The Awards for Creativity in Advertising We Should (Also) Be Giving

It is again time for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.   Formerly known as an ‘International Advertising Festival,’ the annual event’s official name was changed in 2011 to reflect the rapidly changing fields of brand marketing and creative communications and to embrace the innovation increasingly emerging from adjacent industries based in technology and client… Continue reading

The Leadership Legacy of Charlie Bluhdorn

Some of the most iconic films in the history of Hollywood are referred to as ‘happy accidents.’ Despite emerging from erratic story development, casting battles, and even public controversies, Casablanca, High Noon, and The Godfather are examples of projects that have become timeless classics. The serendipity eventually attributed to the films typically focuses on the successful if unexpected harmony… Continue reading

The ‘Whiplash’ Effect: Rethinking the Lessons of Musical Leadership

For many years, the conductor leading an orchestra has provided a useful metaphor for thinking about how to lead diverse talents gathered around a shared purpose. The metaphor assumes multiple forms, of course, from the commanding George Solti to the inspiring Gustavo Dudamel. A favorite TEDTalk, by Italy Talgam, captures the power and complexity of… Continue reading

New Books for Creative Leaders to Read to Start 2015

The coming months feature an impressive batch of new books on various aspects of creative leadership. Surveying history, crossing fields of endeavor, profiling individual leaders, and examining multiple industries, they offer fresh insights and practical guides to action in business and life. For readers looking to become more creative and effective, inspired and inspiring, the… Continue reading

Top Ten Creative Leadership Books of 2014

Each of the top ten books of the past year offers fresh ideas, actionable insights, and imaginative solutions to a range of pressing challenges faced by creative leaders. The listed titles, including the notables that follow, celebrate thinking differently and acting differently in order to foster creativity, build innovative organizations and better engage customers across… Continue reading

Vulgar Creativity

“Companies constantly tell us about their commitment to excellence, implying that this means they will make only top-shelf products. Words like quality and excellence are misapplied so relentlessly that they border on meaningless….To ensure quality, then, excellence must be an earned word, attributed by others to us, not proclaimed by us about ourselves.” –Ed Catmull… Continue reading