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February 22, 2013

Office Snapshots Features The Bulldog Drummond Manor

Bulldog Drummond, the San Diego-based innovation and design consultancy, has a wonderful space located just down the street from Balboa Park in a Victorian house-turned-office which they have dubbed “The Manor”. Inspired by English country manor style, CEO Shawn Parr comments on the theme…

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July 21, 2014

Honest Kitchen Brand and Design Work Feature

Every product has a story to tell and the pet food produced by Lucy and Charlie Postins’ company, The Honest Kitchen, has a better one than most. Lucy Postins CEO and founder of The Honest Kitchen, started making pet food stuffed with healthy, all-natural ingredients to solve her own dog’s health issues and began selling the pet food she created to help other owners get their furry friends healthy and keep them that way.

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Fast Company
June 19, 2014

How To Adopt A Startup Mentality, Even If You’re A Multi-Billion Dollar Corporation

A startup mentality focuses the mind, challenges the body, and can be good for the soul. I love the scrappy, can-do attitude of early-stage companies—simply walk through the doors and the energy is infectious. The optimism, agility, and ingenuity to create something special, not to mention being new to the world, keeps startup entrepreneurs hyper-focused…

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May 1, 2014

How to Use the F Word in Business to Deliver Better Results

I’ve seen the curse of the “whack-a-mole” raise its ugly head more frequently than normal in recent months. While it’s the perfect game for a little stress relief, it’s a distracting behavior that senior executives often adopt without realizing it—and more importantly—understanding the disruptive spin cycle it can create company-wide. The curse of one-off tactical initiatives and the search for…

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November 13, 2013

Why We All Need Some Alone Time

I take my iPhone with me everywhere. It never leaves my side—and as a self-prescribed I.D.I.O.T, it’s always on. For some reason, I’m convinced that I should look at it every five minutes. It’s my adult pacifier that I can’t live without, and as a result I have a false sense of connectedness. I’m never alone because I’m always…

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Fast Company
September 26, 2013

5 Smart Steps to Building Your Brand the Right Way

Almost all the entrepreneurs and founders I’ve had the pleasure of working with are brilliant in their own unique way. They see a problem or gap in the market, and they create a compelling product, technology, or service for an unmet need; and then…

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Fast Company
August 30, 2013

Navy Seal Lessons For Operating Successfully As A Team

In the military, there are shared beliefs, consistent values, and deep traditions across all military units. In comparison, it’s often unclear in businesses what values a company operates with. In the military, certain protocols exist such as respect for…

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July 29, 2013

How to Turn Passions Into A Full-Time Career

One of the first real characters I met when I arrived in to the States more then twenty years ago was Matt Rimel. Everyone else could have been directly out of a Ralph Lauren ad, but Matt was like Mickey Rourke at his best—rough around the edges…

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Fast Company
June 13, 2013

Are you an Idiot?

We live in a world where titles and labels play a major role in helping us to identify who we’re interacting with and to understand where we sit in relation to others. When my son was diagnosed with ADD, I realized I had a good dose of it too. I dislike the label ADD with a passion as it contains two negatives indicating we have a deficit…

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June 13, 2013

How To Connect With People When Telling Stories Online

If you haven’t heard of Lovesocial, you’ve definitely heard about their work. The company grew out of founder Azita Ardakani’s direction on the campaign “Summit on the Summit” which drew in 12 million Twitter impressions in one day. Flash forward…

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June 3, 2013

Why distance Can Make the Startup Heart Grow Fonder

I’m fortunate to meet and work with a wide range of industrious and passionate founders of early stage businesses, and I’m always fascinated to hear about new and unique challenges they face when starting a new business. I met the founders of…

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Fast Company
May 9, 2013

The New Math Of Giving: How $5 Does More Than A $40,000-Per-Plate Fundraiser

It would seem though, according to some recent data, that there’s a new way to think about giving, one that is responding to our increasingly digital world and our more willing–but less able–cultural and economic climate. Blackbaud is a research…

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Fast Company
March 20, 2013

Guy Kawasaki’s Case For Self-Publishing

Apparently there are millions who claim they’ve got a good book in them. Well, I think I’m one of them. This is the year I’m going to hopefully write the first of many. But as a wannabe writer I’ve got all of the obvious doubts. Do I have something meaningful to say? Will anyone want to read what I write? Have I got the time, patience….

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May 5, 2013

Is Your Business Working On Purpose?

When I misbehaved as a young lad, my mother was the one who almost always reprimanded me. After lecturing me on the rights and wrongs, she’d ask, “Did you do that on purpose, son?” and then hand out the punishment. My actions were almost…

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Fast Company
February 13, 2013

Chic CEO Walks Women Through The Practical Steps Of Starting A Business

One of first things Stephanie Burns said to me when I interviewed her for a job at Bulldog Drummond a few years ago was that one day she wanted to own her own company. About five years later, she’s done just that. Chic CEO is a free web…

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Fast Company
February 1, 2013

Screwing Up Could Be Your Best Career Move—If You Do It Right

I’ve admired Southwest Airlines for many years, and I’ve cited them as a company with a clear focus, a vibrant soul, and a culture you can see in all areas of their business and reflected in their business performance. And as a ridiculously…

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Holiday Matinee
January 31, 2013

Bulldog Drummond is an office I’d like to live in

The offices of Bulldog Drummond look exactly like someone’s really awesome house that you would envy. It also happens to be located right here where I live (in San Diego)! Bulldog Drummond is an innovation and design consultancy whose clients…

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January 14, 2013

Why Brands Are Like People

Brand is misunderstood, underappreciated and very often underutilized. When brand comes up in a meeting, it often means different things to different people, and many executives speak the language of brand the way some of us speak Spanish: with a limited vocabulary and rotten accent. And while being fluent in another language…

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Fast Company
January 10, 2013

The True Power Of Brand

“Brand” as a concept is misunderstood, underappreciated, and very often underutilized. When brand comes up in a meeting, it often means different things to different people, and many executives speak the language of brand the way some of us speak Spanish: with a limited vocabulary and rotten accent. And while being…

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January 2, 2013

10 Resolutions To Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever

As one year comes to an end and a new one begins, it really is a special time. The madness stops for a few days: The phones are quiet, emails abate, and there is time to relax and reflect. In the always-on, always-connected world we live in, we rarely…

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Fast Company
October 23, 2012

The Right Rx For Unhealthy Corporate Culture

An unhealthy corporate culture is like an unhealthy individual. It’s overweight, cumbersome, and burdened with a number of self-destructive habits. Recognizing that you need to get your culture into optimum health is one of the most important…

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Fast Company
October 11, 2012

How To Connect People Who Are Fired Up For Change

When you build a brand, one of the most important measures of success is the actual engagement and connection of your loyal customers, followers, supporters, partners, fans and friends–your community. With the arrival of the digital age and 24/7…

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Fast Company
October 09, 2012

Believe Entertainment Group Pioneers New Ways To Connect Users To Brands And Talent

Partnering with name brand talent to create original content has enabled Believe Entertainment Group to forge valuable partnerships with some of the industry’s…

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Fast Company
October 3, 2012

Learning To Brave The Big Waves Of Innovation

Innovation is like surfing—scary, challenging, and ultimately exhilarating. Here’s how to dig deep and find the courage to actually do it. I started surfing about 10 months ago, and it has been one of the most challenging and rewarding learning journeys…

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September 20, 2012

3 Pillars For Powerful Nonprofit Fundraising

Seven years ago, Scot Chisholm’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. Not being one to sit around and swim in sadness, Chisholm did what he knew best. He got busy raising funds for cancer research to get involved and work toward a cure, not just…

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Fast Company
August 6, 2012

Jonathan Adler And Rebecca Minkoff: The Mentorship Masterminds Of DailyCandy’s Startup Contest

When I heard about DailyCandy’s 3rd annual “Start Small, Go Big” competition, I thought I’d investigate to see what I could learn, as it focuses on discovering…

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Fast Company
July 27, 2012

Design The Time to Think, And Solve Your Biggest Challenges

As a part of my job, I have the absolute privilege of guiding and coaching executives and their teams to solve their own challenges. Part of our focus at Bulldog Drummond is to design and facilitate learning experiences for many of our clients. Our main…

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Fast Company
June 25,2012

How A Drug-Related Tragedy Inspired Transformational Thinking

In any good business, a story has to be told that resonates with the consumer. Natural High founder Jon Sundt talks about how he’s using Madison Avenue techniques to bring drug-free culture to the forefront. Jon Sundt lost his two…

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Fast Company
June 15,2012

The Eatalian Job

When most people think of Italy, the first things that come to mind are mouth-watering pasta with sweet tomato sauces and basil, Tuscan farm houses, artisan craftsmanship, atrfully designed automotives, lovingly crafted housewares…

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Fast Company
June 6, 2012

Got An Innovation Challenge? Nature’s Probably Got The Answer

Nature is the perfect inspiration for truly disruptive innovation. It is where we can find examples of both exquisitely simple, and complex, designs anywhere we turn. The banana doesn’t need packaging or protection; it has a clear system to show…

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May 30, 1012

For Brands To Be Heard, They Need To Stop Following The Herd

We read a lot about regional radio being a struggling media format. It certainly does have its challenges, including the transition (or expansion) from terrestrial to digital. But by taking a strongly branded and highly curated approach, some stations…

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Fast Company
April 9, 2012

Why Every Monday Matters

If I’ve learned anything over the past 10 years, it’s that the old saying, “It’s far more rewarding to give than it is to receive” is very powerful. I was recently invited to mentor a group of emerging social entrepreneurs, all of whom are focused on…

 

 

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Fast Company
March 30,2012

We Know Our Education System Is Broken, So Why Can’t We Fix It?

How many industries that were around 100 years ago–and are still around today–are making their products almost the exact same way? Can you think of an industry that uses almost the identical methods of production they did 100 years ago…

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Fast Company
March 23, 2012

The Intersection Event Is Where Innovation And Social Change Meet

There has been a lot of talk about “intersections” lately–intersections of business and art, intersections of marketing and nature, intersections of technology and health…

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FAST COMPANY
March 12, 2012

Powerful Storytelling, Changed Lives: Lessons From Kony 2012

I met three incredible young men named Jason Russell, Laren Poole, and Bobby Bailey almost seven years ago. Just out of college, they had decided to use their newly acquired film-making talents to go to the Sudan and document the…

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Fast Company
February 29, 2012

Don’t Let Culture Vultures Scuttle Your Strategy

Step inside any company, no matter the size, stage of development, or level of success, and the culture is either driving the strategy or undermining it…

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Fast Company
February 24, 2012

How Sam Adams Founder Jim Koch Is Helping Entrepreneurs Brew The American Dream

By definition, “craft” is an art or occupation requiring special skill and, if my taste…

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Fast Company
February 8, 2012

How To Find Your Next $140 Million

I recently spent the day with author Andrea Kates, who was challenged to connect the relevance of the working philosophy found in her best-selling book, Find Your Next, with real solutions that can help move businesses forward…

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Fast Company
January 24, 2012

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N’ Out, and you’ll get a taste of these brands’…

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PSFK
JANUARY 17, 2012

Disruptive Innovation: Dog Food Edition

Believe it or not, at one point we actually fed our pets real food. That was, until people-food companies realized they could maximize their resources by mashing together all of their scrap meat, leftover grains, eggshells, and bones, injecting some vitamins, and cooking it up into “kibble.”

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FAST COMPANY
JANUARY 11, 2012

10 Steps To Turn Your Passion Into Your Business

I’m fascinated by the different types of people I meet in the business world and the way that their personalities show up in what they do. I’m drawn to people who have a quiet inner confidence that is expressed in their interactions and their output. I am…

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Business 2 Community
January 2, 2012

10 Resolute Ideas to Start Your New Year

There is power in the perspective that comes from revisiting why you exist as a business and exploring the beliefs and operating values you live by. While the bottom line is a non-negotiable, how you get to it is. Make sure your entire organization understands your reason for being and that leading with values…

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Fast Company
December 27, 2011

Five Lessons To Do What You Love…And Succeed

Entrepreneurs come from all over the world, but most share an innate passion for questioning the constraints of ideology and discipline, and identifying practical solutions to problems by combining ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dogged…

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PSFK
December 15, 2011

The Power of Why — How Childlike Curiosity Can Inform And Inspire

Kids have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and an unapologetic curiosity for all things new and misunderstood. When they don’t know the answer they actively seek the truth. They have a natural humility without posturing, pretense or ego wrapped…

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PSFK
December 6, 2011

Sit on the Toilet & Nine Other Ways to Experience Your Brand

The challenging economy has forced everyone to look at cutting unnecessary costs. From airlines charging for every bag, to restaurants not serving bread or table water unless asked, small cuts can have a deep-lasting effect. It’s easy for senior…

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Fast Company
December 1, 2011

When Innovation Meets Social Good, Consumers Win

I was recently invited to participate in the inaugural The Intersection Event: Where Innovation Meets Social Change this coming January at Pixar’s headquarters, where a cast of leading business innovators and social change agents will discuss ways…

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PSFK
October 26, 2011

Uncommon Sense Tips: Do What You Love and Love What You Do

People who seem to have that spark, who are passionate about what they do and how they live their lives are fantastic to be around, and they seem to make what they do look so easy. It’s not a new thought, but doing what you love seems to be an…

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PSFK
October 20, 2011

Content Is The New Currency

As Britain was dangerously close to defeat in 1940, Winston Churchill put the English language into battle. He inspired the people of Great Britain with his defiant, heroic speeches, rousing challenges that were full of hope, humor and direction. By using language strategically, he delivered some of the most powerful and moving…

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PSFK
October 7, 2011

The Paradigm Project: Practicing Uncommon Sense to Save Lives and the Environment

In the competitive space of philanthropy and philanthrocapitalism, how do you break through the clutter and get people engaged in an issue that isn’t the tug-on-your-heart-strings norm…

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PSFK
September 22, 2011

Steady Swift, Stay True To You: Lessons In Branding From Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is an excellent example of how humility can lead to success. She’s genuine. She connects and relates to her audience through her own experiences. She’s inoffensive, but above all, she’s humble. Almost too humble at times…

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Fast Company
September 27, 2011

Keep A Breast’s Lighthearted Touch Inspires Youthful Breast-Cancer Awareness And Prevention

On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be interesting to chat with Shaney Jo Darden, the woman who has prominently displayed the…

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Fast Company
September 15, 2011

Mastering The “C” In Chief Marketing Officer

Not so long ago, life for a chief marketing officer was a lot simpler than it is today. A brand’s narrative was a controlled monologue and the formula for awareness involved nurturing and building the brand, partnering with an amazing agency, diligently targeting the right consumers in the most impressionable places, and…

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Fast Company
September 8, 2011

Street-Performance Inspiration For Branding And Boardroom Success

After leading a global innovation summit a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to venture out into London for a morning, doing what I love to do in big cities: be a cultural voyeur. Walking through the markets, the squares and arcades, I stopped…

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Fast Company
August 31. 2011

The Made For Good Model Of Successful Cause Marketing

Cause marketing has been proven to boost sales, engagement and customer loyalty, but are the new models of embedded generosity a passing fad or the new fundamental? Knowing what we do about the phenomenon in human behavior…

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BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
AUGUST 2, 2011

Connect Your C-Suite To Your Customers

Executive team members can benefit significantly by putting customers first and getting to know them better. Here are suggestions for making the connections happen: 1. Move research from ignored to inspired. Elevate the importance of research and ensure it is a function that informs all areas of…

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New Hope 360
August 1, 2011

How Do We Solve Our Obesity Problem? Ask Annie’s CEO

In our rapidly changing and complex world, one trend we’re seeing is a return to simple, homegrown, fresh food and with this in mind, I wanted to find out what John Foraker, the CEO of Annie’s Homegrown Foods, had to say about the future of food.

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL
JULY 25, 2011

Top 10 Characteristics Of A Successful Leader

Garry Ridge, the CEO of WD-40, is a bold Australian and the steward of one of the world’s most iconic and unusual brands. He believes that effective leaders have a clear, teachable leadership point of view and are willing to share it with, and…

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FAST COMPANY
July 15, 2011

Less Food. More Nutrition.

There is no doubt that we are living in one of the most revolutionary times in history with significant changes in economies, demographics, democracies, energy, communication, creativity, connectivity, technology, and food supply. And while I know John Foraker, the CEO of Annie’s Homegrown Foods, has opinions…

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Fast Company
July 14, 2011

What Can CEOs And Presidents Learn From Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the Nike of self-defense. It has reached a level of notoriety as the most effective, fastest growing form of self-defense that people are learning to confidently protect themselves. Executives are starting to reference…

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL
JULY 13, 2011

Show The Love To Get The Love From Customers

Rumour has it that we’re becoming a service-based economy. Some say we’ll be a country doing nothing else in the not-so-distant future…

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FAST COMPANY
JULY 12, 2011

A Little More Hope Please

Not sure about you, but I couldn’t live in a world without hope. A life without optimism, imagination and hope would be like a life without a smart phone. You couldn’t live a day without it. Think about it. We live in a world where individuals and governments are constantly providing the media with opportunities to…

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FAST COMPANY
JUNE 30, 2011

Fish And Tips: Talk To Your Customers Like People, Not Prospects

Many brands seem to find it hard to make a real connection with their consumers and they end up selling to them rather than inviting them into a compelling conversation. Teams who manage brands often lack a deep understanding…

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Fast Company
June 23, 2011

5 Tips For Transforming The Micro-finance System

During a recent visit to Michelin, their CEO was proud to share an initiative where Michelin had allocated $2 million for lending to local small businesses in light of the economic crisis. Its success got me thinking, “Why hasn’t the domestic micro…

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Fast Company
June 14, 2011

Pleased To Meet You: An Uncommon Sense Guide To The Real You

Some of us live our lives without knowing who we really are, bumping through days without understanding what makes us tick at our core, or why we react to situations and people the way we do. Put another way, there’s a large percentage…

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Fast Company
June 1, 2011

Happiness = Gratitude + Generosity + Sincerity

Where there is happiness you will find success

The path to personal or corporate happiness can be found in the simple, yet powerful, equation of mixing a healthy dose of generosity toward others, with…

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Fast Company
June 2, 2011

The Power Of One: Food For Thought 2011

Flying to Greenville, South Carolina and taking time away from my family wasn’t on the top of my list of must-dos, but Food for Thought, an event produced by Erwin Penland, was an amazing experience to fuel the mind. From the opening speaker to the closing performer, it was a marathon of inspiring learning…

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Fast Company
May 24, 2011

Alex Bogusky: Avoiding Crisis By Taking A Turn At Midlife’s Crossroads

I met Alex Bogusky at the FearLess Cottage earlier this year and discovered that we have a number of things in common: we share a deep interest in climate change, the food system, and early-stage venture investing. We have some differences…

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New Hope 360
May 3, 2011

5 Dos and Don’ts Natural Product Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Big Guys

On the surface, startup companies and large organizations are very different. But small entrepreneurial ventures can learn from the best practices perfected by seasoned companies. Here are five dos and don’ts gleaned from…

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FAST COMPANY
April 28, 2011

Lessons In Uncommon Sense: Five Things Corporations Can Learn From Entrepreneurs

There’s a stark contrast between sitting in an endless meeting with 10-15 people on a product development team in a multi-national, listening to rationale and pontification versus the focused energy of a small team in a entrepreneurial…

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Fast Company
April 1, 2011

Five Lessons in Uncommon Sense From Guy Kawasaki’s “Enchantment”

People are organic, fluid and emotional, while companies are structural, rational and linear (and, oftentimes, lack a soul). C-suites are acutely focused on the rational, practical, metric-outcome side of running business…

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Venture Beat
March 10, 2011

5 Uncommon Ways to Pitch Potential Investors

Pitching your business to potential investors is like dating. It’s time draining, incredibly stressful and an emotional roller coaster. And like dating, the overall process seems to be in desperate need of an overhaul…

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American Express
February 28, 2011

How to Cherry-Pick the Best Ideas of the Big Boys

Sometimes, I get really jealous of large corporations. Not often mind you, but occasionally.

Like you, I used to work for the Man. Mostly, I hated working for the Man…

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Fast Company
February 25, 2011

Love Thy Customer

Rumor has it that we’re becoming a service-based economy. Some say we’ll be a country doing nothing else in the not-so-distant future. While I don’t buy into that extreme, if it’s remotely close to the truth, then most of us have an enormous amount of work to do. Either way, service and serving others is central to the success…

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Fast Company
February 17, 2011

Made to Give: How FEED Bags at Whole Foods Fed Rwanda’s Children

What’s all the fuss about embedded generosity, triple-bottom-line capitalism and social responsibility? Is it a new trend? Is it the latest manifestation of the human spirit? Corporate giving is definitely not a new concept. Large companies…

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Fast Company
February 2, 2011

Getting the Love You Want

I’m naturally drawn to people who have a clear sense of purpose and direction in their lives. People who are comfortable with themselves, know why they get up every day, and what they bring to the world. Brands who have a clear sense of purpose exude a confidence that inspires a passionate and engaged…
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Advertising Age
January 4, 2011

Want to Make a Bigger Impact This Year? Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

There’s something rather invigorating about this time of the year. We’ve said goodbye to last year; we’ve got all of our lessons, successes and failures processed. Now we’re back to work with vigor, ready to learn and to produce. We’re armed…

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Union Tribune
January 3, 2011

San Diego Branding Guru Knows What Sells

Branding guru Shawn Parr is paid millions of dollars by global corporations — such as Adidas, Virgin and Starbucks — to shake up their marketing teams, tell them bluntly what he thinks of their products, and get them thinking like a…

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Fast Company
December 31, 2010

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Innovative Teams

With a new year dawning, you may be asking yourself, “How can I succeed? What can a company do to innovate?” Here are 10 ways to find yourself reimagining your work and changing your business…