The Focus Group Holiday 2014 Special is Tim and John’s version of the company party—minus the Secret Santa. Paul Hagen of Metrosource magazine will be along for the ride, with the movies everyone should have seen in 2014, and a live preview of Casual Fridays Season 2, the official podcast of the Focus Group. Join the conversation and get ready to share a memorably comic holiday moment at 866-305-6887.
The giant sucking sound you might be hearing from Manhattan this week is probably the vacuum of media and marketing insight being created by New York Times buyouts.
Stuart Elliott, the newspaper’s longest-serving advertising columnist, has announced he will be “taking part in the (generous) buyout offer the Times has made to longtime employees.” After more than 23 years in the role, his last day will be Dec. 19.
“For many, many years covering advertising, marketing and media, I’ve written about people [who] are ‘leaving to pursue other interests’ or leaving ‘to explore career opportunities’ or even to ‘spend more time with (his/her) family,’” Elliott said in a Facebook announcement about his retirement. “Now I am going to be one of those people. ... It is scary, and exciting, and I want to thank everyone who has helped me all these years in tackling this demanding job.” Full Story »
The pen is dead. It was murdered by the finger.
I first realized this last week when my girlfriend asked to borrow a pen to sign the back of one of those paper check things.
“Sure,” I replied, picking up my laptop bag to rummage inside. I pulled out a succession of rectangular-shaped gadgets, but there was no pen to be found.
“Hmm, maybe we have one upstairs,” I said as we both began a detective-like search for anything that resembled a vessel for ink. We scoured the home office, kitchen drawers, bedrooms, even looking through our cars. But again, no pen. Full Story »
Student advisees often come to my office, rubbing their hands together, furrowing their brows and asking me to walk along with them as they ponder life after graduation. Just the other day, a sophomore made an appointment because he was worrying about whether he should become a doctor or a philosophy professor. A few minutes later, he nervously confessed that he had also thought of giving stand-up comedy a whirl.
As an occupational counselor, my kneejerk reaction has always been, “What are you most passionate about?” Sometimes I‘d even go into a sermonette about how it is important to distinguish between what we think we are supposed to love and what we really love.
But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey? Full Story »
When the National Football League last week drafted its first openly gay player, Michael Sam, he joined a roster of recent firsts — from the first out nightly news and morning-television anchors, United States senator and pro-basketball player.
But one major realm of society lags behind: corporate America. There are very few openly gay chief executives at the nation’s 1,000 biggest companies.
While some might be out in their personal lives or be widely assumed to be gay, none has spoken publicly about it the way Mr. Sam and other public figures have, which signals how far behind corporate America still is. Full Story »
Happy Financial Literacy Month! We go through the financial moves you should make every month, but April—being tax month and Financial Literacy Month—is a great time to start as any. Here’s what you should be doing in the next few weeks.
You can simply set calendar reminders for yourself, and start thinking about your “financial calendar” the way you do your social calendar. You’d never neglect to send your mom a birthday card after jotting it down on your calendar—so treat important tasks like saving for retirement, preparing for taxes, and donating to charity in the same way. Get ready for a much more organized month (and year)! Full Story »