Business Innovations

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GREATEST BUSINESS INNOVATIONS OF THE LAST FIFTY YEARS:

Yellow stickies: To the office what duct tape is to the home.
Wheelies: A back-saving device that turned almost all baggage rectangular.
Tetris/Solitaire: A justification to carry around a $10,000 PC.
Etch-a-Sketch: The training tool for reading any PDA.
Scan button on the car radio: Allows you to multi-listen while speaking on the phone.
Virtuality: Allows you to be anywhere and work—or not.
Self-adhesive postage stamps: Why did it take so long?
Cigarette lighter in cars: Created the hole to plug in car phones.
Felt-tip pens: The ultimate doodle machine.
Conference calls: What other tool allows us to attend meetings without being there?
WORST BUSINESS INNOVATIONS OF THE LAST FIFTY YEARS:

Powdered cream: A cup of coffee ruined.
The cubicle: Is it a space or not? Is it yours or not?
Resume-scanning software: How does it test for “fun to work with”?
Passwords: Some require four characters, some six, some eight, some a capital letter—all of which make them hard to remember.
Break-out groups: The outcome of the group effort is almost always large sheets of paper never to be used.
Shuttle buses: Adds a degree of difficulty to everything.
The seat pocket in front of you: A euphemism for a lost-items container or garbage collector.

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