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Welcome to the Success Lottery! A short review of Gladwell’s “Outliers”.

In his new book “Outliers” Malcolm Gladwell debunks the common belief that being a hard working genius is all it takes to be exceptionally successful. Looking into fields as diverse as Canadian (Ice) Hockey, M&A Lawyers in NYC, and PC Tycoons – he discovers two things: (1) Yes, it takes about 10.000 hours of practice to become good at anything. If you’re... Read More

Ian Tate has seen the future.

Because nothing beats a list: Here is his list of the 10 things that will happen in advertising in 2010. I like the Andriod one, and the newfound love of small campaigns. But that’s like going for a penalty kick against a 2nd grader. The rest is a bit too intentionally hazy but nevertheless instructive. Take a look at the google doc presentation.  Read More

The adman's bucket list. Is yours ready?

A while ago, I co-ran a little website that asked the question where the 40plus-year olds in advertising have gone. Obviously, I was 39. :-) I was expecting to receive eye witness material about a secret copywriter graveyard. I was convinced that one morning, we would just getup and slowly walk there to die, because our instincts told us to. Then, from time to time, researches and... Read More

Enemies of crap.

“The frightening and most difficult thing about being what somebody calls a creative person, is that you have absolutely no idea where any of your thoughts come from, really. And especially, you don’t have any idea, where they are going to come from tomorrow.” (Famous Ad Guy) True that. Art & Copy is a documentary about the people who started the creative... Read More

Neu im Regal: Diedrichsen. Eigenblutdoping

Interessanter Essay zu den  Möglichkeiten persönlicher Entwicklung: Jenseits der Alternativen von Weiterkommen und im Kreis gehen – mit dem bürgerlichen Bildungsroman auf der einen und der 68er Batikromantik findet auf der anderen Seite, findet Diedrichsen ein Drittes. Den Loop. Wer sich im Loop befindet kommt nicht voran, und entwickelt seine Erfahrungsmöglichkeiten... Read More