Aphorism, Art, Creativity, Leadership

How to spot a genius at work.

To spot a genius where you work just ask yourself who’s really a pain in the ass to work with. If you know someone, there’s a 99.99% chance it’s just a regular asshole and about a 0.01% chance it’s who you’re looking for.

Advertising, Aphorism, Creativity, Life

Help me find a product.

To fail in advertising is to assume that advertising helps products find audiences, when it actually helps audiences find products.

Advertising helps people find what they are looking for.

If you don’t know what people are looking for, you have to make it seem like they are looking for what you are advertising.


Aphorism (6)

Advertising, Branding, Creativity, Leadership, Life, Social Media, Technology

The new is already old.

Advertising, Branding, Creativity

Great thinking never gets old, but execution does.

A simple, and wonderfully frank talk by Dave Trott at APG in the UK regarding the art of persuasion.
Everything from freud to Husserl, all mixed in with some football references.

Some highlights:
“Never assume an ad will be noticed”

“Behavioural economics is about moving questions upstream enough to find out how we can solve business problems with a really great idea.”

“Insight doesn’t sell, an idea does. An idea based on insight.”
For a longer version –>


The vacuum left behind by Steve Jobs is getting more and more painfully obvious every day, here even witnessed among Apple’s competitors. Have you ever seen anything that makes you cringe more than this presentation + video by Samsung? Talk about being “off brand”, if they ever had one. Zero consistency equals zero culture.