The Magic Johnson way to marketing success

Earvin “Magic” Johnson  is very large in stature and even larger in personality. He is often remembered as a professional basketball star and is now making his mark in the business world in a characteristically large-sized way.  And Magic just loves to prove people wrong – especially if they tell him […]

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George Blankenship on doing the impossible

Word-of-mouth references and first-person accounts are usually the best way to get the “real deal” on something. It’s how you can get unfiltered information that’s almost as good as having the experience first hand. With that idea in mind, I was more than pleased to hear George Blankenship share his […]

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Leading marketing excellence with analytics

There is no shortage of technology buzzwords today - digitization, big data, the internet of things, mobile, social, cloud computing, and so on. For marketers, all these buzzwords can be at once astonishing, thrilling, exasperating, potentially overwhelming, and sometimes even downright cliché. But together, they're all part of the ways that technology is rewriting […]

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Set your compass to positivity for best results

I like to be reminded from time to time that having a positive attitude has so many better outcomes than the opposite approach. Some people try to make the case that focusing on positive outcomes actually drives positive outcomes, which sounds idealistic, but I think there's some truth to that idea. […]

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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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