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New Video: Leadership Lessons from Leon

Fake news. Political vitriol. Legislative gridlock. Trigger-happy dictators. These topics currently occupy much of our mainstream media feed in the U.S. What leadership lessons do they teach us? Unfortunately, they perpetuate fear-based stories that beget more fear—and sometimes, feelings of lack, limitation, and separation. Some citizens and leaders respond by investing in the opposition party. They are signing […]

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24 Questions to Clear Innovation Clutter

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What contributes to marketing overwhelm (other than the 7,000 products on the martech chart)? Overstuffed calendars. They create marketing innovation clutter, which hampers growth and competitive relevance. How crowded is your calendar? Among our CMO communities, the predominant cause of marketing innovation resistance is self-inflicted overwhelm. It’s insidious. I have found that it’s usually triggered […]

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Netflix Star and Author Will Headline CLIC ’17

Leon, star of Netflix hit, "The Kindness Diaries"

We are pleased to announce Leon Logothetis, Author, Philanthropist, and host of “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix, will headline CLIC ’17. If you have not yet seen some of these inspiring streaming episodes, you’re probably wondering: why would any sane person suddenly get the urge to travel the world, relying solely on the kindness of strangers? And […]

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Why CMO Communities are Like Dark Matter

CMO community social - 2017

I often ponder what impact our CMO community has on our profession. Every week, I make time to reflect on the topic. How can I make our CMO community members more successful? How we can raise our group performance to new heights? While attending a Smithsonian lecture with my husband, Magnus, professor Priya Natarayan further […]

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Bonus Videos: Overcoming Marketing Innovation Anxiety

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What is marketing innovation anxiety? It happens when we keep postponing innovation conversations and initiatives. Unfortunately, in Western cultures, most of us believe that looking busy is a badge of honor, so we default to the familiar—managing our daily problem inbox. My curiosity around marketing innovation anxiety, and the lack of a true commitment to […]

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Video: Susan Weber Receives First Annual “CMO Beacon Award”

CMOs can often feel isolated and overwhelmed. And let’s be real: “going it alone” doesn’t work. That ranks high on the insanity list, along with trial and error and stoicism. Finding a peer community of like-minded professionals makes the difference between success and burnout. Yet searching for that perfect peer group can be even more daunting than the […]

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Fine Vines: Atlanta CMO Annual Social Highlights

CMO Atlanta Social

What do you get when you blend fun conversation, carefully selected wine pairings, and Balinese cuisine? A recipe for a highly memorable Atlanta CMO Annual Social! We celebrated our first year with our Marketing Leaders of Atlanta charter members. CMOs from QASymphony, Innovergent, Walker & Dunlop, iHealth Innovations, and others participated. Many joined me in sipping some […]

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New Podcast: Building a Strong Brand

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Are you committed to building a strong brand? Or, are you on the path to rebuilding an existing brand? If you answered “yes” to either question, you need to listen to this recent podcast (23 min. MP3) It features one of our Marketing Leaders of DC members, Stuart Foster. He’s the VP of Global Marketing at Hilton […]

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FastCompany post: Tough leadership lessons from 2016

2016 was one for the record books–and for some, it was a time to learn some tough leadership lessons. From Volkswagen’s ongoing emissions scandal accusations and arrests to revelations about Wells Fargo’s fraudulent consumer accounts, 2016 hasn’t been short on corporate missteps. In certain cases, leaders immediately admitted fault and changed course. Others denied, deflected, […]

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Marketing Innovation: Help from Honeybees

Honeybees? What is the connection between marketing innovation and honeybees? During our annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference (CLIC ’16), we scheduled a unique group activity that helped us explore that question. We observed active honeybee colonies up close during our conference at the Airlie Retreat Center. My intention was to raise awareness of the perilous fate of […]

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