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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. 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, Fast Company, The New York Times, FoxNews, and many other sites.

Entries by Phil Simon

Thoughts on the Future of Productivity: An Interview with Brent Frei

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Employees at both large and small organizations struggle to get work done more efficiently. Sure, cloud computing is here and many IT departments have loosened restrictions. More than ever, productivity apps are flooding organizations. If it seems like there's an app for everything these days, you're right. What's the perfect...

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Hand. Cannot. Erase. -- An Interview With Steven Wilson

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 9:36 AM

Steven Wilson is at it again. The critically acclaimed and über-prolific musician and producer has released his fourth proper solo album. His body of work is beyond impressive, especially when you factor in the albums he has remixed.

His latest effort...

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New Solutions to Old Problems

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:45 PM

Mario Andretti once said, "If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

It's one of my favorite quotes, and its business applications run the gamut. Put differently, safe is the new risky. Companies that cling to legacy business models, technologies, and mind-sets have always run the risk of...

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How Developers Are Using New Platforms to Innovate

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Go to any tech conference these days and you are likely to hear plenty of talk about platforms, software development kits (SDKs), and application programming interfaces (APIs). The general theory is that companies can realize significant benefits when external developers take their products and services in...

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Rush Announces 2015 R40 Tour

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Canadian legends Rush have announced a 2015 tour. From the band's recently redesigned website:

Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August...

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Personal Development for Software Developers: An Interview With John Sonmez

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Developers have never been in greater demand. These days, they can seemingly write their own tickets. Despite their increasingly valuable skills, many developers and techies could use some help dealing with people. (It's a major theme in my forthcoming book, Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is...

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Talking 'Bout the Skins: An Interview With Legendary Drummer Billy Kilson

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:40 PM

I can think of no drummer that engages his audience better than Billy Kilson. Sure, the guy's got massive chops, but the man works the crowd like a skilled frontman.

I recently sat down with the...

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Is Spotify Fair to Musicians? A Chat With Mark Kelly

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Taylor Swift recently declared war on Spotify and pulled her catalog from the streaming service. The company's CEO, Daniel Ek, responded with a claim that his company has paid artists more than $2 billion.

The fundamental question is one of fairness. Are artists being...

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Crowdsourcing Healthcare

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Do you whip out a map while you're driving these days?

At work, do you send letters or intraoffice memos like Don Draper does?

Do you still own a fax machine?

Of course not.

Thanks to technology, just about every industry has dramatically changed in the last 20 years -- with...

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Review: The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:34 PM

In five years, will your doctor be taking orders from a tablet and an algorithm? It sounds farfetched, but cost pressures and technological advances are leading us down that very road.

Google is one of several companies trying to bring driverless cars to the masses. Sophisticated CAD programs...

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Proprietary APIs: A New Tool in the Age of the Platform

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:52 PM

For a long time now, apps like FlightAware have helped millions of air travelers track the location and status of their flights. If you're picking up your friend at the airport, it seems odd these days not to know the time at which he or she will arrive--even with inevitable...

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Return of the Artisan?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 12:39 PM

The digital revolution in music has always faced outspoken critics. Some have complained about harsh digital sound. Many lament illegal downloads. These days, musicians protest paltry revenue from streaming sites like Pandora.

Fortunately for dedicated listeners, some of these critics are also famous artists who seek to deliver a more engaging...

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The Two-Book Release: An Interview With Aaron Goldfarb

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:19 PM

I recently sat down with Aaron Goldfarb to talk about his two new books: The Guide for a Single Man and The Guide for a Single Woman (Foundry Group Press). Aaron and I have known each for four years, meeting via...

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Far and Near: An Interview with Neil Peart

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:09 PM

From a very early age, I've been a fan of the Canadian trio Rush. I recently had a chance to sit down with Neil Peart, the band's longtime drummer and lyricist. A prolific writer, Peart has just published

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Thoughts from Pubcon, Day One

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Started in London with only 75 people in 1999, Pubcon kicked off today in Vegas. Today, attendance routinely reaches the thousands. From its humble beginnings, Pubcon has become the premier social media and optimization conference. (See my interview here with Lane Ellis.) Here are some thoughts from...

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An Interview With Steve Rothery

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Back in November of last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Steve Rothery, the guitarist and a founding member of the English band Marillion. At the time, Rothery was in the midst of his first crowdfunding project.

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Calling Bulls**t on Authors United

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:50 PM

The Amazon-Hachette dispute continues to play out, and yesterday Authors United tried to circumvent Jeff Bezos by going directly to Amazon's board. From their letter:

Amazon has every right to refuse to sell consumer goods in response to a pricing disagreement with a...
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The Gospel According to Breaking Bad: An Interview With Blake Atwood

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:51 PM

I scare my friends with my knowledge of Breaking Bad. I'm always on the lookout for different takes on the series. To this end, I recently sat down with Blake Atwood, author of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. Here...

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Book Review: Dataclysm

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 7:56 PM

Many books have been written about Big Data, and I'm the author of two of them. While the topic is well trodden, we understand far less about what companies are actually doing with this information. As I know all to well, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and their ilk don't exactly...

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Book Review: The Organized Mind

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:15 AM

I just finished Daniel Levitin's The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Disclaimer: I received a review copy gratis via the publisher.

Here's my review.

Levitin's topic...

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