Where’s Your Wild, Almost Naive Ambition?

In July 2008, Sarah Lacy wrote the following words of wisdom about the importance of place to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Every center of innovation needs a cocktail of things: -wild, almost naive ambition -money -a culture of risk taking -a social scene where Valley-like serendipitous moments can happen. (You know, stuff like: Oh, hey! I […]

You Can Make Ads In Your Sleep – Radical Rebuilding of Our Organizations Is The Work That Needs Doing

Far better than a precise plan is a clear sense of direction and compelling beliefs.” – Dee Hock Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of Visa International, has some interesting ideas about chaos theory and organizational democracy. Here’s a passage from an old Fast Company article on Hock: Command-and-control organizations, Hock says, “were not only […]

You Have To Believe

American Express OPEN Forum is presenting an article on the art of sales by Dr. Susan L. Reid, a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women. Here are Reid’s Five Keys to Making a Sale: 1. Treat your clients with respect, dignity, interest, and care. 2. Forget about rejection. 3. Shine your light. 4. You […]

Wheaton Blasts Anderson Out of His Cannon In Media Free-For-All

Ken Wheaton of Ad Age is not impressed by Chris Anderson. In fact, he says the Wired editor, circuit speaker and author is “less intellectually curious than George ‘Dubya’ Bush.” In response to an interview with Anderson in Spiegel–where Anderson says he doesn’t use the words journalism, media or news anymore–Wheaton writes: Perhaps if Chris […]

Zen and the Art of New Business Maintenance

Eric Karjaluoto of SmashLAB in Vancouver, BC is sharing an interview he did with business development consultant Blair Enns of WinWithoutPitching. Enns has a lot of great things to say. Witness: The only real way for a firm to shift the power is to eliminate as many substitutes to hiring their firm as possible. They […]

Hoffman’s Homerun Ups His Average To A Leauge Leading .400

Bob Hoffman let loose a gem on his blahg today. “What is good creative and how do I get it?” is a speech Hoffman gave to a roomful of agency owners. The speech contains all sorts of quotable items and on point ideas that will naturally swirl inside a thinking person’s head. Here’s a Hoffmanian […]

Free Your Mind of Any And All Ideas About Free

I’m pleased to see someone as prominent as Malcolm Gladwell take Chris Anderson’s new book, Free apart at the binding. Here’s a passage from Gladwell’s book review in The New Yorker: His advice is pithy, his tone uncompromising, and his subject matter perfectly timed for a moment when old-line content providers are desperate for answers. […]

Darden’s Unique Recipe Something To Write Home About

A little over a year ago in Orlando, we happened to pick a Darden restaurant, Seasons 52, for Mother’s Day brunch. It was a great choice and I thought at the time, Darden–which also owns and operates Red Lobster, The Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Bahama Breeze–must really know what they’re doing. […]