Tag: trends

  • A Renewal of Pleasure

    A Renewal of Pleasure

    Our lives are enriched when we join artists in taking glorious risks. I became a Beatles connoisseur and fan both early and late—early in my life, late in their success. It was the summer I drove with my parents and a couple of their friends to (the former) Yugoslavia. We drove from Modena all the…

  • A Pragmatic Look at Marketing Trends

    A Pragmatic Look at Marketing Trends

    This post is part of a new series on industry conversations worthy of attention. Marketing trends, or how we would call fads if they were with us for the long haul. It's hard to shift through search results and be impressed these days. Or find something pragmatic to do after reading/listening to some of those…

  • Google and WPEngine: Building Platforms Inside Businesses for the Long Term

    Google and WPEngine: Building Platforms Inside Businesses for the Long Term

    Two technology announcements this week that impact marketing. Google is retiring AdWords, the word, and DoubleClick, the name. StudioPress (Genesis) was acquired by WPEngine. Beyond the need to find and hold on to product value, which I'll talk about further down, they're both interesting in different ways.     Wearing the business consultant hat: Whether you're…

  • In 1999 David Bowie Predicted the Impact of the Internet

    In 1999 David Bowie Predicted the Impact of the Internet

      In an interview with Jeremy Paxman of the BBC that took place in 1999, David Bowie predicted the impact of the Internet on society with new ways of expression, art, and communication.  Google was just a few months old, and YouTube, Facebook or Twitter were not even an idea (arrived several years later.)    …

  • Nine Strategies to Awaken Intrinsic Motivation (+ Dan Pink’s Reading List)

    Nine Strategies to Awaken Intrinsic Motivation (+ Dan Pink’s Reading List)

      “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” [The Walt Disney Company] Life exposes us to all kinds of opportunities, options, and pressures. To sustain success we need a method that helps us filter through all possibilities and seize on those that allow us to give our best. But only…

  • Debunking Detox and Diets, Designing Wellness

    Debunking Detox and Diets, Designing Wellness

    An article in The Guardian talking about the Angry Chef on a mission to confront the ‘alternative facts’ surrounding nutritional fads and myths delves into the truth about healthy eating. The Chef says,“A lot of the clean-eating people, I just think they have a broken relationship with the truth. They’re selling something that is impossible…

  • Long-Term for Results: Fads vs Trends

    Long-Term for Results: Fads vs Trends

    Many of our decisions are based on the short term — our horizons have gotten very small, our tools indulge the need to constantly know where we are towards our immediate goals, never mind that we may be missing the big picture. Entire businesses exist and thrive because they indulge our habit of being “always…

  • The Third Way of Knowledge

    The Third Way of Knowledge

    Some things like autonomy, mastery, and purpose have become more valuable than others to satisfaction and general well-being. We desire to control our lives, how we spend our time. Mastery is an important aspect of motivation. And so is purpose, which is the main force changing how organizations and people do business. In a world…

  • Our Process for Understanding the Problem is Broken

    Our Process for Understanding the Problem is Broken

      “For fragmentation is now very widespread, not only throughout society, but also in each individual, and this is leading to a kind of general confusion of the mind, which creates an endless series of problems and interferes with our clarity of perception so seriously as to prevent us from being able to solve most…

  • The More Things Change, the More we Stay the Same

    The More Things Change, the More we Stay the Same

    With all the befits technology affords us, we are increasingly facing a challenge on the human side of the equation — the rate of change is outpacing our ability to adjust to it. The title of this post may not be entirely accurate, but it does bring to the fore how our challenge grows harder…