Eames – Documentary


Watched this recently. To be honest, I thought Eames just made chairs. Only after watching this did I realize the impact he has had corporate marketing, design, product development, and advertising.

Give it a watch if you are in any way involved in a creative process. His process was second to none.

Favorite Part:

They mention that he quoted a client $75,000 for a project, and when it took him $150,000 to make and deliver, he paid the other $75,000 out of his own pocket, because he was a man of his word.


Some of my favorite tweeters

We all have had the day when you let the day slip away from you and before you know it, it is 12:00 and you haven’t checked twitter once. Oh the humanity…

On those days, there are people that you always read, and those that you skip. Most of the time I read my friends, and skip the more business-ish tweeters, but wanted to share some of the ones that I always read. I say these are my favorites, but before you get your feelings hurt, this is a list of complete strangers, and none of my friends, not even the really talented and interesting ones, have been listed. (you know who you are…)

So here you have it, my list of some of my favorite tweeters.

Obvious ones:

Harvard Business Review: Good tips for managers. Better management is the goal. Not sure I always agree with what they say, but from time to time, you can get some good nugets.

Bloomberg News: Bloomberg is a new one for me, but I am really enjoying it. They keep up with what is going on in the headlines with politics and the economy, but mix that in with a healthy dose of the startup world.

Garden and Gun Magazine: Inspiration. Good food, drink, and travel.

Fast Company: Good updates on all things business/innovation/trends. I screen this one more than all of the others, but it normally has some interesting/thought provoking reads.

Inc Magazine: Slightly more technical and helpful than Fast Company, but the same spirit. Where Fast Company is more popular news, Inc is more practical tips, information, and resources.


And for the slightly lesser knowns:

Lee Clow’s Beard: Great reminders/ kicks in the butt in the marketing and branding worlds. This one will keep you from being too impressed with yourself.

Vivek Wadhwa: Entrepreneur and professor at Duke and Harvard. Very sharp guy when it comes to all things start ups, venture capital, and globalization. (often linked to by Bloomberg)

Spike Jones: This world would take itself more seriously if not for Spike Jones. He is a great reminder that Social Media doesn’t matter, and would probably make fun of me for writing this blog. Oh well…

Richard Florida: Author of “The Great Reset” and all around master of macroeconomics as it relates to the recession. Read that book, and follow this guy. He is smarter than I am.



Up the Organization – A Book Review


Author – Robert Townsend

Title – Up the Organization

Elevator Pitch – 26 topics, one starting with each letter of the alphabet, of problems that occur when a company starts to suck… and how to fix them.

Favorite Quotes

“Fire the whole advertising department and your old agency.”

“And God created the Organization and gave It dominion over man.” – Genesis 1 30A, Subparagraph VIII

“If you can’t do it excellently, don’t do it all all. Because if it’s not excellent it won’t be profitable or fun, and if you’re not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing here?”

“Promises. Keep them. If asked when you can deliver something, ask for time to think. Build in a margin of safety. Name a date. Then deliver it earlier than you promised.”

Thoughts –

My father actually let me borrow this book, and if I am being honest, I was pretty skeptical about this one. I am always leery of books written by CEOs of big business, but after reading this I have to admit that I was wrong. This is an amazing book.

This once again proves the “don’t judge a book by its cover rule” which I more and more seem to be ignoring. This also proves the “just because they are old doesn’t mean that they don’t know what they are talking about rule”. While reading this book, I kept finding myself amazed at how much this guy, a man who ran a huge organization, was trying to run it as much like a start up as he could. There are multiple chapters about trimming the fat and firing unnecessary departments that are fronts for bureaucracy.

Pick this one up. You can find new additions from Amazon. You will enjoy it.

Don't be a drag!

I had a couple of comments on my previous blog that made me think I might need to clarify…

No matter if you are on a team, or work alone, you always have customers, clients, or some one that you work with when you work. I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t encounter another person at some point in their work process… (at least that would read my blog).

So, there is always a need to be a well rounded, personable, and not a jack-leg when interacting. Sure you need to delegate things you CAN’T do well, but there is a rising culture of forgetfulness, and lack of follow through, that can’t be pushed off on your “weaknesses”

I also love the “freelance guy” that can come in and help organize, restructure, etc… esp since I do that for people. I am just saying that there are always people that you work with, and if you are a drag on them, then your relationship won’t last.

Follow through, commit – only if you can deliver, don’t be a drag!

If you have push back, PUSH. I want to hear it.

great quote…

Branding is in every single aspect of a business and should be experienced at every touchpoint.
It has to infiltrate every tiny corner of a business. Also, it isn’t just about visual communication; it’s
about accomplishing goals that are essential to success. If you don’t see it that way, you could end
up being just decoration without definition.

asheville, nc

i find myself in a hotel room with both my wife, and two other men. a strange phenomenon for sure. jake, paul, marthas trouble and i are in asheville, nc recording a new ep at a recording studio up here. you will get it very soon… check out the new site at www.marthastrouble.com