Lessons from a Life in Marketing Leadership

Lessons from a Life in Marketing Leadership

This past week I said, “Happy retirement!” to the best manager and leader with whom I have ever had the pleasure to work, Nancy Pechloff at Andersen. I refer to my time working with her as my “karate kid” days. The things she taught me have become such a part of who I...
You Have Odd Personality Strengths

You Have Odd Personality Strengths

This past week Gallup gave me an opportunity to download the details of the StrengthsFinder™ test I took several years ago. When I originally completed the test while reading Now, Discover Your Strengths, the test only offered insights into my Top 5 of 34 strengths. I...
The Best Marketing Job in the World

The Best Marketing Job in the World

On the latest Rattle and Pedal podcast, Jason Mlicki and I wrapped up a series on “Stupid Sh*t Marketing Should NOT Do” and how professionals could move from checking boxes off that list to, instead, checking boxes off of my list of “Smart Sh*t Marketing Should Do.”...
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

“This game’s very simple. You block, you tackle, you win. If you don’t, you lose.”  —Andy Easton Every Fall at the start of football season, my teammates and I would recount the prior season’s team strengths and playoff performance. Inevitably the conversation...
Does Your Team Have the Right Learning Mindset?

Does Your Team Have the Right Learning Mindset?

There is a lethal mindset at work in most American companies, schools, teams, and families. Left unaddressed, it allows bad bosses, teachers, and parents to kill more potential than the plague ever did. I call it the Training Mindset— a belief that someone else is...
Virtuous Leadership in Professional Services

Virtuous Leadership in Professional Services

“Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed of the day when a man would be judged ‘not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.’”   “What is the ‘content of character’?  It is virtue, or, more precisely, the set of classical human virtues–above...
Aligning and Exploiting Your Team’s Strengths

Aligning and Exploiting Your Team’s Strengths

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a role, stuck with a boss, and stuck in a life that just feels like all the universe’s karma is aligned against you and your dreams? If you’re not the Chosen One, I suspect you know what I am talking about. It’s not a fun place to...
Do You Have High Expectations for Your Marketing Team?

Do You Have High Expectations for Your Marketing Team?

With year-end approaching, many organizations are beginning their requisite employee evaluations. While evaluations are intended to provide fairness, paper trails and opportunities for “improvement,” they are of limited value in either helping marketers...
The Roles You Need on Your Marketing Team

The Roles You Need on Your Marketing Team

Professional services marketers fight hard to achieve their titles. Newbies start out as coordinators, move to managers, if they prove themselves, become directors, if they stick around long enough, and often become CMOs when they jump ship and negotiate the title...
The 3 Biggest Mistakes Marketing Leaders Make

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Marketing Leaders Make

“Send it to marketing and have them make it pretty” is a phrase you hear regularly in professional services firms. The “it” in the phrase could be a presentation, a proposal or any other brilliant marketing idea coming out of a practice. Most marketing organizations...

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