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u My father (born 23 April 1899) served in the 1914-18 war, in the Royal Flying Corps which together with the Royal Naval Air Service formed the Royal Air Force on April 1 1918. He was just 18 when he... Continue »
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Reichswald Cemetery, Germany. Photo and tribute courtesy of Alex de Groot, June 2018. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. For the Fallen Continue »
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Do yourself a favor and go follow Elon Musk on Twitter. Unless you work in one of his companies' PR departments. Then definitely don't. Because you'll likely want to ruin what's great about it. Last night he went on a... Continue »
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Last year, I heard Swedish axe maker Gabriel Branby speak at the DO Lectures. Gabriel’s company, Gränsfors, makes the finest forged axes in the world. He spoke about the essence of product development as craft. His company takes axe-making very... Continue »
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Most products are developed like a waterfall. Waterfall development is the classic sequential linear process where you finish one stage before moving on to the next one. You aim never to revisit a stage once you’ve finished it, so you’d... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) I’m enjoying Rework, the entrepreneurial handbook by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hanson, founders of 37signals. I was inspired to read it after meeting Mark Rohde, who drew all of the illustrations. One of... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) ADHD isn’t just for teenagers. It afflicts businesses and teams too. I once heard a venture capitalist offer to prescribe Ritalin to one of his portfolio companies. It’s easy to get distracted by the... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) We can thank adman Alex Osbourne for the Brainstorm (he's the O in the agency BBDO). Alex invented the Brainstorm in 1939 as an alternative to the usual meetings of "discouragement and criticism which... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) I had a "Lost in Translation" moment a couple weeks ago in a meeting with 20 French and Russian executives. It was the first time I'd ever been in a meeting where someone simultaneously... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) Last week I joined one of the better idea generation exercises I've experienced in a while. We split into small groups and toured the San Francisco Ferry Building to scout out retail merchandising ideas.... Continue »
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(to license this cartoon, click here) I learned the power of archetypes from Joseph Campbell's classic interview with Bill Moyers. The explore the universal themes, characters, and stories that repeat throughout history, appearing in every form of human expression from... Continue »
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(to instantly license this week's cartoon, click here) The quickest way to rankle a creative director is to ask to make the logo bigger. It's an age-old feud that has existed since the dawn of advertising. It's often the first... Continue »
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(to instantly license this week's cartoon, click here) My friend Michelle introduced me to the expression, Jumping the Shark, which is used to describe "the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise." It comes from the fifth season of... Continue »
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(to instantly license this cartoon, click here) Beta releases used to be restricted to small groups of Beta testers. A Beta release allowed you to work out the bugs before a general market release. When a product shipped, it was... Continue »
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(to instantly download this cartoon, click here) For many businesses, planning for 2011 is in full swing, particularly the horse-trading, haggling, and negotiating to choose the revenue target. The core business team develops a bottoms-up plan they feel is achievable.... Continue »
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(to instantly license this cartoon, click here) I recently heard someone refer to their legal department as a "Sales Prevention Department". I realized that most businesses have some sort of "idea prevention department", whether they nickname it the "VP of... Continue »
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(to instantly license this cartoon, click here) Whether on package copy, TV ads, or websites, most brands talk in the same self-referential and self-absorbed way. It’s by design. That’s usually the first filter of a creative review: run through a... Continue »
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Institutional religion has a long record of expressing concern -- and active caring -- for people in poverty. In recent decades, in fact, an approach to faith called liberation theology has used this language: God has a "preferential option" for... Continue »
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The recent massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has raised many questions about the state and nature today of the ancient hatred of the Jewish people called antisemitism. Resurgent antisemitism is a worldwide phenomenon, but it has different causes and... Continue »
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(to instantly license this cartoon, click here) In the social media bandwagon, brands place a lot of emphasis on the absolute number of friends, fans, and followers. They treat that number as a proxy for how well the brand is... Continue »
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