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August 29, 2014, 11:24 am

Did Obama or Your Boss Overstay Summer Vacation?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Every August, millions of Americans take vacations. And every year, the most powerful of them, their president, takes a lot of heat just for taking his—and also for where he goes. Powerful business executives, too, take hits for their choice and length of retreat.

The American model of … [continue reading... ]

June 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Can We Brand with the Singing Nun?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

The Internet’s newest buzzy phenom is Suor (Sister) Cristina, a 25-year-old Italian woman known as the Singing Nun. She won the Italian version of “The Voice” by a landslide, capturing 62 percent of the votes, which The Guardian pointed out is better than Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi did when elected. … [continue reading... ]

April 22, 2014, 10:28 pm

Is Pot-Related Marketing The Next Big Gold Rush?

On the high holiday yesterday—4/20, that is—my friend and PR client Jason Hairston, the young entrepreneur behind the übersuccessful Nugget Spot in New York City, happily shared an article on Facebook. It was a Thrillist roundup of the city’s top 32 places to cure the holiday munchies.

Turns out Hairston—whose deep-fried nuggets of chicken, fish, pork, … [continue reading... ]

March 27, 2014, 9:01 am

Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Just look at how Hollywood’s depictions of finance guys have evolved. In 1946, in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the softhearted banker wins out. … [continue reading... ]

September 6, 2013, 9:01 pm

How Words Paint the Trends: New Words of 2013

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Last week’s announcement of the newest additions to Oxford Dictionaries Online (the esteemed Oxford University Press’s free online dictionary) set media commentators and the social Web on fire. People smiled at their favorites, made fun of others, and began debating what it all says about our culture and the … [continue reading... ]

August 21, 2013, 9:51 pm

The Duchess, Kim Kardashian, and the New Trends and Mores Around Birth

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

The summer of 2013 has been an especially fertile time for spotting currents and trends related to pregnancy, babies and birth. Two of the planet’s most strongly branded women, at diametrically opposed ends of the cultural spectrum—the reluctantly regal, much-admired commoner turned duchess Kate Middleton and the … [continue reading... ]

May 27, 2013, 11:43 pm

The Many Reasons the Royal-to-Be Will Be Baby of the Decade

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

Kate Middleton’s due date is still a month or so away, and already the little royal-to-be has been the subject of more speculation, analysis, rumor and anticipation than just about every other person who was ever born—combined. The close, unending attention that has been paid ever since … [continue reading... ]

March 22, 2013, 9:19 am

Why Are Entrepreneurs Nearly Always Sexier Than CEOs?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

It used to be that receiving a CEO title—and the corner office and tufted-leather sofa that came with it—was the acme of professional success. It was the recognition of a lifetime of hard work, of moving up the ranks, of following the path to its pinnacle. Once you’d … [continue reading... ]

February 27, 2013, 9:01 am

Would Mindy McCready Have Agreed with Her Final Branding Statements?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

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... ]