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11.27.2012  /  

Make Art, Drink Wine, Stay Inspired

In a place where half the staff is paid to “be creative,” it’s especially important to maintain an environment of inspiration, exploration, and just plain fun. There are lots of ways to do that. One of our favorite ways is to throw a party. Every year, our Art Direction team hosts Make Art: Drink Wine, […] Continue Reading

Diary / Event / Video

11.20.2012  /  

An interview with Nilofer Merchant: The “Jane Bond of Innovation”

As businesses try to scale and innovate, sometimes using counter-intuitive moves are the best strategy. When Nilofer and I hike together, she does a great job asking critical questions, and then questioning my answers, forcing me to think through a more bold strategic play. As authors, we’ve worked hard to support each other. So, I interviewed […] Continue Reading

Book Reviews / Business / Interview / Strategy / Video

11.16.2012  /  

PowerPoint 2013: New and (Mostly) Improved

When 2012 closes and the Mayans have been proven wrong, we’ll all have something to celebrate other than the fact that the world hasn’t ended – a new version of PowerPoint. Sometime in January, Microsoft is expected to release Office 2013, and with it, the latest and greatest version of PowerPoint. Our team at the […] Continue Reading

Event / News / Technology / Tips / Tutorial

11.14.2012  /  

A Perfect Persuasive Story: Nehru’s ‘Tryst With Destiny’

When I deliver presentations internationally, I like to use examples of great speeches from the countries I’m visiting. When traveling to India, it was only natural to analyze the beloved speech “Tryst with Destiny” delivered by India’s prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Today would have been Nehru’s 123rd birthday. I wanted to honor his memory by sharing […] Continue Reading

Delivery / Message / Strategy / Video

11.07.2012  /  

Back To The Future: Slides Before PowerPoint

Before there was PowerPoint for presentations, there were slides. Real ones. They were tiny, and tactile, and delicate, and kind of delightful. Making slides was a trained profession for highly skilled designers and technicians. In fact, while researching speeches at the Stanford library, we came across several sets of slides for GE from the mid […] Continue Reading


11.01.2012  /  

Happy Halloween!

The polls are closed, the votes are in, and we’ve got the winners for this year’s pumpkin contest: And of course, we held the annual Duarte costume parade, complete with singers and dancers and comedians, oh my! ‘Til next year, Happy Halloween! Continue Reading

News / Video