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The End of Telecommuting at a Tech Giant? February 28, 2013

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When I recently read about Yahoo!’s move to bring all staff, including telecommuters, back into the office, it just baffles me. Why would a technology company not embrace technology to get work done, no matter where the physical staff members are.

Here’s what I understand:

“To foster collaboration, Yahoo announced it will require employees to work at the office instead of allowing them to telecommute”. 

Work is work, whether it’s from home or at a work station. The majority of us have to deal with traffic, commuting costs and children in school. But most of us don’t work with a tech giant either.

This policy can cut both ways, and the Yahoo situation is unique. It says its culture needs to change. Well, bring people in every day, for a time, and create the new culture. At that point, and if the new culture is successful, working from home could be re-established. What do you think?

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Social Media, Time To Make Some Business Sense February 26, 2013

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Well, here it is folks.

Following my last blogpost, my business partner and I are pleased to to bring you a one day Social Media workshop. We will limit attendance to only 20 people, and will be held in Singapore. That is all we can cope … for now.

Details can be found at http://vervempr.com . Let me know if you are interested in attending or if you have questions. See you guys there!

February 26, 2013

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February 26, 2013

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February 25, 2013

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Compared to the kids in this piece, I still remember that I was over the moon when I got my first handheld computer game in my teens.

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(Craig Campbell)– Last Friday, my visiting parents and I drove to Hampshire College to take a look at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. For a 10-minute bus ride and $6 admissions fee, I recommend the museum for anyone who has ever read a picture book – that is, everyone.

The gallery displayed original drafts of illustrations from a variety of classic children’s literature, including a special exhibit on Charlotte’s Web, anniversary illustrations by Maurice Sendak, and Carle’s own tissue paper collages that make up the striking images in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As I browsed the collection, I perceived a distinct sense of familiarity with many of the images; I had evidently read the stories at some point in childhood. Although I couldn’t put a finger on the narrative associated with any of the pictures, I felt, on a visceral level, what I had…

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2nd Month of 2013, Time to Get Back to Being Techie February 22, 2013

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Now that we have cleared New Year and Chinese New Year, I think most businesses in Asia are getting back on their feet and starting to roll back into life. Google has announced today that they are launching Chromebook Pixel, which means more Cloud Computing and in turn fires up the Social Media scene to a new level.

There are still companies out there who think that Social Media is all about fun and games on Facebook and Twitter. All I can say is that they are missing out an avenue to communicate and understand their consumers.

My business partner who is a PR expert and myself have been asked many times how useful is social media in an organizations. While have we tried explaining how things work over coffee and drawing at the back of napkins, we thought it will be a whole lot better if we just hold a workshop. But we are going to limit the number of attendees so its cozier. It will be taking place early next month in Singapore. So stay tuned.

February 22, 2013

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