In today’s tumultuous times, it takes more than reading tea leaves to predict your future prospects. I read with not a little interest a couple of recent articles about my former employer, L’Oreal, the #1 beauty company in the world. First, there was the interview of the CEO of L’Oreal, Jean-Paul Agon, who expounded on […]
One of the (literally) elephants in the closet is the need to sunset and say good-bye to old tech. Last week, I finally threw out a beloved possession, my very first palm pilot (pictured below). It had two lives (read: two owners) and served us well. It was an innovation in its time. It was […]
Are you someone who pays attention to what you eat? Maybe you even consider yourself a “foodie”? When it comes to grocery shopping, I have learned to be significantly more picky over the years. Certain ingredients are forbidden, like hormone-treated meats; and, for a number of items (e.g. milk, apples, eggs…), it has to be organic. Whether or not […]
Gender & cultural differences abound After having attended the International Women’s Forum 2011 in Deauville, where I spoke about Muscling up one’s eReputation with the dynamic Caroline Ghosn (Slideshare presentation available here), I was happy to hear about a released study that confirmed that women and men tend to use social media differently. The study, […]
Group buying with a purpose For this week, I thought I would point out a fairly new initiative that is a twist on Groupon. It is group buying with an ethical flavor: ethicalDeal. As the site explains, ethicalDeal helps you discover the best green stuff to do, see and buy in your city, at exclusive discounts, through […]
A touch of grey (hair) proud of your greys? Companies talk a lot about bringing “diversity” into their organization. But, for all their stated desires, the fact of the matter is that it is easier said than done. Introducing or increasing diversity (be it more women, different ethnicities, people with disabilities, and those with grey hair) into […]
The documentary film, The Idiot Cycle, which took 10 years to make, documents how the rise of cancer can be related to the work of a number of chemical companies, such as Monsanto, Dow, BASF, etc. Among the core issues, the film puts the focus more on the cause rather than the cure.
Attended a most interesting INSEAD breakfast presentation last week by François Momboisse, President since 2002 of the FEVAD (the association covering eCommerce and distance selling in France). François is also head of international digital operations for the FNAC (a leading retailer of high tech and cultural goods). Herewith a little state of the e-business in France.
Taking a step back recently, I tried to think of all the industries that have been radically transformed by the tsunami of the Internet. Internet has a way of altering the way of the land in many different ways because, fundamentally, it changes the way we all communicate. The immediacy, mobility and multiway channels of […]
As you travel around and visit the various public toilets, you tend to come across an ever growing array of hand dryers. Nothwithstanding the different ecological benefits, which obviously vary between units, some hand dryers are more effective and sleek than others. Not that I have seen any list of top ranked hand dryers, although […]