America Needs Some Perspective

I used to think that Americans like me who had a strong point of view on topics related to positive social change all had some sort of elevated perspective that precluded them from falling victim to ignorance - like the racists, misogynists, classists, elitists and other "ists" they fight so hard against with their good … Continue reading America Needs Some Perspective

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Hero or Outlaw: How Archetypes Can Tell A Brand Story

In 2001, The Hero and The Outlaw introduced the branding world to the use of archetypes. The book reminds us that humans relate to stories with strong characters, and that storytelling has an important place in marketing. According to Carl Jung, mythic characters—or archetypes—are ingrained in our collective unconscious. We use them to understand the … Continue reading Hero or Outlaw: How Archetypes Can Tell A Brand Story

Life Lessons From Prince: Part 3

(photo credit 3. Embrace your weird. It's what changes the world for the better. Prince was certainly not a human you would describe as “ordinary” or “mainstream” or the N word – “normal”. I think we all agree he was eccentric to put it midldly. Some might call it “weird” – for lack of a … Continue reading Life Lessons From Prince: Part 3

Life Lessons From Prince: Part 2

I found myself asking this morning why I chose to break this blog up into 4 pieces instead of just pulling it all together in one sitting and throwing it out there. I told myself it was for reasons related to practicality like the fact that people don't like to read long blogs and that … Continue reading Life Lessons From Prince: Part 2

Life Lessons From Prince: Part 1

As I sit here about to write this (it finally being the “right time”) I am remembering that a week ago around this time my wife and I were in our Minneapolis hotel room packing up our bags to head home, but not before heading out to Chanhassen to spend our final 5 hours at … Continue reading Life Lessons From Prince: Part 1

We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

I know what everyone has been thinking as we look gleefully forward to the end of 2016, with a desire to put the social and political turmoil behind us as well as say "good riddance" to the year that took several beloved artists from us. We are thinking, "How did we lose so many of our treasured … Continue reading We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

The True Commercial Spirit of Christmas

  I would like to thank Jim Hardison - a man who I have never met but whose work I have read in the context of my own professional pursuits, for this post. He and his partner run a company (called Character) that helps brands and marketers tell stories. And this story about the true spirit … Continue reading The True Commercial Spirit of Christmas

What Now?

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I’m not a liberal. I’m not a safe space, social crusader. I’m not a sore loser who can’t get over the fact that Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected president. The notion that I had to put what lukewarm support I had for a candidate behind her was a source of great frustration for me. I am, at my very core, someone with conservative foundations. I believe that men and women, whenever possible, should be free to live their lives without government intervention. My family and my Christian faith are the center of my life. I like my guns. Chances are, I’m better than you at using them. I’ve worked with and for the toughest most dangerous men on the planet-men you’ve read books about, men you’ve seen movies about. I’ll never claim to be one. But I’ve proven myself useful in their presence. I share this with you so you understand…

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A Plea for Post-Election Empathy From The Intellectuals

Here are links to two brilliant articles addressing the change we are seeing in our country - exemplified by our current presidential election. Cracked: How half of America Lost its Effing Mind HBR: What so many people don't get about the U.S. Working Class They are brilliant pieces.  One written before the election and one … Continue reading A Plea for Post-Election Empathy From The Intellectuals

The Perils of Adulthood Part 1: Making New Friends

The other day I was in my car listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts , This American Life.  The theme was related to the concept of human intimacy and all of the anxiety it causes. The second story was the one that really got to me. It was about how hard … Continue reading The Perils of Adulthood Part 1: Making New Friends