What is Marketing?

My wife says that I tilt at windmills when I try to convince the professional services world that Marketing is strategic and more than making things pretty. Alliance partners and business leaders say they have the “strategic stuff” covered. My marketing peers wonder why I expend so much energy and political capital fighting an undefeatable foe.  After all, it’s easier to just ride a horse in the direction it is going.

In the immortal words of John McClane in the movie Die Hard, “Yipee ki yay,…!”

How to Become a More Strategic Thinker

Immersing yourself in business books will never make you a strategic thinker. Not in a million years. Clients and friends often ask me how I developed my “strategic thinking ability”—what they sometimes describe as my way of connecting seemingly disconnected things...