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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Read Marian's award-winning four-part series from the Huffington Post about the brain (including creativity, collaboration, the information onslaught and the new definition of braininess) here.

February 10, 2014, 9:49 am

Crash the Gate: What the Class of 2014 Needs to Know About the New Route to Success

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

It’s 2014, and yet moldy old formulas for career success are lingering well past their expiration dates. But as I’m planning to elaborate on in a commencement speech I’ll be giving later this year, I finally see an end to that antiquated career path (find a … [continue reading... ]

January 7, 2014, 4:09 pm

Entrepreneur Envy

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

My entrepreneurial past appeared on New Year’s Eve like a ghost visiting Ebenezer Scrooge. There it was, as plain as the tuna tacos I was eating at a local hot spot, although perhaps tinted by rose-colored glasses (like the blood orange margarita I wished I had ordered, too).

The … [continue reading... ]

August 14, 2013, 11:55 am

Mr. Bezos Goes to Washington

[Originally posted on Forbes.com.]

What would you do if you had a billion dollars? David Geffen invests in fine art. Larry Ellison races yachts. Sergey Brin develops synthetic meat. Richard Branson buys anything that qualifies as an absurd purchase. And Walt Disney is rumored to have underwritten his own cryogenic eternity. … [continue reading... ]

June 3, 2013, 9:52 pm

Austin Envy

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

I’ve written a lot about how places make us and we make places—cities like San Antonio, Providence and Pittsburgh reinventing themselves and becoming newly trendy. But then there are those places that have been trendy for decades. Or rather, are just so plain cool that they transcend trendy.

I’m … [continue reading... ]

April 2, 2013, 9:01 am

“Bad Girl”? Great Branding

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

I recently received an intriguing email from a former branding executive who now runs a small marketing consulting company. Nancy Shenker, whose new venture is called theONswitch, found a way to build a personal brand by breaking rules, being rebellious and tapping into her self-professed “dark side.”

It sounds like a risky strategy … [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... ]

October 26, 2012, 9:01 am

PR and Innovation: It’s Complicated

Originally posted on PRWeek.com.

This is the third in a series of three posts that will discuss what I see as a PR émigré managing in a world where evolution meets revolution.

It is in our hands, we read about it daily, it is going to define the current decade, and each of us (if … [continue reading... ]

October 19, 2012, 11:12 am

Do People Make Places?

Originally posted on Forbes.com.

In our ever more digitized and virtual world, the centers of power are shifting. It’s not about establishment capitals anymore but innovative up-and-comers, where a critical mass of creativity is bringing about rapid-fire change, along with a good quality of life and a sense of like-minded community.

Some … [continue reading... ]

September 27, 2012, 8:03 pm

Citizens of Innovation Nation

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

In my last post, I wrote about the capitals of Innovation Nation—the cities and schools where creativity, entrepreneurialism and academia are intersecting to produce hotbeds of innovation. Now I’d like to look at who lives in and who leads Innovation Nation.

The importance of the human element … [continue reading... ]

September 26, 2012, 11:46 am

Innovation Nation

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

Forget about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What’s really making America tick these days is innovation, an idea that has been on my mind a lot recently. This is a crucial time for the company I lead as we rethink our own innovation strategy … [continue reading... ]