“BE PRESENT, BE HERE”: MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part 1: “Get Out Of Your Own Head” Be present. Be present at the dinner table. Be present at the boardroom table. Be present at the casual lunch with colleagues. It isn’t enough to simply share the space with someone, you need to be entirely present. This is something I’ve been reminding myself of more and more lately. My friend Charles Ries gets it. We sat down together recently and talked about what it means to be present, to be here. “We’ll […]

FINALLY 21: THE MIX TAPE

One of the perks of having grown up in the pre-digital age of the 1980’s means I have an appreciation for that old standard of analog communication…the mix tape. Mix tapes were all of the things you couldn’t say with words, said with songs and neatly packaged onto a cassette tape deck. (Didn’t we have the BEST music back then?) As we round out Elevate97’s “Anniversary Month,” I’ve created a little playlist of my own to help celebrate the occasion. In no particular order, […]

CONNECTING TO OURSELVES, CONNECTING TO OTHERS

With everything changing so fast and the retail horizon seemingly unrecognizable, the element we need most is always going to be human. Earlier this fall, I again attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival in NYC and was again inspired and motivated by the insights and expertise shared by leaders in their various fields of industry. From Starbucks to luxury clothing goods to reality television stars and digital influencers, the common thread I found repeated over and over was that all of these individuals had figured out and […]