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Principles of Graphic Design

One of the biggest changes of the internet age is hardly ever mentioned: people without formal training in graphic design produce a huge percentage of all the visuals we see today. That's not necessarily a good thing.  It started when computerized design became accessible in the mid '90s. Soon, everyone who could figure out the software started calling themselves graphic designers. But one can know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator without any understanding of the principl...
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

Everything You Know About Luxury Has Changed

Millennials are changing everything we know about luxury. Here are 5 key areas your luxury business must master to stay relevant.
Rethinking the Jewelry Industry

What I Wish Consumers Knew About Buying Designer Jewelry

When you introduce someone to the joy of buying art the experience can be transformative. Consumers should have that experience buying designer jewelry.


When Grownups Don't Do the Right Thing

Sometimes in business there is a broken belief that just because something is legal, that makes it ethical.

Can You Put 200,000 Miles On Your Brand?

But building a brand requires commitment to every aspect of your business, from the quality and cost of components, to post-sale support, and all the way through long-term product satisfaction.

The Real Real Thing

Gone are the days when a company could build a brand around things like good service, fast shipping, low prices, high quality, or good selection. Those things are now the minimum standard necessary to compete.

In it to win it: Don't let generic retailers and pricing models drag you off your designer strategy

You already know being in business for yourself is hard work. But working this hard for no money? Differentiate.

You Need to Attract the New Consumer. Now What?

Two new studies tell us the new consumer is different and the luxury market is changing, but they don't tell you what to do about it. Here are some ideas.


Your (Character) Slip is Showing

The most powerful thing a small business owner can do is be an effective leader, and ensure his entire organization conveys a strong message of character and integrity to his business community

Resolution #2: Become a Better Thinker

Most folks don't think. We react, daydream, deny, endorse, commiserate, argue, wish, and even wonder. But being a thinker is different.

Lead Like a Woman

When female leaders are tough, they make the gossip sheet. When male leaders are tough, they call it news. But women are better leaders, and shouldn't emulate male leaders to fit in.

That cash won't hatch! Don't let your strategic players just sit on it.

Managing a business through recession is all about cash flow. Keep in mind the entire system when you try to figure out who is sitting on your cash.

There’s No Pink Pill For This

We may be in the grip of a virulent form of mass business codependence.

Getting Focused


Sit. Crawl. Walk. Run. Stairs. The Strategic Process

If you follow a logical, tested, practical strategic process, you can implement all the strategic building blocks your company.

Ego and Humility: Seeking the Right Balance for Business Success

While a healthy ego is essential to any business success, it is the ability to balance ego and humility that leads to the most influential leaders.

Be a Better Leader Part 4: Create a Strong Business Culture

Strong leaders are integral to healthy business behavior. To influence the behavior of your organization, define a business culture and cultural norms.

All of the Responsibility, None of the Authority

Here are some of the key structures that are absolutely necessary when converting to a more team-based organization.

We Are Our Own Tragic Villains

Too often, rationalizing is an unhappy accident that leads to loss of market share, loss of profit margin, loss of jobs, and loss of a business. Unintended consequences are expensive.

Embrace the Internet to Increase Business Value

It’s no longer enough to just have a website. You must have a website that looks and feels current, and offers more than just a few pretty pictures.

The Lost Art of Intention

What we really need now are a few good intentions.


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Perfectionism is a luxury for (starving) artists, or artists with benefactors. The rest of us must learn the difference between being in love with our own ideas and being in love with progress.

Maybe the reason its so hard to remain in quarantine is that it's hard to outrun sadness when you're forced to be still.

2020 is total pants.

Well, Catholics pray to saints," I mutter to myself as I begin my nightly prayer to RBG.

"Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.”
William James

If you ask why before deciding what, who, how, or when, you will come up with a stronger answer every time. Why is the essence of strategy.

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