Solve Your Problems By Writing

writing with pen and paper

Everyone in business finds themselves stumped at some point. Maybe it’s a problem that you can’t solve or a situation that you don’t quite know how to navigate or maybe your career is at a place that you don’t like and you don’t know what to do about it.

There are many tools available to help you through these kinds of situations but I have found that the most effective approach to solving a problem is to write. I’ll sit down with paper and pen or at my word processor and just start writing. Usually, within 800 words or so everything has become clear, my problem is not so difficult and I have a well-defined way forward.

Craig Mod on Subcompact Publishing

old honda

Digital publishing boy genius, Craig Mod, recently posted an excellent piece on his site that compares the changing auto industry of the late 60s to today's publishing business. It's insightful and worth your time if you've got any interest in where publishing, books and periodicals are going. Here's an excerpt:

Hundreds of meters long and wooden.
Worn and oiled.
Old and knotted.
Wide enough for a person.

Link: Has America Outsourced Too Much?

Has America outsourced too much?

Take a few minutes to listen to this podcast over on the Harvard Business Review website. In it Gary Pisano, Harvard Business School professor and coauthor of Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance, makes the argument that America is hurting its long-term ability to innovate by sending its manufacturing overseas.

Gary makes a compelling argument and avoids a politically partisan approach in the process.