I was freezing my tush off a couple of weeks ago at Wrigley Field
and inquired to my good friend why he had made the unlikely (in my
mind, at least) switch from marketing to insurance. It seemed to me
that he was turned off by the manipulative and predictive nature of
old-school marketing - as though statistics and market research would
tell exactly how someone would behave.
Everyone hates their taxes being spent on subsidies - - unless it’s to
subsidize their own industry. It’s time for an honest debate about the role of
subsidies in a 21st Century economy and, at least, a restructuring
to a more level playing field.
t's lunch in a
Scottsdale restaurant. The attendees are mainly retired scions of
industry, professionals, and business. I came because the group is
having a presentation by one of the largest real estate developers in
Arizona, and I've come to hear the story of a "typical" Arizona
Mark Sklar, one of the three original (and still intact) partners at DMB was originally from Wisconsin and studied history. He has the midwesterners' value system and sense of engagement.
I just joined the Dallas - Company of Friends and was wondering if there were any networking events that we do as a group? If not, let me propose the following:
What: Dallas - Group of Friends Happy Hour
Why: To make our city a little smaller by connecting with like-minded business folks from around the Dallas area to share business ideas and opportunities.
Let me know if this is of any interest to anyone that is a member of this group.
Tim Gunn, our favorite sartorial critic, is in the eye of the storm--again. As I chronicled in Fast Company's April issue profile "Project Rehab," the former head of Parsons' Fashion program has had a dizzying career trajectory since turning 50 (take note AARP!): landing his own TV show on Bravo, recruited to rewire Liz Claiborne Inc's $5 billion design culture, and of course, breakout stardom on Bravo's Project Runway.
It's been a historic week for gamers: Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" had stellar box office performance, clocking in an estimated $100.8 million in tickets in North America, while Take-Two Interactive's Grand Theft Auto IV sold six million copies during its first week of sales, raking in an astounding $500 million.
A swell of distrust toward corporate America, exacerbated by
off-shoring of U.S. jobs - followed by lay-offs of thousands of
employees, incredibly high executive salaries and higher than ever
profits by certain industries. In the annals of customer service, we
may be experiencing more consumer vigilantism than ever before.
Frustrated by the usual Asian-accented call center customer service
rep, customers are sending "email bombs" to corporate executives or
going straight to the top after uncovering direct numbers to executive
teams not easily found by mere mortals. Read more