Being a Man: The Metrosexual Era a Decade On

The force behind metrosexual mania in 2003, Marian is now CEO of Havas PR North America, which produced this paper. Click here to read more about how she helped usher the word into pop culture and how what it means to be a man has evolved since then.

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February 27, 2013, 9:01 am

Would Mindy McCready Have Agreed with Her Final Branding Statements?

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A colleague of mine recalls a time when a new boss had taken over her department and everyone was anxious. One of his first acts: handing out New York Times obituaries of distinguished people. “Read these,” he said, “and think about what your obituaries would say.”

His gambit worked. The … [continue reading... ]

February 19, 2013, 9:01 am

2013 Will Be Brutal for CEOs

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I recently came across some survey data that suggests 2013 will be a tough year for CEOs—or, at least, many of them believe that it will be. Now that the economy’s “green shoots” of recovery are starting to bud into potential blossoms, expectations are up in terms of … [continue reading... ]

February 18, 2013, 9:00 am

Finding (Who to Blame for) Nemo

Originally published on Stamford magazine’s website.

Global warming makes me feel overwhelmed. I’ve been writing about extreme weather and various trends surrounding it—from weather watching in the social media age and our need to feel in control to the global state of discussions about clean water—for so long, but now that I’m living it, I’m tired. … [continue reading... ]

February 15, 2013, 9:01 am

More Than Words

Originally published on Stamford magazine’s website.

As a trendspotter, my eyes tend to be forever focused on the future, but one of my favorite ways to look back is through various linguists’ and lexicographers’ annual words of the year lists. For 2012, the rearview mirrors at the major dictionaries focused on big … [continue reading... ]

February 12, 2013, 9:01 am

Mayor of New York, a Helluva Brand

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Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Fiorello LaGuardia: The mayors of New York City have long been men with outsize personalities and strong personal brands. Not only have they had one of the most influential, highest-profile platforms in the nation, but they’ve also been strategic about positioning themselves and … [continue reading... ]

February 5, 2013, 9:01 am

Why Can’t Ben Affleck Fix His Personal Brand?

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I can’t muster up too much sympathy for a Hollywood star whose personal branding woes haven’t prevented him from earning more money than most of us ever dream of seeing, but from an image point of view, I do feel bad for Ben Affleck. Even after all these … [continue reading... ]

February 1, 2013, 9:01 am

What Does Lance Armstrong’s Scandal Teach Us About Personal Branding?

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Even though Lance Armstrong has been in the news for months—the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s incriminatory report was released in early October, though speculation was raging well before that—he’s really just at the beginning of his problems. From a crisis management and personal branding standpoint, he has a long road … [continue reading... ]