Does Google control the new?, reading around April 12

TechCrunch: Does Google Really Control The News?

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Michael Hyatt: When Less is More — Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson publishers, says following the practice of “less is more” is a good way for companies to beat the recession.

The recession seems to be accelerating a drive toward simplicity. Many are realizing that complexity is inefficient and expensive.

We are currently focused on eliminating complexity in four areas:

  1. The number of meetings.
  2. The size of our teams.
  3. The value of our processes.
  4. The use of acronyms.
Question: What else needs to be challenged in your organization to make it less complex and more efficient?
WSJ: Tough Times for Town Fathers — Many small towns are dependent on some of the business leaders of the cities for financial beyond taxes. Now the business leaders are being squeezed financially and the small towns worry their momentum will stall

Yelvington: Don’t underestimate the importance of small talkSmall talk is a mechanism for opening channels of communication. It’s a tool for establishing social/conversational norms and overcoming our inbred distrust of anyone outside the tribe.

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