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 self-image based on what others feel about them.
Dogs never lose this, which is one of their most attractive traits.
But soon enough, we humans do become self-aware; we become absorbed by self-consciousness. We define ourselves, at least partially, by what others think of us -- by what we want others to think of us.
And many of us are uncomfortable with what makes us different ... a voice too high, a delivery totally unlike any other.
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 ...
April 9, 2013Gaga Secrets: The Top 3 Lessons from Lady GaGa
Even though she has remained largely out of sight for a year, recuperating from a serious injury and writing her next material, her following remains loyal. And you can learn a lot about making your listeners feel special by watching how she treats hers. 1. It's a ...
April 2, 2013Curiouser And Curiouser
Traits of the great... Curiosity may have killed the cat, but I think it's an essential trait for your success. All the best air talent and programmers I've ever known have what I would describe as a restless curiosity. They're interested in people. They're interested ...
March 26, 2013Thinking Or Feeling?
It makes a difference If you target females, you'll be interested in this study from Stanford University. It shows that "...generally speaking, women tend to self-identify as being more emotionally attuned than do men, and this plays out in persuasion." "In one ...
March 19, 2013Women, Your Show ... And Social Media
Who to trust? Social media. It's the future, right? Every company on earth is intent on mastering this new form of branding and marketing, and spending big bucks to learn on the go. When you cut to the chase, the idea is that if enough people "Like" a brand, lots of ...