Christine Barney

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Earthquake Interrupts Sandra Bullock’s Yoga Class at iPad Event Featuring Miss USA and Cast of "Lost"

Caught your attention? Yes, this headline is a shameless attempt to grab readers who are searching these words at this very moment. The internet is a wealth of information so why is it that the most popular search terms seem built around natural disasters, celebrities and new gadgets? I was inspired to ask the question when I saw this image in the Sunday New York Times Magazine article, “Putting a price on words” by Andrew Rice.

The story goes on to interview several news site leaders about how they value their content.  And, repeatedly they said the most popular articles had “sex, scandal or Sarah Palin” in the headlines.  If people self-select their news, do they only consume what they like, not what they need? How many consumers read the details about the Greek economic meltdown versus campaigned to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live?  Is that like asking how many kids would actually choose the cut apples over the French fries at McDonalds? Is the next generation just more interested in lifestyle versus hard news?

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By |May 17th, 2010|Blog Post|6 Comments

The Business "Fear Factor"

Along with millions of jobs, another casualty of the economic downtown is business innovation. While necessity may be the mother of invention, lack of job security is the father of a corporate culture of fear. Are we losing our business nerve? If taking action might cost us money, is it better to do nothing? Is […]

By |March 25th, 2010|Blog Post|1 Comment

No Jerks Allowed: How to Build a Civilized Workplace

Recently I spoke at the United Way’s Women’s Executive Leadership Luncheon.  Rather than follow the format of speaking on my career path, I chose to talk about one of the key ingredients in my recipe for business satisfaction and success – eliminating jerks from the workplace.

The cliff notes version of the talk, “No Jerks Allowed: How to Build a Civilized Workplace” is that a civil workplace is not done solely for altruistic reasons by “soft and fuzzy” managers. (And don’t get me started on people who think because I’m a working mom, I’m a “nurturer” nut. I’ve known plenty of jerks who were women and mothers.)  Simply put, if you eliminate jerks you will see greater business results.  You will:

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By |March 3rd, 2010|Blog Post|1 Comment

The Art of Editing

When Jonathon Schwartz exited Sun Microsytems after it was acquired by Oracle, he signed off on Twitter with a haiku.  A haiku paints a picture and stirs emotion with a brevity of language, three lines, that is all the more powerful because of its simplicity.  It is harder to write less than more.  A phrase […]

By |February 11th, 2010|Blog Post|0 Comments