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Does Where You Live Impact Your Happiness?

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Quote attributed to Guillaume Apollinaire   What is happiness? According to Psychology Today it is an elusive state of well-being that encompasses living a good life of meaning and deep satisfaction. Maybe not surprisingly, money is important to […]

2016 Political Insights

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying wrong remedies. Quote attributed to: Groucho Marx   This month (October 2016) Xavier University asked a series of extra questions on the ADCI survey about the current political atmosphere. The extra questions covered political leaning, where respondents get their news and […]

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How To Have A Winning Interview

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Make Your Life A Story Worth Telling First, let me make it clear I am not a Human Resource Manager or even an expert on the job interview process.  My thoughts on the subject come from my years as a P&G executive.  In that role, I conducted hundreds of both first interviews on campus and […]

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Peace For Paris – Role Of Visual Design In Place Branding

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

It’s a visual world and people respond to visuals. Quote attributed to cartoonist Joe Sacco Visual design elements can play an important role in your community branding effort. Consider the emotional example of Jean Jullien’s Eiffel Tower Peace Sign illustration.   It is a simple, but powerful reminder of the terrorist attack on the city […]

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[Personal Branding] What Does It take To Get A Promotion?

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

I think as far as self-promotion goes, I probably have a lot to learn. Quote attribute to: Chris Isaak       Ever wondered why you seem to be passed over for promotion despite having good performance reviews? Feeling like there are some secret rules for success in your organization and nobody has told you […]

Which Nation Is The Most Globally Competitive?

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

According to the recently published 2014/15 Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking Report, the United States is. “For the fourth consecutive year, the United States of America tops Bloom Consulting’s Country Brand Ranking © 2014-2015 Trade Edition. The country’s dominance in terms of FDI, along with the effectiveness of its IPA strategy (as measured by its […]

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Second Study Suggests A Decline In Brand America’s Global Equity

Monday, December 15th, 2014

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Quote Attributed To: Aldous Huxley In an earlier blog post I commented on the poor performance of Brand America in FutureBrand’s 2014/15 Country Brand Index report. Brand America ranked #7 with Japan (#1), Switzerland (#2) and Germany (#3) taking the top positions. One day after […]

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New Report Suggests Brand America’s Global Equity Is Declining

Monday, December 15th, 2014

“The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” Quote Attributed To: Arthur C. Nielsen Every year, FutureBrand ( a leading authority on brands and branding) publishes a global ranking of country brands. The country brand index (CBI) uses both quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the strength of a country’s brand equity. […]

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Brand America’s Global Equity Takes A Hit

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It has taken me awhile to come to grips with writing this post. I want to focus on the impact recent events are having on Brand America’s global equity.

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I Worry About The Image of The Economic Development Profession

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Two issues that have real potential to damage the image of the economic development profession – 1) Incentive packages are getting larger and 2) company attraction tactics are getting more aggressive.

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