I’ve given this talk a couple of times now. Building and running an agency is all about controlled chaos. These are a few lessons I learned (or failed to learn) along the way. NOTE: I HAD NO PLAN. If you’re looking for a how-to, this is the wrong deck. OK, continue…Continue reading
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The Perfect Blog Post
Read this to plumb the depths of my despair as a marketer and writer.Continue reading
Every Shitshow is Different: Running An Agency In A Crisis
If you run an agency, you’re going to face tough times. There’s no avoiding them. These are my experiences and how I (and my agency) survived them.Continue reading
Marketing Haiku, 2.0, aka I Still Have Writer’s Block
Yep. I still have writer’s block. I’m so desperate I’m rewriting old fluff pieces and publishing them in a futile display of attention grubbing. So here you go: More Marketing Haiku. I apologize.Continue reading
Advanced? It’s Not What You Think.
Advanced isn’t what you think.
“Skilled” isn’t the same as “advanced.”
“Skilled” means you know how to do a thing. Skills are crucial.
“Advanced” means you can recognize the bullshit, cut through it, and then apply skills to solve problems. “Advanced” is invaluable.Continue reading
My Other Writing
I’ve been writing for 25 years. This site is new. I’ve got some serious work to do. In the meantime, have a look at the 1,000+ posts I wrote on Portent.com
After 25 years running Portent, I’ve decided to head out on my own.
I was not “forced out.” Nor did I leave because I don’t like working here. It’s just time. I’ve spent my entire adult life (give or take a few years) running an agency. I saw us grow from one person to a team of forty. We were acquired.Continue reading