“Outrageous Fortune”: Why “Culture” In Business Matters.

[When companies get too successful to fast, this often happens…] Does this ever happen to you? A person that you’ve known forever, maybe since you were kids, suddenly becomes very wealthy? Winning the lottery , inheritance, bought out by Google, etc.? And then suddenly, it changes them? They start acting all weird? They suddenly get all […]

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Economics 101

Tis the season that will define whether 2012 was a retail dud or success. I’m always amused by the pundits who talk of economic growth or decline and that ‘consumer confidence’ plays a huge part in the determination of growth. Consumer confidence is in reality, nothing more than a measurement of state of mind. If […]

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The gapingvoid Value Proposition

[More thoughts on “Business Needs More Art”:] I doodled the above cartoon/line just now… Maybe it’s just as simple as that: gapingvoid art is a great way for your office vibe to up its game, without having to pay higher rent or hire that expensive architect or decorator. This is work in progress. All feedback […]

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As followers of my Twitter stream will know, last week I was in Toronto, live-cartooning at Innotribe 2011. Innotribe happens every year at Sibos, the ENORMOUS international banking and financial conference put together by SWIFT. Chris Skinner wrote a nice overview here, with the gapingvoid photstream over here. My job was to “live-toon” drawings over the […]

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Greetings From Toronto

  It’s always interesting to expand frontiers. The kind folks at SWIFT invited me to draw at their teeming SIBOS conference this week in Toronto. SWIFT has an amazingly interesting business. They have a network of data centers that manage secure messages between 9,500 member banks. These messages transfer 2 TRILLION dollars a day between […]

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smarter conversations: psfk.com

I’m a huge fan of PSFK.com. I’ve been following Piers and his team for years. Recently I’ve even started publishing weekly cartoons on PSFK, for no other reason than I think it’s a very groovy crowd to be part of. PSFK is a well-known strategy, trends and ideas blog, focusing mostly on advertising and design. […]

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“the only way to keep your job nowadays is to constantly re-invent it”

This rather sad article in the New York Times about long-term, middle class unemployment got me thinking… Got me thinking about the cartoon above, in fact. Any long-time blogger knows this: The only way to keep people reading your blog is by “Constant Re-Invention”. Keep on finding new things to talk about. Keep on DOING […]

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“and if only one percent of those people…”

I got this story from Derek Sivers, about a musician who bought a quarter-page ad in a big magazine. The magazine had a circulation of a million readers: The musician had pressed up 10,000 copies of his CD in anticipation of 10,000 orders that were sure to come through that week. He kept saying, “If […]

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savile row, three years on.

Thomas Mahon and I launched English Cut, a blog about the life of a small, Savile Row tailor, three years ago this week. 1. Our backstory was told pretty well in Robert and Shel’s 2006 book, “Naked Conversations”. A traditional English tailor [Thomas] and a blogging cartoonist [Me] live in the same remote, Cumbrian village. […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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