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The Bucket Theory of Work: Part I

Everybody was meant to do something. Everybody is good at something. Whether the thing(s) you were meant to do and are good at are career-worthy is another question entirely. A lot depends on when...

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The Good Idea Test

Want to get a quick sense of the vitality, leadership and sanity of an organization? Ask a very simple question: “What do you do with good ideas?” Good ideas die daily in dysfunctional organizations....

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Randomly Problematic

How do you solve a problem like “problematic”? The word has become a universal shortcut for describing something as having a problem, without actually specifying the problem. It also makes you sound more erudite...

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It’s Time to Regulate Facebook

Calls for the breakup of Facebook are reaching a fever pitch. The social network has come under fire for its flagrant disregard for privacy and security, for allowing everyone from anti-vaxxers to Russian hackers...

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Unpacking Canada’s New Digital Charter

On May 16, Canada unveiled its digital charter, which appears to be (perhaps unsurprisingly) more policy paper than charter. In fact, it reads more like a shopping list of programs already funded and “coming...

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Please Use Less Social Media

Social media has been good to me. It’s paid many of my bills over the last ten years during my time as a social media manager and digital strategist. It’s won me international awards....