The jet ski has now pulled away from the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, including the historic race for the Best Director Oscar. And whether you were pulling for Peele or gambling on Guillermo (congrats, señor del Toro) the world of film directing holds some surprising lessons about leadership of all kinds. No ‘More’? When everything isContinue reading
The almost-certainly-apocryphal story goes something like this… In captivity, when a trained walrus does a trick and gets a fish, he’ll then repeat the same trick over and over in order to get another fish each time.
Could all three have said the exact same thing at different times? You tell me…
Let’s stop equating clarity with progress.
Let’s stop associating perfect order with success.
Let’s stop clinging to (our illusion of) control and lean more on our people and the process.
In short, let’s start embracing the mess.
– Matthew Porter
Ages ago, I served as Creative Director for an international agency. The owner was a bright, young entrepreneur, but he adamantly opposed any further training for his employees because “what if they go somewhere else?” Not long after, for various reasons, the company had to shut its doors and those employees went somewhere else anyway.Continue reading
Right or wrong, the Internet has trained us all to ask “what’s in it for me?” So when engaging people online, marketers must remember it’s not just about their product, but about how their product can solve a need and –BONUS – even offer something that’s valuable immediately — an approach that I have been calling “value-forward.”
It’s true: I get high on New Year’s Day. Now wait, don’t misunderstand – I don’t get high during New Year’s Day (probably the closest I’ve ever come to substance abuse was eating paste – but hey, that was in college). No, I get high on New Year’s Day itself.
Great in-depth article in Sports Illustrated recently about Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis. Short version: For several years, Davis proved himself as a solid player, but was severely handicapped by a less-than-stellar batting average – though not for lack of trying. He tirelessly studied his own swing for hours and patiently listened to andContinue reading
If you were on a cruise ship and it was announced you were about to cross the equator, would you take notice? I would. I mean, it’s nothing magical, but it’s significant, right? Certainly not something you experience all the time. That’s how I feel about today, which happens to be the middle day ofContinue reading
Who would actually sit down and watch a dog show on TV? Not Rin Tin Tin, but the competitions with the parading and the judging and the Best In Show. The answer to that question is “me”. I happened upon it one Thanksgiving Day and was immediately drawn in. Fascinated even. It took me aContinue reading