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 tells you that you need to see movement sooner rather […]

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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 on a slew of panels – inevitably of course curating […]

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Satin Island, a novel about anthropology, tribes and corporations

Tom McCarthy’s book Satin Island is a funny and very smart novel. An anthropologist has been recruited by a charismatic CEO to work in a giant corporation – hilarity and insight ensue. The New York Review of Books wrote “As if Kafka and J.G.Ballard had got together to write a Thomas Pynchon novel, with a […]

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The best thing you can do to advance your career

Article first published on Forbes.com You work hard and your work is good. But you’ve been in this slot for a couple of years and are starting to think about what’s next for your career. You love what you do; you love your team, your boss and your company. Everything seems perfect, but you’ve begun […]

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Top 7 sound-bites from BuzzFeed Prez, Greg Coleman

On BuzzFeed’s crazy-fast growth When he started out, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Perretti was experimenting with contagious media in his Chinatown lab – because he was interested in what would work and not because he was following a business plan. At BuzzFeed we live in a test and learn environment every day. We are in 7 […]

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Take a zero day – and tomorrow you will surge ahead

The expression “zero day” I learned from my son when he walked the Appalachian Trail from end to end one summer. Some days he made 20+ miles, some better, some not so much. Through snow and heat and rain. But every now and again he rested for a day in his hammock-tent or in some bunkhouse […]

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Tackling something new? First trick yourself and then fake it.

Katherine Waterston’s first big screen role, after years of acting on stage, is opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Phew! Heady company. So how did she face this new challenge? Interviewed in Vogue she says, “Zadie Smith has this line about the confidence trick when you’re writing a novel, […]

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7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can use them to acquire things and access services, and we […]

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The importance of understanding interdependence at work

  A Forbes’ survey reported that “a third of all clients report that they manage over 50 agencies and 22% have a roster of over 100 agencies! Clearly, Forbes was surveying the biggest brands, but having five or six agencies involved in a brand that spends under $10 million annually in measured media is commonplace […]

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Working in the “awesomest team” – who gets the credit?

So in the hive of the awesomest team, whose work is it?  Who gets the credit?  The answer – from a recent group of panelists representing IDEO, Huge and Google seems to be: no-one.  Each individual is just so happy to be a part of “the awesomest team.” These words from Jonathan Lee, Design Lead […]

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