The Human Factor

Tim Rickards
How to effectively communicate based on better human understanding...and other things that attract my attention.
Created 25 Jan 2021
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  • 3IT--September 27
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    1) It’s a common lament in the business world: We’re data-rich but insight poor. With SO many numbers floating around, I tend to anchor certain key statistics to help me keep up. We ingest a whole bun...
  • 3IT--September 20
    20 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    1) Whodini once famously asked, “Friends. How many of us have them?”1 They were talking about “real” friends, the kind you count on through thick and thin, the kind that last. Writing for The Atlantic...
  • 3IT--September 13
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    1) “But can we be certain?” is one of the most difficult questions to answer. In most areas,1 there is the possibility, however slight, that the thing we expect to happen will not, or that our explana...
  • 3IT Sept 7
    07 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Oddly enough, it’s been about three months since the last 3IT, and three major events that occurred during that time have occupied my attention and time. But the dust has cleared, so to speak, and I l...
  • 3IT--June 15
    15 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    A quick note: Your intrepid columnist and social observer will be in transit over the next few weeks, so deliveries of interesting things may become a bit sporadic. (I missed last week, in fact.) We l...
  • 3IT--June 1
    01 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 0 4
    Recently, I wrote to you about how relevant I find Alan Tofler’s “Future Shock” even though he published it 50 years ago. His description of our difficulty adapting to the velocity and volume of chang...
  • 3IT--May 25
    25 May 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    Having grown up in the pre-Internet era, I have a fondness for tangible things, or “things made of things” as a friend once described it. This applies doubly for paper1, particularly books. And while ...
  • 3IT--May 17
    17 May 2021 • 1 min read
    Some weeks, my reading does not coalesce into a unified theme. Sometimes, it’s just random AND interesting. So, here are three interesting things (and bonus links!), plain and simple. 1) Making choice...
  • 3IT--May 10
    10 May 2021 • 2 min read
    Based on the comments and emails I’ve received recently, many of us1 are experiencing a slightly confusing and specific time right now. And although it’s hard to evaluate events when you’re in the mid...
  • 3IT--May 3
    03 May 2021 • 2 min read • 1 3
    In his famous analysis of modern life, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler compellingly describes how the increasing velocity of change in our world can cause a disillusioned emotional stasis, an inability to...
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