Tom writes that: "It is the foremost task—and responsibility—of our generation to re-imagine our enterprises and institutions." Check out this cool story at CNN and Space.com detailing how NASA may re-imagine itself by turning to "privatization" and "small, entrepreneurial firms." If it means going to Mars, we say go for it!
Our friend Dave Dorff emailed us this fascinating speech by Physicist Richard P. Feynman with the following comment, "Here's a piece of history—may take some concentration to read (at least it did for me)—but considering it was written in 1959, it's enormously insightful for today's science and technology."
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Second item on the Wall Street Journal's blog has this little item about a visit to Washington, D.C., yesterday.
What touched us most, though, was that our hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, had gone out of its way to honor Reagan. At the front desk were three monochromatic bowls of jellybeans—one each red, white, and blue. When we got to our room, the bed had been turned down, and in place of the standard chocolate were a small package of jellybeans and a card with the famous quote: "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Not only a fitting tribute, but the kind of customer service we, well, mostly read about.
Now that my business is growing bigger, should I concern myself with branding when even my logo is homemade on my computer?
When one of their readers asked about branding, Dr. Ned Roberto and Ardy Roberto answered with a little Tom.
Ashraf Oozeerally defines aesthetics management (and quotes a little Tom) in lexpress:
Ideally speaking, aesthetics management should begin with a thorough status quo, an AS-IS analysis of every aspect of a company's or brand's visual and sensory identity to project necessary aesthetic outputs (corporate expressions) while identifying how customers perceive the organization's current inputs (corporate impressions).
Business 2.0 has a nice article on a "touchy-feely" B-School class at Stanford. Our favorite point: "Give away secrets. It pays to tell a newcomer some of your faults." Kinda like that good 'ol "without wax" metaphor Boyd and Ron are always talking and writing about.
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