Why You Should Create A Vision Statement For Your Own Career

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on forbes.com As a smart, creative professional, you know all too well what it is to have a vision for your brand, product or movie. But do you have a vision for yourself? Do you have any idea how you want your own career to develop? What […]

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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 Alfreds who have cleaned your house, put your groceries away, […]

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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 all hit the same metrics, the same themes. They’re becoming […]

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Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Two design inspiration visits over the holidays – to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for “good” design and to City Reliquary for the full-of-soul vernacular design of New York City.  Surely I couldn’t be mentioning those in the same breath.  Perhaps it’s the Smithsonian as the Nation’s Attic that sparked the connection. The Cooper […]

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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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Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Selfie with audience by Figaro singer Jose Adan Perez This past week I saw a comic opera from 1816, a very contemporary dance performance and Iñárritu’s terrific movie, Birdman. Each was so different in form and language. Each one of those performances left me thrilled in its own emotionally intense fashion.  This reminds me not […]

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Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Milton Glaser – photos by Sam Haskins According to IDEO “Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy.”   Wait a minute – that is taking design thinking quite far from its old comfortable world of graphics, logos, packages and annual reports – even far from cars, frocks and […]

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Six Ways to Become a Purple Squirrel

A Purple Squirrel is what recruiters call that elusive, more-than-perfect candidate that all employers dream of and hold out for: the one who will make their business sing.  A Purple Squirrel will meet all their constantly evolving job specs – and far exceed them. But Purple Squirrels have to be sought out – they don’t just show […]

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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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Watch films – think about careers!

I have watched three docs and a narrative film in the last couple of weeks that gave under-the-skin-views of careers and callings and money and success and passion and art and creativity. I recommend them to provoke your own thinking.   Page One: Inside The New York Times Get past Michael Kinsley’s awful review in […]

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