Why Jack Welch Might Be Overrated

While the business community loves to offer Jack Welch legendary status, this article shares that measuring his successor Jeff Immelt against that legacy may not be entirely fair. The analysis is a powerful reminder that success or failure can come from the circumstances that leader inherits as much as from what a leader does. It

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An Inside Look At the Bullshit Of Hollywood Wellness

In a world that seems filled with bullshit, it is a voyeuristic thrill to see those all too rare moments when it all comes tumbling down. The article linked below from New York Post is one of those moments, as writer Maureen Callahan goes behind the scenes at the GOOP Health and Wellness Summit hosted

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The Failure Museum, Pringles’ Flavor Clouds and Selfie ...

This week a theme that emerged in the stories was that of the many faces of failure. There is a new museum in Sweden celebrating product and cultural failures of modern times. A former Silicon Valley darling chat app called YikYak failed and lost hundreds of millions of perceived/bloated valuation. The Met Gala stuck to

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The 15 Best Business Books Of 2016 | Non-Obvious Book Award ...

Every year as part of my trend research and idea gathering, I go through more than a hundred business books and select my shortlist of 15 best ones published in 2016 to share with you. These are all profiled in a short presentation along with a review of each and my selections for the Most

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How Netflix Predicts Watching Habits, Awful Magazine Covers ...

This week the Internet went crazy talking about how Brangelina split. Despite how important that “news” might be – it’s clearly not the kind of “non-obvious” story I have to share today. Instead, this week’s underappreciated marketing stories feature YouTube’s desperate plan to fix their longtime problem with comments, a glimpse into what Netflix might do

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How Amazon Might Accidentally Kill Creativity

I rely on books. As an author of five books, I believe in the power of them and as a trend curator and University Professor I consume many of them. I buy several new non-fiction books a week and often invest my time and attention in reading them and learning from them. What I don’t

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How Reverse Retail Is Changing The Way We Buy

About two years ago, there was a single word that could strike fear into the heart of any retail brand executive – “showrooming.” The term popularized the increasingly common shopping behaviour from consumers of going into a physical store to try out and test a product before going online (often to an ecommerce only retailer

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Is Your Consumer Experience Is Full Of Jitneys?

Imagine you are on your way to JFK airport in New York to take a short flight from NY to Chicago. Once you make it through security, you walk to the end and encounter a sign inviting you to take something called a “JFK Jitney” to your gate. At the bottom of the escalator, you discover that this

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Black Friday And The Rise Of Retail Prostitution

Imagine we lived in a world where love didn’t exist. Every day would be filled with people moving from interaction to interaction – only investing in each one out of convenience or necessity. In this lonely existence, any relationship would be a short term diversion. People would detach themselves and their emotions from one another.

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How To Be More Influential

A leader is someone you can follow without feeling like a follower. There was a time when I spent almost every part of my day studying leadership. Before I found my passion in marketing, I used to explore what it took to be a great leader by constantly reading expected and unexpected sources on the

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