The Land of Lego

By |July 30th, 2015|

We just returned from the “Land of Lego.”  In other words, Denmark.  The colorful little blocks we all grew up with were invented there in 1949 in a town called Billund.  In the past fifty years, they’ve gone around the world.  Once almost bankrupt, they have re-emerged to become by some accounts the largest toy […]

By |July 14th, 2015|

I’m a Malcom Gladwell fan.  I’m also a self-proclaimed “challenger brand marketing” expert.  So, Mr. Gladwell’s latest book: David & Goliath, is right up my alley.

He reminds us that the industry giant is not often what it appears to be and that size alone is not a strategy.  In fact, size can often be a […]

Greek Mythology

By |July 9th, 2015|

My friend Ann sent me this.  It’s a little funny but mostly sad.  The last time we were in Greece, we were gathered up and found ourselves at the receiving end of a “micro-public-relations” campaign.  We discovered–between the grape leaves–that our hosts were on a mission.  The premise was that the international media and particularly […]

An Anachronism is Ended

By |July 6th, 2015|

It was hard to believe, even thirty years ago, that this was the best or most efficient way to do anything. No doubt you’ve heard it on the news but, being from Chicago, I can’t resist a comment.  Today is the day the trading pits are closing at the once mighty Chicago Board of Trade […]