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First The Bubble, Then The Burst

By Kenly Craighill In a suburban Los Angeles garage, Chris Robinson stands uncomfortably, his arms not quite covering the text on his white t-shirt: “BANKRUPT BY BEANIE BABIES.” “This is […]

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The Sweet Smell of Story

How One Mall Retailer’s Holistic Embrace of Story Helped it Survive the Retail Apocalypse By Hannah Landers Tucked away in shopping malls across America, past fast-fashion retail chains on their […]

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Don’t Take Your Eye Off the Ball

How the NCAA Fumbled the Most Important Part of Its Story By Dante Pannell As the chilling laugh which concludes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” comes crashing through the speakers at the […]

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More than a Pretty (Inter)Face

earch for “dating” on Google, and the results are not surprising. Matchmaking and speed dating appear, but also endless lists of the “10 best dating apps for…” matched with some qualifier, ranging from specific professions to broad demographics. Countless singles have tried or found love, on at least one dating app since their inception.

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Perversion of Values

When Company Culture is Weaponized Against Employees By Hannah Landers Thoughtful. Customer-obsessed. Iterative. Powerful. Accessible. In it together. This list of adjectives conjures a workplace of camaraderie and shared responsibility—one […]

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King of Burgers, Queen of Pop

By Kenly Craighill In 2008, a doe-eyed, cowboy-boot-clad 18-year-old took to the CMT Music Awards stage. Her unmistakable permed curls, paired with a cutesy-country twang and puppy-love lyrics, made her […]

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Deadlier Than Cyanide

Johnson & Johnson’s Response to the Opioid Crisis By Hannah Landers “No more tears.” For more than half a century, Johnson & Johnson has made this promise to families across […]

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Never Forget Your Roots

How Brands Can Build a Future While Knowing and Appreciating Their Past By Dante Pannell Before he met with Unilever execs at their Park Avenue skyscraper; Before he sold his […]

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Serving Up More Than Chicken Sandwiches

How servant leadership empowers organizations to embrace their purpose and move brands forward. By Rachel Fox It billed itself as “the discount airline.” Air Southwest Co.—now known as Southwest Airlines—launched […]

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Shaken—Not Stirred

How alcohol brands grant drinkers permission to lie to themselves. By Dante Pannell “I’ll have a vodka martini. Shaken—not stirred.” For almost 60 years, James Bond has been disarming bad […]

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