Most people don’t think of collaboration in terms of hubs and spokes.

They should start.

In fact, hub-spoke model is the fulcrum of my new book on collaboration. Trust me: I’m not unique in viewing collaboration in this manner.

The top brass at Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom don’t look at their wares as traditional software programs. Rather, they view them as internal collaboration hubs. Asana, Jira, ZenDesk, and other third-party apps and systems serve as spokes. Even better, thanks to Zapier, IFTTT, and Workato, everyday employees can connect hubs to spokes without much technical proficiciency.

Make no mistake: This is a big deal. …


What’s it like writing for one of the most popular websites in the world?

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I should know. For about a year starting in March of 2012, I wrote a series of articles for Inc. (Read them here on the Inc. site if you like.) In total, I penned 23 technology- and business-related articles for the site. In this post, I’ll distill some of the lessons I gleaned from this very interesting experience.

  • Writing for sites such as Inc. enhances your profile, brand, and SEO. Inc. isn’t like Medium or LinkedIn. On those sites, anyone can publish just about anything. Put differently, there’s exclusivity to writing for Inc., Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, and the like. …

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I’ve been on a reading rampage as of late, even more than usual. Blame or thank my iPad and a pandemic. That’s not to say that I read every business book that comes my way. Authors and publishers like sending me them because I write for some high-profile sites.

It’s not that difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. (I’d argue that the following list applies to public speaking as well, but I’ll focus on books.) I’ve come to the realization that most good business writing includes ample doses of each of the four elements:


I for one appreciate it when authors have done their homework and can tie current events to historical ones. Have we seen this movie before? Where? How is the present similar/different from the past? …


Phil Simon

Keynote speaker, trainer, advisor, recovering college professor, and award-winning author of ten books. Latest: Slack For Dummies and Zoom For Dummies.

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