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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

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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How the Internet of Things Changes Traditional Design and User Experience

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 2:18 PM

Although the term user experience is hardly new, its rise over the last few years is nothing short of precipitous. Don't believe me, though. A quick look at Google Trends reveals that it has never been more popular:

Make no mistake: Design is no longer an afterthought at...

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6 Radical Ways to Reduce Email

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 3:03 PM

The word radical is one of my favorites. It stems from the Latin word for root, radix. In fact, the English term doesn't veer that far from its Latin origins. Among its meanings is "arising from or going to a root or source; basic: proposed a radical solution to the problem."

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Around the World in 228 Pages: 'Air' by Vincent Laforet

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Throughout my travels, I've visited my fair share of cities. As I took off or approached one via airplane, I try to peer out the window to get a unique perspective of where I am going -- or where I had been. This was especially while flying at night, as...

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Smart Cars: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Fifteen years ago, the dot-com bubble imploded. Naysayers and traditional business types struggling with ridiculous stock valuations and newfangled measures (read: clicks, eyeballs, and the like) felt vindicated. Sure, a few successful companies emerged from the boom, but far more startups back then resembled Kozmo.com and Pets.com than Amazon,...

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Talking Analytics with Frank Armour of American University's Kogod School of Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 5:50 AM

As I wrote in Too Big to Ignore, the era of Big Data and analytics is here. To this end, many colleges and universities are getting with the times. (My own alma mater Carnegie Mellon has launched an interdisciplinary program around data science.) But CMU is hardly...

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Talking App Development With Tajddin Maghni

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 7:20 AM

People often forget that the original iPhone shipped sans its iconic app store. That's right, before "there was an app for that", there weren't any contemporary apps at all.

Of course, that has changed considerably over the past few years. These days, there are more apps than ever....

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Marillion: Unconventional -- An Interview With Tim Sidwell

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:16 PM

I've been to many proper concerts over the years and even a few festivals. (The opening night of Rush's 2002 Vapor Trails tour in Hartford, CT on June 29, 2002 was a particular highlight.) At least for me, though, none quite compares to the Marillion Weekend from April...

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Standard Deviations: An Interview With Gary Smith

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 8:15 PM

More than a century ago, Mark Twain famously said, "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." It's a great quote that is more true than ever. As I wrote in Too Big to Ignore, in an era of Big Data, there is tremendous opportunity and arguably more incentive to create, ignore, and...

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Understanding the Power of Web Data: An Interview With Shion Deysarkar of Datafiniti

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 7:00 AM

When most people think of data, highly structured Excel spreadsheets come to mind. Many folks are shocked to learn that the vast majority of data today is actually "messier" and unstructured, a point that I make in Too Big to Ignore. What does that mean? Think YouTube videos,...

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