The Poet Who Invented The Jello-O Jiggler

J-e-l-l-o. Did you hear the jingle? Did you know it was a poet, not a marketing guru or stiff-suited executive who turned Jell-O around with the “Jiggler” for General Foods back in the late 1970s? Arts-oriented business people, meet your folk hero: Dana Gioia. Gioia described himself to Tyler Cowen as “a poet who needed … Continue reading The Poet Who Invented The Jello-O Jiggler

Podcast Of The Week: Brené Brown On What Vulnerability Isn’t

Adam Grant is lining up all my favorite people at the moment, and this WorkLife podcast with Brené Brown does not disappoint. What I like most about this conversation is they focus on how vulnerability, shame, guilt, authenticity, boundaries, and more - belong in our conversations at work. Not fit in, belong. Uncomfortable yet? It’s … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Brené Brown On What Vulnerability Isn’t

Podcast Of The Week: Helping Artists Bring Out The Truth With Rick Rubin

It’s no secret I’m a Rick Rubin stan over here (see these posts). Getting to hear two people I’m fascinated by really talk to each other about their craft is one of the best parts about the podcast medium. Koppelman brings his background in storytelling and love for music to the table to ask Rubin … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Helping Artists Bring Out The Truth With Rick Rubin

Podcast Of The Week: Remembering MF DOOM

What do you do when a murderers’ row of critics, curators, and artist representatives all talk about the beginnings of one of your favorite artist’s careers? You listen twice. This isn’t for everyone, but there’s an MBA in here somewhere for those that care. MF DOOM passed away on Halloween at the age of 49, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Remembering MF DOOM

Podcast Of The Week: Branford Marsalis On Life, Learning, And Pushing Boundaries

Branford Marsalis, the legendary sax player, composer, and improviser, sat down with Questlove on the Questlove Supreme podcast for what has to be one of my favorite interviews of the year. They cover: the harm stubborn nostalgia can bring, how to approach challenging music (or ideas), the value of critics and how to handle them, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Branford Marsalis On Life, Learning, And Pushing Boundaries

Do Something They Can’t Or Won’t Do Because It’s Hard

“The trick to brand strategy is to do something others can’t or won’t because it’s really hard.” -Scott Galloway The questions: what won’t others do, what do they think is really hard, what would really separate us from someone else in a comparable position or field? Some examples: Apple making a delightfully usable and intuitive … Continue reading Do Something They Can’t Or Won’t Do Because It’s Hard