Dan Naden

A perilous moment in Round Rock, Texas

It’s not often that opportunity comes whizzing by your head, but on one mild spring night in Texas, it came…
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Status meetings: Value-add or productivity drain?

A group of co-workers stare down a deadline. How will the project get done? This project has huge expectations. If…
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When’s the last time you talked with your customers?

Have you heard someone say?: “To have a friend, you need to be a friend.” Can this quote be repurposed…
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How NOT to introduce someone to your team

A manager hires a new worker and can’t wait to get her started. He gets her settled in her new…
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Dell wants us to do more; I vote for less

Standing in the long, plodding security line at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, I glanced skyward. What else is an…
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It’s the people that count

I’ve been around more product launches/refreshes/reworks than I can remember. Each experience introduces its own unique pitfalls and opportunities. Throughout…
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A missed opportunity for airports

Is there an opportunity to create a ‘real-time/face-to-face’ network within airports? Connecting with associates and friends over LinkedIn or Facebook…
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Believe you can’t get noticed with direct mail? Think again.

Looking across the headlines these days, there are some highly-evident truisms: There’s strife in the Middle East Our elected leaders…
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It’s fun; it’s nearly free; it’s jump rope.

Thankfully, I’ve always been a devotee of exercise. Most mornings, I rise before the sun and raise the heart rate…
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What a tapir and termite taught me about the power of interaction

There are just some days that you’ll always remember.  Months, even years could pass, yet a few singular days remain.…
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Chuck E. Cheese’s childhood magic leads to adult dullness

If there’s a children’s birthday party frequent flier club, I am approaching medallion status. When I walk into the Castle…
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A cautionary tale: the Smartphone names of the future

Smartphones (Android, iPhone, Blackberry) are omnipresent and show no signs of ceasing. Apple has done a dazzling job at creating…
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Team meetings: Despite the pushback, keep having them

In a global world, you’ll typically work with professionals that are time zones apart. You’ll sip your morning coffee and…
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Make an Effort — Personal

It pays to make an effort.We can easily walk in a daze throughout life. We never stop to realize, “You…
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