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Connecting the dots.

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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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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Gen Y? Explain Why.

Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

Gen Yers only read the subject line of an email. That is, if they read an email at all. ..

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Spring Training

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

The 2012 Major League Baseball season officially begins today, with the first of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. For the rest of the teams, it is still Spring Training.  ..

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