Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillations, and the effect of decisiveness itself 'makes things go' and creates confidence." Anne O'Hare McCormick

"The most successful business man is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good and grabs the new just as soon as it is better." Robert Vanderpoel

"There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind." Napoleon

Why's Conde Nast's Portfolio So Bad?: Elizabeth Spiers
writes via The New Republic...

My central complaints about issue one: It was pretentious without being sophisticated. It lacked substance and didn't have the courtesy to compensate with style. It talked down to the reader and spent much of its editorial space explaining simple concepts and background information that its supposed target audience--mid-to-senior level executives in their early 40s--would already know. It was fluffy. And it didn't bring any substantive new information to light.

The second issue is slightly better in small ways but still suffers from those primary weaknesses."

Bravo Elizabeth! Well done. Elizabeth also shares her pov on how to fix the book, including a recommendation on a new leader. Read her entire writing here.

Psst, wanna see some pictures?: Radio star Fred Winston is also damn good with a camera, check out the pics here.

MTV + RealNetworks = new iTunes competition: Ethan Smith and Nick Wingfield have coverage via WSJ. Read MTV, RealNetworks Join to Battle iTunes here.

Better off than a year ago or not?
As we approach the first anniversary of his hire it seems reasonable to ask, what has Jeffrey M. Haley accomplished? Is the first tribe of wireless better off today because of his leadership of the RAB? The most direct and candid response seems to be - we don't know. Further, what we can suggest, at this point, is Jeff and team have yet to produce a single significant result. They deserve credit for targeting and soliciting new business, however, they need to put a win on the board.

The responsibility of leadership is to produce results.

In contrast to the RAB, the NAB appears to be on a roll. David Rehr and his N street team are active and aggressive on all fronts. They have raised awareness on critical issues, they have engaged in the important conversations and brought a sense of urgency to the most relevant debates doing so with a new, refreshing intensity, and with purpose. They are serving as advocates, deserving of recognition and praise.