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Irving Thalberg on leadership and decision-making – as told to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Irving Thalberg on leadership and decision-making – as told to F. Scott Fitzgerald

The following is excerpted from Matthew J. Bruccoli’s preface to Fitzgerald’s last and unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon. Monroe Stahr, he principal character in this Hollywood story, was based clearly on Irving Thalberg, the Boy Wonder movie producer, and main architect of Hollywood’s Golden Age….

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Don’t lose sight of what you have already, in your hunger for what’s next

Don’t lose sight of what you have already, in your hunger for what’s next

  As creative pros, we are always planning, always wondering what we should be doing next, what’s around the corner. This is all as it should be.  But could we be missing out on the opportunities that are right next to us? But sometimes – and I see…

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How to kickstart your organizational change

How to kickstart your organizational change

  This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You know your organization has to change to keep its edge. Whether it’s swifter product innovation, welding together silos, or restructuring to take advantage of new technology and changing distribution models, your bottom line…

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Organic change or disruptive change?  A teaser.

Organic change or disruptive change? A teaser.

So you’ve decided that for bringing your organization (or career) up to date, incremental organic change is the way to go. It’s so much easier that way. No big decisions have to get made. People can be allowed to stay in their comfort zones.  No…

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Making changes – at sea and in Hollywood

Making changes – at sea and in Hollywood

My Summer reading: Moby-Dick and F.Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve finally read Moby-Dick. Yes for the first time. My English schools were not big on American Lit. It’s rep was intimidating – especially the part about how people skip over big chunks where Ishmael/Melville expounds on whale species…

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It’s Not Just Businesses That Need Change Management — You Do Too

It’s Not Just Businesses That Need Change Management — You Do Too

  This article by Michael Pollock first appeared in forbes.com The rapid changes in media, distribution techniques, platforms and fickle consumer tastes have put the marketing communications hiring market into a state of turmoil. Companies want to hire leaders who are proven and experienced in…

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Empathy, experience, AI and the future of advertising

Empathy, experience, AI and the future of advertising

Part three: yet more from Northside Innovation Festival   Can empathy be automated? Hello Alfred is a butler service that we were told is thoroughly systematized, from the face-to-face IRL home visit when a client signs up – to the handwritten notes left by the…

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Startups, pitches, launches and no more sushi

Startups, pitches, launches and no more sushi

Here’s part 2: more of what I learned at Northside Innovation Festival Uh oh. Your pitch is too good Investors told us that incubators and the like have gotten so good at helping startups polish their pitches that they are all becoming indistinguishably great. They…

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Influencers, Brands and Snapchat

Influencers, Brands and Snapchat

The two day Northside Innovation Festival is a tremendous deluge of overlapping panels that takes place in a bunch of great venues including the Wythe Hotel, The Brooklyn Brewery and Kinfolk 94. And all within three minutes of my office. So perfect! I sat in…

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Is your career ladder leaning against the wrong wall?

Is your career ladder leaning against the wrong wall?

Article first published on Forbes.com When we are immersed in the task at hand — jamming for a deadline, perhaps in the weeds of some brand’s positioning or designing a wonderful, immersive experience for a product that plays no part in our own lives —…

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