Sunday Music: That Beyoncé Documentary? Yes, You Should Watch It

8+ months of prep. The work, the effort, the sacrifice that went into creating the performance are as staggering as the performance itself. Anyone who appreciates production and design can find something to appreciate here, even if you're not a card-carrying member of the Beyhive. No detail is left unattended, and even if I could … Continue reading Sunday Music: That Beyoncé Documentary? Yes, You Should Watch It

Communicating Connections

Not everybody knows astrophysics, but everybody knows Star Wars and Beyoncé. As professionals, we have an obligation to put things in terms people can understand. Not to obscure or mispresent the truth, but to create a “good enough” analogy that enables understanding and drives appropriate behavior.  When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently spoke with James Altucher, they spent a … Continue reading Communicating Connections

Ask Jay-Jeeves

"Content might be king, but distribution is the kingdom." - Derek Thompson, author of Hitmakers Post-Napster, the digital music war moved from illegal to ugly as the practices were legitimized and real business sprung up. YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Pandora, and others competed for consumer's attention and loyalty. If they were selling bars of soap, … Continue reading Ask Jay-Jeeves

Sunday Music: New Releases From Nas, Black Thought, And Nameless Others

Nas dropped Nasirthis past Friday. Relative to the other EPs Kanye has just put out, I'd say it's not quite Daytona, but it comfortably holds second place. There's moments here where we get classic Nas, like when he goes full-Shakespeare / Bible / Godfather on "Adam and Eve." More of that please. Somewhere else in … Continue reading Sunday Music: New Releases From Nas, Black Thought, And Nameless Others

Saturday Catch-up: Patty McCord, Netflix, and Company Culture

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord was on Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz this week. Suffice it to say her book (Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom) just got bumped up on my reading list. Like Beyoncé, you can’t do it alone - so how should you think of the people you surround … Continue reading Saturday Catch-up: Patty McCord, Netflix, and Company Culture