The Siemens PLM social media team kept going long after the conclusion of their event. Here’s one of the wrap-up blogs.

Have you noticed the changing sections at bookstores lately? Over the past 18 months or so, I’ve noticed that the once huge computer sections have shrunk dramatically. Also the business book sections. Lots of fiction. Lots of specialty books. The “philosophy” section is often devoted to Buddhism and Taoism. New Age is still pretty hot. So what happened to computing? No new programming languages to learn? Have we seen enough of the quick solution, light-weight business book?

Jim Cahill discusses the very timely issue of safety at Emerson Process Experts.

Speaking of safety, I’ve been interviewing for an article. A couple of conversations about risky behaviors. And on how a series of decisions that each one alone may appear to be only low to moderate risk add up over time to a major risk. (Think BP in the Gulf…) I think these exhibit patterns. I’ve seen it throughout my career. It’s not so much the one decision, or even a series of decisions. It’s the pattern and acceptable behavior of cutting small corners here and there. Unsafe workplaces, poor quality, poor manufacturing performance are among the results of such sloppy or duplicitous thinking.

Here’s a presentation on inspiring kids pointed out by Garr Reynolds on the Presentation Zen blog.

The tyranny of the urgent. Heard that for the first time at the very first motivational management seminar I attended. Michael Hyatt discusses setting time aside specifically written in your calendar to actually work!

Robert Reich argues that “We Can’t Rely on Foreign Consumers to Rescue American Jobs.” The analysis is sound. You may not all agree on the prescriptions. But that’s what makes politics interesting.

Leo Babauta discusses the elements of change in this Zen Habits post.

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