If you were a wine…

I take great pride in my birth year of 1993. I came of age in the time of cat-eye glasses, the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Limited Too, Linsey Lohan, bell bottoms, glittery plastic accessories, and Mathew McConaughey rom coms, what’s not to love.   This likely explains my shameless satisfaction with The O.C. It lovingly represents…

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Content creation for personal branding

Personal branding can serve a business purpose, but don’t let this overshadow an equally important purpose: having fun. Have you ever heard the phrase, “If you say you’re bored, then you are boring”? Well the same philosophy applies to personal branding, and more specifically how you plan out content creation for personal branding.  So let’s…

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Why Data Science

Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing. — Mark Batterson I love this quote. I admit I enjoy chasing…

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Choosing Trust

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”  — Maya Angelou  I woke this morning exhausted—Not physically, but emotionally. Rather than forcing an early wake-up call, I stayed in bed until it felt like a good time to wake up.  Around 6:30am, I went through the ritual of turning…

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Do we Dare To Predict 2021

Beyond new resolutions and fresh mojo, I look forward to January for the forecasts. I get giddy to dive head first into Pinterest Predicts, Ford Forward, Pantone’s Color of the Year, and the hundreds of other corporate reports that take their best guesses at what’s coming in the new year.  But this year, I’m far…

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Predicting Personal Taste

Netflix thinks it knows what movie I’ll want to watch next. Amazon thinks it can guess when I’ll need a refill on dishwasher soap. Wayfair is convinced I need new blue bar stools.  Most of these predictions miss the mark. Nevertheless AI is no doubt a fascinating and powerful technology. And if I had to…

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Becoming in 2021

Can we talk about character development?  I’ve always envied the people who continue to read ‘the classics’ after high school. The art history friend nannying in York that can quote David Copperfield, the art house cinephile you almost dated that can’t get enough of Philip Roth — these are the kinds of ‘bookish’ people I’m talking…

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Brining Relational Creativity Inside Companies

Influence  Find me a person that doesn’t want to be more influential.  But influence can take many forms. I recently came across what feels like a landmark HBR article, titled Understanding “People” People. The article speaks to four interpersonal dimensions that give someone persuasive power. One dimension in particular caught my eye: Relational Creativity.  Creative…

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What is the ‘why’ in your life?

I recently stumbled upon an intriguing essay prompt: “What is your personal ‘why’?”  It’s an interesting question,  and it took a few days of reflection to land an answer, but eventually the right words dawned on me. It’s a perspective, even an obsession, that I’ve carried with me for a while. So here goes. My…

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Biomedicine breakthroughs

Trends and I are friends. I am always hunting for niche news publications and newsletters willing to make bold, informed asserts about what’s around the corner.  This morning, I finally signed up for Trends.co, a subscription-based extension of the geniusly entertaining and unexpected newsletter, The Hustle. In a particular article, the author detailed category trends…

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Predictions in a mid-pandemic world

From this pandemic two kinds of changes will continue to play out: COVID-19 “bumps” and more enduring behavioral shifts. Many brands are looking to emerging technology and trying to take their best bets. What new habits will stick? What new use cases will be invented from existing technology?  It’s anyone’s guess, but here are my…

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The future of healthcare creative

This paper explores the evolving dynamics between our healthcare industry and the health & wellness economy. Questions of exploration include: What kind of crossover exists between  healthcare and health & wellness marketing and offerings? What challenges and opportunities can agencies expect with healthcare clients? ––– We have a global health crisis on our hands–proving to be the…

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Birthday party experiment

Part 1: The Premise  This past January I was planning my birthday only two weeks after the real date, which is pretty good for me. The plan was to enjoy some cocktails with a collection of my closest friends. Pretty typical, except I couldn’t help but see this gathering as an opportunity for good ol’…

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