Follow You Anywhere

It was almost exactly a year ago when I emailed my mentor and former boss yet another thank you note after completing a huge project for my first Canadian client. His response: "always pay it forward." Today, I found myself teaching others what he taught me... Paying it forward.

I wish he was here with me to see what he's done. He started something and he should be here to see it, not to accept our applause, but to silence it and push me -- all of us -- to do more. Not more in quantity but more in listening, more in art, more in humility, more in encouragement and more in service to others.

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The Super Bowl of Branding

With all the chatter following any Super Bowl, it's easy to lose sight of your own favorites in all the noise. The noise today is about Coca-Cola, Budweiser and Chrysler.

Coca-Cola released an ad with America The Beautiful  sung in languages from around the world, symbolizing that America is beautiful in any language or culture. The backlash from many folks was related to the patriotic nature of that song. Reactions may be tied to efforts over the last century to give America the Beautiful legal status either as a national hymn, or as a national anthem equal to or in place of The Star-Spangled Banner

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Supergroups hit the branding reset button, STP misses an opportunity

Brands have a flavor, style or sound that mean something to their fans. I recall hearing the CEO of Coca-Cola speak of letters received after ditching their time-tested formula which referred to the change as "messing with my fondest childhood memories."

For those of you tied to auditory memories from the 90's, Stone Temple Pilots release their newest album this month minus Scott Weiland, who was apparently fired in February from the group he founded twenty years ago. Weiland and STP are now trading legal actions as they cling to what they believe fans want from them and their talents, legacy be damned.

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