Let Ricardo Semler into your DNA

Ricardo Semler is one of my greatest inspirations. Here he presents at MIT about leadership and what it is all about. Also look him up over at Wikipedia. Read his books and read articles on him. Get him into your DNA. This is a man in his own class.

Hooray for the data ninjas – NYTimes.com

Acknowledgement for statisticians is on the rise. The world of tomorrow is theirs. Every profession has to deal with massive sets of data so you better come prepared. Tom Davenport recently wrote a book on this topic as well by the title “Competing on Analytics”. Treat statisticians as princes and princesses; they will determine the future of organisations.  For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word – Statistics – NYTimes.com.

Enlightened Stupid Marketer

Does this ring a bell? Could you share an experience with us? (We will censor the names of people and companies.)

Truths of “Real” Marketers

The Top Ten Truths of “Real” Marketers – Marketing & Strategy Innovation Blog.

There are too many people wandering around bearing some title in marketing who aren’t delivering anyone any good. They don’t have a clue where they are going. Insecure, always looking over their shoulders, blaming, over-shouting to compensate their insecurity, covering up, shooting from the hip, constantly fleeing forward, proclaiming the latest buzzwords, etc. Besides that they hurt customers, colleagues and the company bottom line, they also hurt the marketing profession.

Sooner or later their scams get measured out in the press and the public in general gets the message that marketing is a bad thing. I don’t like this and it makes me angry that these self-inflated balloons totally screw up the marketing profession.

I’m proud of my profession, I love it, and sincerely believe marketing has something to bring to the table that serves everyone. But it starts with integrity, transparency and walking your talk. The above link from Alain Thys should be read as a code of conduct for every marketer (especially seniors).