How Beautiful is L’Oreal’s Future? How Bright Are Your Future Prospects?

In today’s tumultuous times, it takes more than reading tea leaves to predict your future prospects. I read with not a little interest a couple of recent articles about my former employer, L’Oreal, the #1 beauty company in the world. … Continue reading

Should Your Brand Be Political? Here Is How To Navigate Through Brand Politics

The question of whether your brand should be political is a hot topic these days. There was a great presentation I attended at SXSW 2018 by Latia Curry (from Rally) on the merits of politics in branding and how to … Continue reading

How Does One Effectively Create An Enduring And Successful Team Spirit?

This has to be one of the most enduring challenges for any business whether small or large. I was struck by the Bill Pennington article in the NYT, “The Ski Team That Sleeps Together Wins a Lot of Gold Medals” outlining the … Continue reading

Founding A Bona Fide Culture of Continuous Learning with Magoo Giles (MDE259)

Magoo Giles is the founder, director and chief storyteller (my words) at The Knightsbridge School, in the heart of London. In this conversation with the entertaining Magoo, we discuss role models, how he came to found the school, how one … Continue reading

Sexual Harassment: How To Evaluate And When To Pardon? Is Grace Ever Possible?

With all the mounting accusations of sexual misconduct by men in power, I have had several conversations in different countries — with men and women — that have made me pause. To date, there have been at least 40 well-known … Continue reading

How To Analyze Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods – Check Their Missionary Position

Will Amazon transform Whole Foods or vice versa? As this WSJ article posits, so far the impact seems to be the former. Naturally, the whole reason Whole Foods had to be acquired was because they were lacking in the results … Continue reading

Can Any Brand Be Authentic? How Does A Company Culture Become Authentic?

Many are the brand consultants, agencies and marketing articles that talk about the importance of a brand’s authenticity. Why is authenticity so à la mode, you might ask? I put it down to three factors: Marketing (as a function) and … Continue reading

Why Would You Pay for Organic Food, But Not When It Comes to Investing Your Money?

Are you someone who pays attention to what you eat? Maybe you even consider yourself a “foodie”? When it comes to grocery shopping, I have learned to be significantly more picky over the years. Certain ingredients are forbidden, like hormone-treated meats; and, … Continue reading

Fighting the tension between privacy and freedom of speech

Having just spent a week at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas, I heard a number of recurrent themes throughout many of the panels and sessions I attended. Two of the themes struck me as most paradoxical: the right … Continue reading

The End of Net Neutrality? Or The End of Neutrality Period

While net neutrality must not end, can a brand or company afford its own neutrality around important ethical issues?  Mr Trump is a disruptor. Love him or hate him, he is changing things up. One of the most unexpected and rather … Continue reading