Being a Man: The Metrosexual Era a Decade On

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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.

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... ]

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... ]

May 29, 2013, 12:20 pm

How Using My Brain Has Helped It Heal

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

As we approached Brain Tumor Awareness Month (it’s every May), I had coincidentally been posting about my own repeated misadventures in and recent return visit to brain tumor land. Some of what I wrote or tweeted about might have sounded a bit crotchety (the stress of … [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... ]

March 14, 2013, 9:25 pm

What Having a Brain Tumor Can Do for Your Brand

Originally posted on More.com.

For the record, I’m not suggesting that anyone try to give herself a brain tumor. (How would that even be possible? Tape your smartphone to your head? Slather your scalp with parabens?)

But I can’t help thinking about the fact that for a handful of famous, already alluring women, a brain tumor diagnosis … [continue reading... ]

December 20, 2012, 11:46 pm

The Future of Education: Constant Schooling

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

This is the seventh in a series of 14 posts expanding on Salzman’s forecasts for 2013 in her annual trends report, a program of global communications group Havas Worldwide. This year’s book, What’s Next? What to Expect in 2013, was published on 12/12/12 and is available at … [continue reading... ]

December 11, 2012, 10:12 pm

Economies Go Alternative

Originally posted on the Huffington Post.

This is the fourth in a series of 14 posts expanding on Salzman’s forecasts for 2013 in her annual trends report, a program of global communications group Havas Worldwide. This year’s book, What’s Next? What to Expect in 2013, will be published on 12/12/12 and available at … [continue reading... ]

August 10, 2012, 9:05 am

For Better or for Worse

Originally published in longer form on Stamford magazine’s website.

It’s as much a part of today’s office culture as mediocre coffee and birthday cupcakes from the nearest deli—and a whole lot more fun and useful for maintaining sanity. I’m talking about the work spouse, that person who is a sometime confidant, habitual … [continue reading... ]

June 4, 2010, 8:08 pm

BP’s Branding Backfires

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

For the past 40-plus days, BP’s devastated oil well has been gushing cautionary tales almost as fast as it’s been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Executives should have listened to engineers who expressed misgivings about drilling technology. Corners should not have been cut. Regulators should have paid more … [continue reading... ]

February 16, 2010, 9:15 pm

Rethinking the Presidency

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

President Obama’s latest poll numbers may be decent—a New York Times/CBS News poll found that he has higher approval ratings than the GOP, and that more Americans blame Congress, George W. Bush and Wall Street for our problems than they do him—but we hoped for better than decent from this … [continue reading... ]