Spin Creative Gold with “Yes, And . . .”

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Photo credit: Brian Schultz If you want to inspire people to do great work, try the "Yes, and . . ." approach. "Yes, and . . ." is a popular expression in theater, especially in improvisational comedy. You might have encountered the idea in Tina Fey's book, Bossypants. The concept refers to ...

Designing the Unseen Details

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Superior design means getting little details right -- even the parts that no one can see. In his landmark biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson tells the story of Jobs's obsession to detail in the design of the breakthrough Apple II personal computer, down to the engineering of the power ...

Guy Kawasaki: The Catalyst for Good

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Many of us think of Guy Kawasaki as the master of evangelism marketing, but he actually answers to a higher calling: to inspire you and me to be better people. Guy Kawasaki is what I call a market maker. Market makers are not satisfied with simply selling products and services ...

Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Steve Jobs

Friday, April 26th, 2013

If Steve Jobs were alive today, he would be the first to tell you he was not the only person responsible for making Apple succeed. But let's face it: Steve Jobs defined the Apple brand, a reality that has been underscored lately by grumbling among the pundits that Apple is ...

Ahmet Ertegun: The Man Who Changed Music

Monday, February 18th, 2013

What do you have on your Spotify playlist right now? Chances are that Ahmet Ertegun had a hand influencing the music you've chosen. As founder and president of Atlantic Records, Ertegun signed and nurtured musicians who shaped the sound of modern popular music, ranging from Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin. ...

How to Be a Market Maker

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Steve Jobs is like the Beatles: we admire them, but how many of marketers believe we can change the world like they did? Well, my newly published white paper, How to Be a Market Maker, shows you how you can inject the spirit of great leaders like Steve Jobs into ...

Where were you when Steve Jobs died?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Where were you when Steve Jobs died, and how did you hear the news? I was snacking on pot stickers with my family at my sister-in-law's apartment last night when I noticed my Facebook status feed exploding with reports about the death of Steve Jobs -- news reported by citizen journalists ...

Will the Apple brand become more open without Steve Jobs?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Where is the Apple brand headed in the aftermath of Steve Jobs's resignation as CEO? It's a significant question for one of the world's most valuable companies (depending on the daily ups and downs of the stock market.) Steve Jobs is more than the face of the Apple brand -- he ...