Were Postcards America’s First Form of Social Media?

Before We Posted Our Family Christmas Photo on Facebook, We Mailed Images of Our Idealized Selves and Lives to the People We Loved

My great-grandmother, who was born in the 1880s, passed away when I was about 11 years old. Looking back, it is fairly obvious now that she was a hoarder on a colossal scale, but since this predated reality television, we tended just to say she was a packrat. As we cleaned out her house in rural Missouri, there was something special waiting: two boxes brimming with postcards. These were not of the “wish you were here” variety depicting washed-out hotel swimming pools and palm-tree-lined boulevards. These were older, more elaborate—variously …

It’s Time to Talk About Your Feelings in the Conference Room

It May Sound Silly, But You’ll Have Better Meetings If You Ask Your Colleagues How They’re Doing Before You Get Started

How should you start a meeting?

Some say it’s not how you start but how you finish. As someone who has built a career helping leaders run meetings that are enjoyable …

Will the iWatch Conquer Google Glass?

The Rise and Fall of the Pocket Watch and Wristwatch Offer Some Clues

Several centuries ago, a technological innovation encouraged the development of individual privacy, secrecy, mobility, and connectivity. It was called the pocket. Sewn into jackets, bodices, skirts, and pants, the pocket …

Dear Dying Crackberry, I Haven’t Forgotten Your Pleasures

The Blackberry Was the Most Coveted Workplace Perk I’ve Ever Seen. What Accounts For Its Demise?

I resisted getting my first mobile phone for quite some time—being reachable anywhere, anytime seemed a dubious luxury—but almost as soon as I caved I was once again made to …

Shaurma No. 1 (Baku, Azerbaijan)

Becoming a Regular

Shaurma No. 1 is not for girls. At least, it’s not for the kind of girl who wanders in in a tank top at 7:30 in the morning because she …