Issue 106

June 2006


  • Watercooler

    What you'll be talking about this month when you talk about work.

  • Card Shop

    The "eBay for contacts" lets people buy your business card—without your knowledge.

  • Unsound Judgment

    Robin Williams once joked that cocaine was God's way of telling you that you have too much money. Add Shure's new E500 headphones ($499) to that list. The goal here is a listening experience that's both great-sounding and noise-canceling, two previously mutually exclusive features. True audiophiles will drool over the head-phones' performance at both ends of the spectrum, easily the best I've heard. And their flexible tips made them extremely comfortable.

  • The Last Stand

    Airlines now let you pay to jump the standby line. Here's what you need to know to get home sooner.

  • The Corporate Shrink

    I am one of several independent contractors who do long-term consulting for a company. I'm a very competitive person, and when our contracts come up for renewal, I tend to do whatever it takes to win—but that bites me in the backside when the other consultants see me as a threat. What is your advice?


  • John Perazzo: Pallet Pioneer

    Wooden pallets form the backbone of the American shipping industry. Each year, 405 million of them are loaded with appliances, frozen foods, whatever, to get from one place to another. Unfortunately, they have a natural enemy: the Asian long-horned beetle. Which is where John Perazzo and his SureStacker corrugated pallet come in.

  • HR, Demystified

    Most of us will never have to design a 401(k) plan or decode EEOC regs. (Thank God.) But we do have to know how to find and keep great talent. These blogs take you inside the human-resources world.

  • Pseudo Research: Extreme Laziness

    "Extreme laziness may have a medical basis, says a group of high-profile Australian scientists, describing a new condition called 'motivational deficiency disorder' (MoDeD). The condition is claimed to affect up to one in five Australians and is characterized by overwhelming and debilitating apathy."

  • Datebook

    Critical calendar listings for June 2006.

Fast Talk

  • Fast Talk: Doing the Unthinkable

    Their actions are making the competition—and customers—scratch their heads in wonder. But these leaders may not have a choice if they want to have a business tomorrow. Here's the inside story on how and why they've made their moves.

From the Editor

  • Letter From the Editor

    A few weeks into my tenure as editor of Fast Company, I called an old friend. "Man, this leadership stuff is hard," I complained. Except the word I used wasn't "stuff."