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Essays about how we communicate and why it matters.

Worst Communicators Ever


Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

The other day, dozens of tornados swept through the Midwest. Lives lost. Property destroyed. Such widespread and severe storms are unusual this late in the year.  ..

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Ambivalent Blogger


Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Some years ago I heard the author Russell Banks speak at Cincinnati's Mercantile Library. He said something to the effect that 19th century Americans who could read and write deeply valued their ability to do so. They believed they had something to say – that others wanted to hear – and they believed in their ability to say it.   ..

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Less Tech


Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

The three days of northern Michigan wet and chill were beautiful, but I spent most of them inside. Once the sun came out – which happened just after I posted my ode to technology – I didn’t think about my gadgets at all.  ..

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Technology on Vacation


Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Our friends down the Peninsula reminded us that we left “some sort of speaker” at their Little Cottage last year. They thought we might want to take it to the cottage we’re renting this month.  ..

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Month Away


Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Here is how Month Away starts: I finished Cutting for Stone last night. One of the best novels I’ve ever read. My husband and son, now headed back to Cincinnati, are taking it back to the library. [Tonight. Right?] ..

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Show Me Your Thinking


Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

1814. The United States is more than two years into a war we can’t afford. And can’t afford to lose. Albert Gallatin has left his post as Secretary of the Treasury to help John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay and a few other diplomats negotiate a peace treaty with the British. Everyone knows that peace is inevitable and will happen soon. Still, each side stalls, reengages and stalls - depending on who won the latest skirmish across the Atlantic and how the European powers seem to be realigning, now that they’ve driven Napoleon into exile. At least for now.  ..

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Speed to Market


Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

Speed to Market requires an idea that’s been vetted and an organization that is set up to deliver. The best companies employ a full regimen of tools and processes to make it happen – best practices for generating ideas, assessing competition, estimating sales, testing messages and managing the work, just to name a few. ..

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