June 18, 2013Becoming Irreplaceable
Rule One: Don't follow the crowd.
I subscribe to Seth Godin's blog because he always has interesting content, and it's usually brief.
A few months ago he featured a quote from Andrew Carnegie that I saved:
"Take away my people but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory."
Is there one large consolidated radio company in America operating on this principle?
Seriously, if you know one please share with us in the Comments section below.
Great radio stations have always been centered around great talent, whether it be management talent, like Mickey Luckoff at KGO ...programming talent, like Steve Rivers at KIIS ... or on-air talent, like Ron Chapman on KVIL.
June 11, 2013Why Ads Suck
It's the writing For years now, I've thought it was just me; I was the only one watching TV who was totally flummoxed by many of the ads I see. Now, a Harris study has found that television commercials leave 75% of viewers confused. 75%! The battle is difficult ...
June 4, 2013Killing Creativity
Metrics do it every time If you remember only one thing from this post, I hope it is this: "...brand preference is built on emotional connections." That quote is from Patrick Sarkissian, CEO of his own digital innovation agency. The effect I see most often in ...
May 28, 2013The 10 Most "Blissful" Places To Work
I think you'll be surprised I've written before about the need for purpose in our work lives, and this poll proves the point again. Four of the top 10 "blissful places to work" belong to branches of America's armed forces, and the U.S. Army barely missed out, coming ...
May 21, 2013The Real You
Imitation and flattery When we are very, very young, we don't care what others think. We live outside the zone of self-consciousness. It's one of the things that make little kids so funny and cute. They don't mind making mistakes because they aren't protecting a ...
May 14, 2013Porcelain Unicorn
Greatness is never achieved by playing it safe, by trying not to offend anyone. This story was risky on many fronts, as you will see. It's the Grand Prize winner of the Philips Parallel Lines "Tell It Your Way" International competition. I have a feeling it'll win a ...
May 7, 2013Creating Need
The art of marketing I'm as far from being an early adopter as one can be. I haven't bought an iPad, and won't in the foreseeable future. Research shows that only 13% of iPad buyers bought the device instead of buying a PC. In other words, it was a luxury purchase, ...
April 30, 2013Confidence Game
"Confidence is infectious." (Of this, I am sure) The author of that quote is my 28-year-old son, and he dropped it as we met with a very well-known TV and radio personality, who is closer to my age and a longtime friend. My friend lost his job earlier this year, and his ...
April 23, 2013Extraordinary Minds
Traits of genius In his latest book, "Extraordinary Minds," Howard Gardner, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a winner of a MacArthur Prize, often called "the genius grant," says that leaders share a significant number of characteristics, ...
April 16, 2013A Fourth World
Our son, the philosopher, recently moved home. His job at a law firm in LA disappeared about this time last year, and after exhausting his savings and unemployment, he did what he had to do. It has been an unexpected joy to have him back with us, something I would not ...