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The Sweet Taste of Success: The Rise of Halo Top

A little ice-cream company went from ten employees to nearly $50 million in revenue and changed an industry in the process. Fundamental to their growth: understanding their core “public.”...

Retailers Who Missed the Writing on the Screen

Sears, once king of retailers, is now a cash-starved shell whose future is in doubt....

The Artist-Driven Vinyl Revolution

From Thomas Edison’s 1877 machine that played back on a rotating cylinder to 167 million vinyl LPs sold in 1985, vinyl’s warm yet crisp analog sound was a casualty in the digital eclipse of the compact disc, downloading and streaming.1...

The “Hat” throughout History: A Story of Efficiency

From ancient warfare to maverick retail, the idea of a “hat” integrated with near-obsessive efficiency has been a crucible for productivity and has changed society itself....

Marketing 101: How One Company is Resonating and Reverberating in the Music World

Whether you’re playing the same three chords or are a seasoned virtuoso, if you’re a musician, chances are you have strong, even fanatical opinions about your gear. One Chicago company was listening....

Pittsburgh, the Pentagon, and Chocolate: One Family's Legacy

The journey of Edward Marc Chocolatier is one of teamwork, ingenuity, adaptability and, above all, family....

From $900 Million to Zero: When Is Too Much Simply Not Enough?

We live in what has been termed the friction-free economy—where labor, information and money move around easily, cheaply and almost instantly....

Leadership Fundamentals: Local Impact, Global Scope

The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” rings true when seeking that elusive commodity called business leadership....

Zealous Users, A Burrito Truck, Parkour—A Glimpse into the Culture of Slack

One company, ironically called Slack, with a firm grip on its mission and market, was the fastest startup to elicit the elusive $1 billion valuation....

Man's Best Friend: A High-Tech and Human Approach

Rover is an online marketplace for canine care, changing the pet services game—and they do it through know-how, policies based upon compassion, and setting the bar high....

Word of Mouth: Your Ticket to Epic and Legendary!

Word of mouth is the Golden Ticket, the Lotto Jackpot and the Holy Grail all rolled into one righteous package that in its purest form costs absolutely nothing....

How Not to Burn Out in Sales!

So, you think you want to be a salespeep or you already are one and don’t know what to do with yourself? Salespeople often take a bad rap and it is so easy to burn out. There are promises galore of making the big bucks and cashing in. And then there are the realities of failed closes and going down the tubes. Salespeople live on the edge, on the very precipice of life, because they are empowered to move the goods, prime the pump, get the products out there. In doing so, they run the gamut and come up with all kinds of ways to “change” the system and make the big bucks. Salespeeps often make the big screen and are “celebrated” in the movies....

The Magic of Surveys: How Warby Parker Disrupted the Eyeglass Monopoly

In this David and Goliath story, David wears stylish, quality eyewear that he got for $95....

Copywriting & Communication: Cutting through the Chaos

In an oversaturated digital landscape, can you communicate with class and get the desired results?...

Financial Planning Tips Applied to a Megabit-per-Nanosecond Economy

The mantra “MAKE MONEY!”—central in our minds and nightmares; motivating millions to do work they don’t necessarily love, burning a candle at midnight and rising before dawn....

"Think Outside the Box!" Worn Out Buzzwords or Clarion Call for Sanity?

“Think Outside the Box!” Worn Out Buzzwords or Clarion Call for Sanity?...