Tag: books

Two Choices To Make In Strategy

I just started reading A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin's Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works, and it's an engaging read from rip.  Then again, why wouldn't it be? Lafley is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Procter & Gamble, while Martin is the Dean of the...

/ February 19, 2013

REVIEW: Umair Haque – “The New Capitalist Manifesto” (Harvard Business Review Press)

A look at 21st century capitalism--and its implications for 21st century culture

/ April 10, 2011

“Ain’t your mama’s and daddy’s super heroes”

I'm really glad Christopher Chambers pinged me about the release today of a new collection of stories he co-edited with Gary Phillips.  Those of you who know me know that I've been a longtime lover and reader of comics.  I'm currently really feeling Marvel's X-Force limited series, although Todd Kelley...

/ August 20, 2008

Holiday weekend reading

If I weren't a dad, then the long weekend could be one of going out to eat, taking in a movie or two, seeing friends, some indie music and kicking back with a cigar and a good book.  I'd be content to end up where the day takes me.  As...

/ May 23, 2008

More Green Strategy

Just to prove that there are no new ideas under the sun: A day or so after I wrote the preceding posts (here and here), I happened to visit the ChangeThis site to see if there were any new manifestos.  Turns out, there was a recent one from Andrew Winston,...

/ October 2, 2007

PODCAST: Marketing Black Books–part 1

Should fiction written by black authors be shelved in African-American departments, a move that often helps nurture writers? Or should it be presented alongside other categories, such as general literature, allowing books written by black authors to take their place in publishing's mainstream? --Jeffrey Trachtenburg, The Wall Street Journal, December...

/ February 4, 2007

PODCAST: Grant McCracken on Managing Discontinuous Change

I was searching for a thoughtful intro to this post, but nothing’s came my way.  Except to say that doing this interview was truly a pleasure because Grant--the author of Flock and Flow: Predicting and Managing Change in a Dynamic Marketplace-- is a thinker and blogger from whom I’m always...

/ January 17, 2007

Eyes on the Prize

I love listening to Dr. Cornel West because he’s brilliant.  A few nights ago, I saw him on Tavis Smiley’s show.  One of the things that West pointed out was that we should remember that Dr. King was—as his FBI file stated—the most dangerous man in America. Now, most of...

/ January 15, 2007

REVIEW: McConnell & Huba on “Citizen Marketers”

As part of MarketingProfs's inaugural book club, I'm participating in the review of this book.  Hat's off to CK and the MP folks for organizing it. So: Congrats are in order to Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba, authors of Citizen Marketers: When People are the Message.  It’s a thoroughly researched...

/ January 10, 2007

“Flock and Flow”: Harvesting Chaos

One of the cool things about blogging, at least for me, is the ability to interview marketing thought leaders.  Later today, I’ll be conducting an interview with cultural anthropologist and fellow blogger Grant McCracken. As I noted in an earlier post, I share his interest in understanding how culture impacts...

/ December 1, 2006

Culture: The Newest Medium

Amid all of this talk about new media, culture is the one medium that’s rarely discussed.  Most people take culture for granted.  But as the marketplace—the cultural landscape—fragments into niche upon niche, culture will take on increasing importance for marketers.  Soon, effective communications planning will not only hinge on the...

/ November 28, 2006

PODCAST: Interview with Dr. Clotaire Rapaille

Did you know that in American culture Seduction is manipulation Being fat means you’ve checked out Work is who you are Money is proof Shopping is reconnecting with life I recently spent a few minutes with Dr. Clotaire Rapaille, author of The Culture Code.  We talked about his last 30...

/ September 29, 2006