream-of-consciousness thoughts via social media, post photos, record a video, and the like. As a result, there's more...

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The Increasing Importance of Data Visualization: An Interview with ZingChart's Thomas Powell

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 9:26 AM

While it has been around for centuries, never before has visualizing data been more important. It's a key point in my previous The Visual Organization. Of course, many people understand the importance of visualizing information in innovative ways, and today I sat down with one. Thomas Powell, CEO of...

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Don't Call it a Midlife Crisis: An Interview with Barbara Bradley Hagerty

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 9:46 AM

Over the last six months, I've been thinking about a career change. Nothing drastic, mind you. I'm not going to teach French poetry or anything. Still, at my age, the prospect of becoming a visiting professor is appealing and I'd like to make that happen.

It turns out...

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The Business of Photography: An Interview with Alison Toon

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:20 PM

'm old enough to remember life before smartphones. These days, just about everyone in the industrialized world is carrying around portable minicomputers. We post more than 350 million photos every day on Facebook alone.

I imagine that life as a professional photographer has changed considerably in the last ten...

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'Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble' by Dan Lyons

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 12:08 PM

What do you get when you put a fifty-something ex-Newsweek reporter in a startup environment rife with new, mostly white college graduates? I was curious, so I read Dan Lyons' How about Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

Based on the title, subtitle, and excerpt I had read,...

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'Negotiating the Impossible': An Interview With Deepak Malhotra

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 10:21 PM

There's a reason that Getting to Yes has sold untold copies: Negotiation is an essential skill and many people aren't terribly adept at it. On a professional level, I have left considerable funds on the table over the course of my career. Only in hindsight did I realize...

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'Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus' by Douglas Rushkoff

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:55 AM

Amazon has rarely been in the black over its twenty-year history, yet its investors have generally been ecstatic. Why? The company's sales continue to rise and so has its stock price. One could argue that Wall Street wouldn't be hammering Twitter so hard if the social network could break its nagging...

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The Problem with Traditional Performance Reviews: An Interview with Tamra Chandler

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 4:18 PM

It's no overstatement to call employee performance-management reviews torturous. For decades now, they have been the bane of many organizations and their HR departments. Lawsuits aren't entirely uncommon. Most recently, a group of Yahoo ex-employees has taken the company to court of its review process. There may be...

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Do You Need to Write a Book to Become a Public Speaker?

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 8:50 AM

Many people want to call themselves public speakers. If I had to guess, it has to be one of the most desirable professions. For many people, it's probably up there with sports broadcaster and reality TV star.

It stands to reason, then, that ambitious types want to know how to get paid...

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What the Internet of Things and Big Data Mean for Car Safety: An Interview with Neil Cawse

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:16 PM

Technology and data have transformed many industries--and obliterated others. (Been to a Blockbuster Video lately? Bought a BlackBerry in the last five years?) It's no overstatement to say that a great deal of change is on the horizon, even in traditional areas. I've said many times that all companies are tech...

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'Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing' -- A Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 2:44 PM

I've long despised five-point listicles and other obvious clickbait. For instance, google "5 Steps to Writing a Best-Selling Book" and you won't exactly stump the world's largest search engine. Many books these days intentionally contain numbers in their titles for marketing reasons.

Posts and books such...

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The White-Collar Superhero: An Interview with Richard Lindenmuth

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:56 PM

If it seems that executive turnover is on the rise, you're right. Recent examples include United Airlines, Dupont, and Twitter. (With respect to the latter, interim CEO Jack Dorsey officially returned as full-time CEO late last year.) In many cases and for all sorts of different reasons, boards...

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Dream Theater's John Petrucci Talks About 'The Astonishing'

(5) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 11:07 AM

For more than 30 years, Dream Theater has pushed the boundaries of progressive rock and metal. Aside from being incredibly talented and proficient musicians, they're actually all very nice guys. I've had the pleasure of meeting them all over the years and I've even interviewed keyboardist extraordinaire Jordan Rudess about a...

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