Join Rita's Mailing List!

Fun

Technology organization charts - some humor sent to me

Many a truthful word is spoken in jest and is that ever true about these technology company organization charts! Check it out just for laughs here. read more »

Filed in:

Out of touch Telco Managers and my colleague Tom Stewart’s response!

"Shocked, Shocked" says my dear friend Tom Stewart of a recent report in the New York Times that Telecommunications operators felt "out of touch" with their customers.  What do you mean?  That call to a robot in which you are asked to enter your customer number, only to reach a real person and be told to enter your customer number? The completely incomprehensible pricing models for wireless data plans? Being charged for... read more »

Filed in: ,

Quote of the Day from the album KMAG YOYO (which is a rather rude military acronym)

Just bought this album by the irreverent Hayes Carll and laughed out loud at this bittersweet line:  "Boy, you're not a poet, just a drunkard with a pen!" Hey, we can't be serious all the time! read more »

Filed in:

T-Mobile & AT&T!  Oops…just kidding around about the network thing, honest!

Apple has certainly inspired a lot of imitators. Among them a series of ads in the "I'm a Mac / You're a PC" vein basically insulting AT&T's network coverage.  Oops.  And worst of all, they can't even pull the ads – once its out there on the Net it never goes away.  Hey, was that Verizon smirking in the background…? read more »

Filed in: , ,

Advice for would-be media darlings - A hilarious YouTube series

I ran across some truly hilarious examples of desperately awful speaking to the media on YouTube.  The series is a set of short clips, beginning with Media Coaching Example #1, in which a beauty contest competitor answers … well, tries to answer…a question about poor educational standards in the United States.  It's deliciously ironic that although she is talking she makes no sense.  The advice?  Be prepared.  Media Coaching Example... read more »

Filed in: ,

Unintentional irony - the “Oh Never Mind” file

This picture from a 1999 advertisement for British Petroleum:   read more »

Filed in:

The C-suite is becoming a dormitory!

Or so says Barbara Gyde, who as director of marketing for Columbia Business School’s Executive Education division ought to know.  My brother, the sourcing genius who follows these things, just sent me a link to the latest C-level executive acronyms which I found completely hilarious.  It sure is getting pretty crowded in there. read more »

Filed in:

Women mentoring women

Although not part of the typical topics of my blog, I ran across this quote and couldn’t resist.  It was in ForbesLife Executive Woman (Summer 2008) on the hectic schedule and professional accomplishments of April Foley, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary.  She is a dedicated mentor to other women herself, and quotes Madeline Albright: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women” That’s one... read more »

Filed in:

Tricks of the mind - and why proofreaders have such a difficult time

Sent to me by my brother, with observations from my mom that the power of the human mind to capture information is quite remarkable.  It also helps us understand why good proofreading is so difficult.  I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a... read more »

Filed in:

Dumbest moments in business 2007 - I do miss Business 2.0

Each year, I had come to look forward to Business 2.0’s compilation of idiotic things that happen in the world of business.  As that magazine is now unfortunately defunct, Fortune appears to be picking up the onerous burden of remining us all just how Stupid people in business can be sometimes.  Here are a few that I hadn’t heard about before checking out the list (you can find a complete... read more »

Filed in:

Student Ratings get creative

This one is just for fun – it’s the rating scale Mac’s students proposed he use for readings in his entrepreneurship course: Rating / Rating description 1 / Mac, this was horrible. I feel dumber for reading it. Please send replacement brain cells to my home address 2 / I just didn’t like it or get it Mac. Maybe a couple more martinis would have helped 3 / I could... read more »

Filed in: