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Author archive for Bob Allen

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    Good Old Systems

    May 15, 2018

    A while back, I discussed (politely, with just a light dusting of snark) what I call the “danger of...

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    Cultural Exploration

    May 1, 2018

    Travel broadens you, they say. Well, exploring other cultures doesn’t always require a passport. I spent the weekend at...

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    Me and Mrs. Bush

    April 18, 2018

    In the early summer of 1992 I got a call from my boss. “Bob, I need you and your...

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    Real Magic

    April 9, 2018

    He was burnished auburn and had a philosopher’s face and began a slow and methodical descent, each hand and...

  • Awesome Gig!

    February 26, 2018

    IF THE ANSWER IS YES TO THE FOLLOWING…

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    The Tyranny of The “Thing”

    February 3, 2018

    I am not a qualified cultural anthropologist, but I’m going out on a limb and suggesting that we live, perhaps...

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    Scrooge’s Gift

    December 25, 2017

    “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old...

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    On Saturdays

    November 13, 2017

    Let me be clear first-the traumatic brain injury that we now know happens in contact sports-specifically football-cannot be left...

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    The Future Might Be Okay

    October 23, 2017

    I had a great moment last week. After waiting in line for technical difficulties to be solved (see end...

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    Reunion

    October 9, 2017

    I didn’t do the high school or college reunion thing. I have often been just the faintest bit envious...

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    Is It Marketing or Sales?

    September 18, 2017

    I was surprised when I recently Googled this question. Not because there was so much out there but because...

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    Collaboration, Partnership and Filling Vacuums

    July 10, 2017

    I admit an experience-based bias here. I come from music, filmmaking and immersive entertainment design—disciplines that are that are...

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    Bringing Your Gift

    June 11, 2017

    A year ago this weekend, a man, a very broken and damaged man, killed 49 of my neighbors and...

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    DOGMA & Values

    April 2, 2017

    DOGMA A point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds. VALUE Important and lasting insights...

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    RFPs Hinder Innovation

    February 1, 2017

    RFP stands for Request for Proposal, but it may as well stand for Recipe for Plain. When big companies...

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    Branding an Election

    August 8, 2016

    There will be no politics discussed here! That said, the presidential campaigns are fascinating when viewed through the lens...

  • Working Toward Real Community- Why Local Voting Matters

    October 14, 2015

    In his collection of essays entitled “Love, Sex, Economy and Community”, essayist and small farmer Wendell Berry says: “The...

  • Save The World

    October 8, 2015

    There’s an attention getting header. At a recent meditation retreat, I had an insight- maybe. Let me use Facebook...

  • The Forbidden City

    September 23, 2015

    This is my fourth trip to China and oddly, I always seem to be here right around this time...

  • The Rhythm of Business in China

    September 21, 2015

    The rhythm of business here is based around a relatively reliable cycle. First, a trusted third party known to...