The Right Kind of Wrong: Szechuan Sauce and the Hero’s Journey

By Mary McCool Can a hot mess be manufactured? McDonald’s recently proved it’s willing to try. Earlier this year, the chain’s “Mulan SzeChuan Teriyaki Dipping Sauce” returned to cultural memory […]

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Businesses Don’t Buy Things. People Do.

The Only Way to Succeed in this New Age of B2B Selling: Stories   Oracle is the world’s second-largest software company, a feat they have managed to accomplish without a […]

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Villains in the Valley: How America’s Innovators Have Lost Their Way

By Zach Kliger Silicon Valley startup Bodega believed they could reinvent the traditional corner store as a glorified vending machine — and they were very, very wrong. As soon as […]

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Open Office Critics Have It All Wrong

By Kate Faigen When it comes to the merits — or not — of open offices, it’s pretty much all been said already. The consensus appears to be that this […]

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

How TD Bank Ruined the Best Banking Brand in America By Ed Lynes In 1957, Better Living, an appliance store in Wisconsin, advertised itself as offering the “world’s lowest prices.” […]

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(Not) Loving It

By Erin J. Mullikin If 2016 was the year of tragic celebrity deaths, 2017 is proving to be the year of canned commercials from companies who loom large in our […]

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When Brands Lose Their Way

By Zach Kliger The fall from grace has been an essential ingredient in stories since humans first started telling them. Whether it be the fall of man or Prometheus stealing […]

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What Brands Can Learn from Great Novels

By Kate Faigen There’s nothing like a great book. I’ve found that few remedies can cure an ailment as brilliantly as beautiful words. Whether it be boredom, sadness, fear, or […]

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How Story can Increase the Number of Women Executives

By Kelly Sarabyn Sheri McCoy resigning from Avon Products marks the third prominent female CEO to leave her post in recent months. As only 5 to 6 percent of CEOs […]

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Harnessing the Power of Color

By Justin St. Louis Color is one of the most powerful instruments in branding; it gives life to a brand and can convert a logo into an emotional experience for […]

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