Can you help me out with a problem? – SCN Encourager

By Tom Page, SCN Founder | The Encourager

Okay, here’s what I’m wrestling with.

I can’t figure out if I’m now “writing up” to Harvard Business Review’s standards…

or if they’re starting to woefully “write down” to mine.

I’d be curious to know what you think.

Now truth be told, I only saw these two tweeted-out HBR articles after my eyes first locked in on these gingerbread cookies.

I love gingerbread cookies this time of year and they definitely grabbed my attention.

But then I did settle down to read the whole article.


I couldn’t believe its grand proclamation that the simplest ideas – that is, the most obvious ideas – often are the ones that turn out to be the best.

Oh, really?

This conclusion seems so ridiculously basic that if given enough time and resources I’m pretty sure I coulda thunk it up myself.


And just I was wrapping my mind around this, I saw this next one from HBR.


This hard-hitting exposé revealed how people who actually do what they say they’re going to do are rare birds indeed.

Are they kidding?

This has got to be yet another stunning piece of news I probably would’ve come with on my own for you sooner or later.

So, I’ve got to say it.

I’m feeling pretty good about myself right about now.

It seems those deep-thinking whizbang writers at the Harvard Business Review and I have much in common.

Intellectually speaking and all.

So, maybe… just maybe I have the chops to start writing for them in 2019.

Who knows?

Of course, I still believe in Santa Claus.

That could be the deal-killer.








About the Author

Prior to launching SCN I was the communications director for Holland Public Schools in Holland, Michigan for 20 years. The challenges for in-the-trenches school communicators are many – and if I can help you in any way, give me a call. I'm a former teacher and I've managed more than 100 election campaigns of all types and sizes over the years. (I was even featured in the Wall Street Journal... a very, very slow news day, no doubt!) I created the School Communicators Network because I believe the noble purpose of education deserves the best marketing and PR possible. And there's a lot of talent and expertise we can tap into! I'm also convinced we can support each other while remaining human and having fun, too. You can reach me at

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