Many years ago, a tennis coach of mine told me that every shot in the game is contextual. For example, some shots only make sense under certain circumstances. Tied at 5–5, deuce in a decisive third set inheres a different mindset than being down 5–1, 40-love in the first.


Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work

Below is an excerpt of my new baby Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work. In it, I set the table for the rest of the book.


I’ve have the pleasure of talking to dozens of authors over the years. During those often fascinating conversations, I have learned that a book’s backstory is often as interesting as the idea behind the book itself — if not more so. …

Regardless of the specific language, you can’t get far in computer programming without Booleans. I’m hardly a proper developer, and I’ve known as much for more than 30 years. (Thank you Carnegie Mellon.)

As you can see below, the and statement connotes exclusivity.

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I often think about…

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

I suspect that just about every author has walked into a bookstore and asked the following questions:

  • That book is on the end cap? (#SMH)
  • Why would anyone buy that author’s books? He’s a hack.
  • Where is my book?

Ditto with…

These are particularly valuable as glue to stitch together hubs and spokes. That is, I can get Expensify to "talk to" Slack via Zapier. #ReimaginingCollaboration

Long before I could call myself a professional writer, I read quite a bit.

Many times, I had no choice over what I was supposed to read. This included hundreds of texts in high school, college, and grad school. In my consulting days, required reading included:

  • Confusing corporate policies
  • Long…

I’m betting that you have found the last year or so mentally challenging. I sure have. At least we can take solace in the fact that we’re not alone. Consider the following statistics:

In June of 2020, the American Psychiatric Association revealed that:

  • 36 percent of Americans say coronavirus is…

What’s my new book about in 82 fun-filled seconds?

Watch below to find out.

Phil Simon

Keynote speaker, trainer, advisor, recovering college professor, and award-winning author of eleven books, most recently Reimagining Collaboration.

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