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.

May 7, 2014, 5:07 pm

Crash the Gates: The New Route to Success for Graduates and Everyone Else

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The career path many of us grew up with—find a big company, get your foot in the door, play by the rules, work long and hard, climb patiently up the ladders, and make nice with all the gatekeepers—is crumbling. So why should graduates, or anyone else, waste time … [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... ]

August 21, 2013, 9:51 pm

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

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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

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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 18, 2013, 10:55 pm

Branding the Pope

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I’m writing this just after the conclave of cardinals announced the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who last month became the first modern-day pontiff to abdicate the throne. They charted some new ground, choosing 76-year-old Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first non-European to fill the role … [continue reading... ]

March 5, 2013, 9:01 am

The Deal Is Off! What to Learn from the Fall of Groupon CEO Andrew Mason

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Andrew Mason’s unsurprising ouster from Groupon last week wasn’t entirely about his personal brand. As anyone who has been paying attention knows, the group-discount company has been performing spectacularly badly. Its fourth-quarter earnings report was awful, with a GAAP loss of 12 cents per share—that’s 10 cents more (or … [continue reading... ]

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 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... ]

January 3, 2013, 9:01 am

Football: Not So Super

[Originally published on Stamford magazine's website.]

Last year, I took the risk of being blackballed by a nation of rabid fans of the pigskin (and more than a few friends of my own) to ask the question: What is the future of football? In light of all the life-threatening injuries and dangerously … [continue reading... ]