Category Strategy & Competition

Lessons from Alexander the Great’s Siege of Tyre (332 BC)

Tyre was a fortress island off the coast of modern day Lebanon. The city was a strategic coastal base on the Mediterranean Sea. Alexander was so enraged at the Tyrians’ defence of their city and the loss of his men that… Continue Reading →

The Art of Not Taking Shit From Anyone

In the past, I’ve occasionally published a noteworthy memo or letter, be it internally from my day-to=day job or something epic and noteworthy I wish to reference in the future. This is from a legendary letter screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (of… Continue Reading →

Ambition & Drive: The Confessions of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great is widely considered to be the most influential secular figure of all time. Nearly twenty years ago, I set out to explore why. In my writings here, I cite back to my books; instead of linking to… Continue Reading →

Double Verify: You Never Know Who’s Swimming Naked

I recently had a blast from the past, reflecting on my decade building WatchMojo alongside some of the towering ad technology companies that are now going public As part of Advertising Week, Axios’ Sara Fischer interviewed me re: – YouTube… Continue Reading →

Are The Best Leaders Coaches?

We don’t always expand into the root of people’s difficulties, which sometimes stem from developmental issues that don’t original at work, but spill over into it. That’s going to change. Andrei Najjar asked me to join his Next Gen Marketing… Continue Reading →

Here’s the Only Reason Why News Was Sustainable in the 20th Century

News is expensive, timely, and not very brand-safe. Why did the economic model work in the 20th century and not now? Great deep dive into the challenges of digital news companies in the 21st century. Naturally technology plays a big… Continue Reading →

The Decade of Psychology

Success boils down to how you react to challenges, adversity and obstacles. Nearly twenty years ago in 2002, while at AskMen, I published Course to Success: Everything You Need To Succeed Beyond School. Having graduated from business school in 1999,… Continue Reading →

Can Culture & Communications Be Competitive Advantages?

In my recent Office Hours segment on ContextTV, I chatted with professor Ehsan Derayati re competition and how to stay ahead of the pack I returned to my alma mater to discuss strategy and competition and dovetailed into how culture… Continue Reading →

America Doesn’t Care About Black People

I’m clearly riffing on that infamous Kanye line, but convince me I’m wrong. The original title of this article was Why People & Organizations Reject D&I, in which I was going to feature my recent Q&A with Kurt Merriweather, who… Continue Reading →

Sins and Virtues

Over the holidays, I broke down how people, products and companies avoid Death, by looking at things through the Sins and Virtues. Success boils down to people – how we react to events, how we balance forces of Good vs… Continue Reading →

Mercenary vs Missionary: The Only Real Difference Between Facebook & Google

Facebook and Google are very similar and different, depending on the perspective and context. But the only real difference that matters today boils down to leadership. In reading that Facebook changed its mind in Australia, I will let others discuss… Continue Reading →

Will 2020s be Decade of Social eCommerce?

All social shopping is live, but at risk of being philosophical is all live shopping social? This past Sunday, Brendan Gahan and I got on Clubhouse at 4pm EST (link) to discuss social video, social shopping, live eCommerce and much… Continue Reading →

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