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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Managing your career within the organization. Don’t let the company hierarchy hold you back.

Company hierarchies as laid out on org charts can seem stifling;  but they needn’t be. The org  framework gives you a clear guide for your own navigation and success – all you have to do is search for the win-win opportunities at each level. You have to manage up on the chart. You have to […]

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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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Online video gets staggering viewership. Are you watching? Brands are.

  The online video channel world is still sorting itself out, and now it has been all over the mainstream press because of the recent digital upfronts. The big players are on the field. But many of these channels are created by individuals, not brands, and many of them have hundreds of thousands – no, […]

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Don’t just talk to people who do what you do

I have been made aware recently of a lot of thinking about the value of cross-fertilizing ideas and working across disciplines to gain smarter insights and achieve greater success. It started with Eric Kandel, the Nobelist godfather of neuroscience (thanks to his long and intense focus on sea snails) who I heard speaking about the […]

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How to plan your next career move

I assume you have thought about a what-do-I-want-to-be-doing-in-five-years career goal. Though for lots of us it has never quite formed into anything beyond “I want to be happy and in charge of my destiny.” Maybe it feels a bit vague and you can’t figure out how you think you are going to get there.  So […]

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“Polish here, Shine there.” Huh?

A good friend and marketing colleague used an expression I was not familiar with: “Polish here, Shine there” she said as if everyone knew what she meant. Here’s what that’s about: You are doing your thing – working it as hard as you can, but often the results can show up where you least expect […]

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