• Pixar Wins With Up
    Entertainment and more
    Pixar has done it again! With great story tellers and consistent delivery, they have continued their movie success with Up. No doubt, one of the reasons Pixar scores so high with their movies is that they are dedicated to creating great stories. Poignant characters and a solid plot are regular Read more...
  • Adapting to Change
    Entertainment and more
    Clay Shirky recently wrote a great article on Cato Unbound. What he describes in the news industry is a mirror of what has happened in music. However, my take is that the “established,” which has consolidated over the last 30 years and bloated upon itself, is now decentralizing again. 30 years ago Read more...
  • Blog on Facebook
    Online and more
    You can now follow my Blog on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.Read more...
  • Vision of Small Business
    and much much more
    Vision of Small Business Over the Next Decade – The Intuit Future of Small Business Series is an ongoing research study sponsored by Intuit and led by the Institute for the Future and Emergent Research. The research looks at the significant trends affecting small business and entrepreneurship Read more...
  • Do You Suffer From Techno-Ecstasy
    Online and more
    Too many companies stay out of the internet. Others rush in with “techno-ecstasy,” often times at the press of employees and without any objective or strategy. “Hey, look at this gizmo I found, let’s do this!” Whatever the latest marketing trick or tool, it may be worthy of Read more...
  • Hope It Sticks
    Online and more
    I was at my bank on Saturday. The teller invited me to go to a special online promotion at “theirwebsite.com/teller.” I noticed this “register to win” promotion was also printed on my deposit slip. So a couple days later I went to the website. What did I find? I found they Read more...
  • Gut Check on Ethics
    Leadership and more
    I belong to a professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, which was founded in 1904 in part to promote and advance ethics in business. Over the years I served in leadership, and subsequently we have continued to wrestle with ethics in business issues. Over the last 20 years we have seen the Read more...
  • No Dissing On the Bus
    Leadership and more
    One season, we ran a tour with two bands on a tour bus, living on the road together for a month at a time over 9 months. It is typical for folks to chide one another, and it can get pretty tough when they are living on a “land submarine” 12 hours a day! I realized as we pulled into venues for shows Read more...
  • Take 5 for Inspiration
    Entertainment and more
    The year was 1959. No one knew what was about to happen in the field of music. But jazz music was ready to take some giant steps. Six of the most popular and/or groundbreaking albums in jazz history were recorded and released for the general market that year. Among them was Dave Brubeck’s Read more...
  • So What Is Your Story?
    Top of Mind
    I have found in working with creative projects and artists that is always best to start with the story. Developing your narrative is one of the most important things you can do, but when I share this with most companies they look blankly at me with a puzzling “why?” If you do not write Read more...