All posts by Rob Fields

Observer. Curator. Marketer. Dot connector.

The Year In Kickstarter

This just in from the Worth Seeing Department: Kickstarter published its 2012 numbers and the results are impressive.  If you still have doubts that crowdfunding is real, that it can be a way to fund innovation and to get projects supported that wouldn't pass muster in a traditional business environment,...

/ January 11, 2013

Forrester: CES Matters More Than Ever

And that’s why, even as the tech titans bow out of CES, CES matters more than ever to every other marketer, product strategist, and C-level executive in every industry. Because computing continues to evolve, diffuse, and disrupt--with or without Microsoft on the mainstage. --Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman: Why CES...

/ January 7, 2013

My Productivity Tools

Here are the tools I use everyday. They're all key components of my personal productivity kit, and I expect that I'll lean on them more as I work to ramp up my productivity this year. So without further ado: Evernote This has become one of those indispensable tools for me....

/ January 7, 2013

Courage and Leadership

I call them the six steps of leadership, surrounded by courage. Courage is an interesting one because any leadership role is about stepping out and having the courage to be different, because you have to be different to be a leader. --California Pizza Kitchen CEO G.J. Hart interviewed in the...

/ January 6, 2013

More Cracks In The Wall of Whiteness

So many of the voices in fiction that are out there are deeply neurotic white male stories of how, ‘Oh, I had weird sex, I can’t figure things out, I’m going to ramble for 300 pages, you better sit still because I’m a tour de force,’ ” Ms. Maduka said. “I...

/ January 6, 2013

Is Kimberly-Clark Showing Cultural Leadership?

I'm keeping an eye out for any potential examples of cultural leadership. This may be one, though I'm not sure. According to Ad Age: Work from WPP's Ogilvy & Mather, New York, leads the effort for the nearly three-year-old offshoot of the venerable Kotex brand. U by Kotex reversed a...

/ January 5, 2013

Questions And More Questions

Right now there are waayy more questions than clear answers or direction as relates to cultural leadership. For example, here are some areas that I think are worth exploring: What’s the best and most useful definition of cultural leadership? Is it even reasonable/worthwhile to expect brands to “lead” when it...

/ January 3, 2013
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Towards A Definition Of Cultural Leadership

  To give a nod to the late Raymond Carver: What should we talk about when we talk about cultural leadership? Of course, it’s easier to start by defining the inverse or what I’m NOT talking about. I’m not talking about organizational culture (although I suspect that I’ll need to...

/ January 2, 2013

Tim O’Reilly: Not Apps, But Culture Change

Yes, founder Jen Pahlka figured that instead of talking about how government should change, you have to demonstrate how to do it. The key output of Code for America is not apps, it’s culture change. The teams tackle projects that officials have been told will take years and cost millions,...

/ December 28, 2012

POLL: Are You Sticking With Instagram?

Based on the news about Instagram's new Terms of Service (wherein they assume to right to sell your images), I'm curious as to how many of you will proceed on or before the new TOS takes effect on January 16.   Given its new terms of service, are you planning...

/ December 18, 2012

Photos: Brooklyn Vigil for #Newtown

All of us, especially those of us with kids, are shocked and saddened by the murder of nearly 30 people at Newtown, CT, most of whom were kids ages 5-10.  Apparently, there were vigils across the country, as people needed to come together to mourn.  My wife and I attended...

/ December 15, 2012

Photo: Swingin’

One of my favorite shots of my wife, Bridgett.

/ April 17, 2011