Want to lead more effectively? Follow Pope Francis’ example

I just read another headline about Pope Francis doing something controversial and it struck me how effectively he’s been able to lead the Catholic Church in just over a year. Without question, he exercises leadership by virtue of his position, but most of his actions hold valuable leadership lessons for […]

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People skills realize the innovative power of technology

It’s never been more important for marketing to speak the language of technology (IT) and for IT to speak the language of marketing. Why? Because technology is radically changing the world and marketing and IT have the opportunity to radically change the enterprise together. Yes, the stakes are high and […]

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How to put the customer at the center of your strategy #SASEC14

Leading your organization to faster, better decisions requires skill, agility, resourcefulness and above all -  analytics. In marketing, that combination allows the CMO to put the customer squarely in the center of strategy, and align operational execution around the customer focal-point. It's no coincidence that leading organizations, such as the world's biggest retailer, […]

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How to hire a portfolio of modern marketing assets

I have never liked referring to people as a “resource,” or as an “asset” in the impersonal sense. Even with people reporting in to me, doing that always seemed to trivialize the individuals being referred to and just never has sat well with me. At the same time, I’ve seen […]

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3 ways to retain top talent

Considering the large investment every organization makes in people, the impact of hiring and retaining talent can’t be overstated. With the pace of change facing most marketing organizations, what I see specifically is the need to find and retain people that are innovative, agile and anything but complacent. A tall order? […]

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Strategy shift: How CMOs are leading data-driven marketing (part 2)

As technology has changed the way people communicate, do business and generally lead their lives, CMOs have shifted their strategies to lead data-driven marketing in ways that maximize new opportunities and mitigate new risks. As the second in a two-part blog post, I’m sharing the recurring themes I’ve taken away […]

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Strategy shift: How CMOs are leading data-driven marketing (part 1)

Technology has dramatically changed the way people communicate, do business and generally lead their lives. It’s increasingly online, and it’s increasingly mobile. In turn, those technologies have created tons of data-driven marketing opportunities, and it turns out that there are some recurring themes in how CMOs are leading the charge. Big […]

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Want to be leading edge? Lead your edge.

So many companies today describe themselves as "leading edge," or they strive to achieve excellence or market leadership. And we all have our own ideas of companies that are leading edge, as well as the companies that may once have been market leaders and for any number of reasons have […]

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Guy Kawasaki on enchantment for achieving influence

I had the distinct pleasure today to hear Guy Kawasaki deliver a keynote address at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference 2012.  I thought of his engaging address as a nice guide for personal effectiveness, particularly in a professional realm.  And my main takeaway from yesterday's keynote address by Joe […]

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Business Lessons for Marketers from Joe Theismann

I just saw the legendary NFL quarterback Joe Theismann deliver his keynote address today at SAS Global Forum 2012, and as expected, he provided us with vivid anecdotes and recollections from his experiences both as a championship athlete and as a businessman. By delivering an engaging mix of humor, lessons learned […]

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