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Distractions

This morning I got up at 6:00 a.m., got a cup of coffee and went directly to the computer, where I planned to write a short chapter for an e-book about vacationing in Italy.  The screen opened to the Internet sites that I had left last night before leaving to teach my management class.  One of those was magazines.com, where I had intended, and now began to complete, a subscription request for Money magazine and New Yorker.  While doing so I clicked on the New Yorker Web site and noticed an article entitled, “How Paul Krugman found politics.” I clicked on it and began reading.  He was being interviewed at his condo in St. Croix.  Hmm.  I googled St. Croix and “surfed” there for a while.  By now, 35 minutes had passed and I had not written one word about Italy.

So my thought for day is about distractions.  Distractions can be time-wasting or they can be useful.  How can you and your organization use distractions in a positive way? And how can your customers’ and clients’ distractions be useful to you?

Now back to that Italy book.

America’s Meanest Cities

This week has seen the release of two more lists of places.  Usually, these “places” are of the “Best” type, as in Best Place to Lve, Best Place to Retire, etc.  For example, Money Magazine’s Annual Best Places to Live 2009 was about America’s best small towns.  But this week also saw release of another list, which was dubbed America’s 10 Meanest Cities.  It was released by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.  It ranked cities based on their criminalization of laws relative to the homeless.  Below are the two lists.  First, guess which list goes with which ranking, and then click on the links about to find out whether you guessed correctly.

1. Los Angeles, CA

2. St. Petersburg. FL

3. Orlando, FL

4. Atlanta, GA

5. Gainesville, FL

6. Kalamazoo, MI

7. San Francisco, CA

8. Honolulu, HI

9. Bradenton, FL

10. Berkeley, CA

5. Milton, MA
6.
Warren, NJ
7. Keller, TX
8. Peachtree City, GA
9.  Lake St. Louis, MO
10. Mukilteo, WA