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Marketing & PR | Sales Growth | David Meerman Scott

Turn Customers into Fans and Fans into Customers with Fandom

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 27th, 2019

If I asked you about your hobby, your dog/cat/goldfish, your favorite sports team, or a cause you care about, you could probably talk passionately about it for an hour. It's the same for each of us; when we care deeply about something, we tell our friends and become advocates for that which we care about. We've all heard stories about Harley-Davidson owners who are so invested in the company's ethos that they have the company logo tattooed on their body. 

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Managing/Leading Change | Leadership | Organizational Culture | Bill Taylor

Every Leader Should Know What Their People are Thinking About Change

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 19th, 2019

BILL TAYLOR, the co-founder of Fast Company magazine, has devoted his career to studying how the best companies and leaders navigate a world filled with disruptive change: new business models, groundbreaking technology, and so much more. In his three books (the most recent, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways), Bill highlights the mavericks who have transformed their organizations and become industry disruptors themselves - in banking, in healthcare, in manufacturing, in transportation, in foodservice -- even a parking garage!

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Motivation | Bill Walton

A feel-good story for Valentine’s Day:  BILL WALTON leads with his heart

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! On the day that we celebrate the heart, I want to share a story about a very special man. Basketball legend BILL WALTON is a true gentle man whose limitless kindness toward others reveals deep humanity and enormous heart. Not a week goes by that I don't hear one or two stories about Bill's generosity of spirit, but this one especially caught my attention. 

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Mike Abrashoff

5 fun things about MIKE ABRASHOFF, author of It's Your Ship

By: Tony D'Amelio
February 7th, 2019

MIKE ABRASHOFF is widely known for his role in one of the most storied of organizational turnarounds. At age 36, Mike took command of the U.S. Navy's near-worst ship in the Pacific fleet, the USS Benfold. Within 12 months it became the best ship in the entire Navy…using the very same crew! That transformation vaulted Mike into near legendary status. He wrote three books on the subject - the most successful, It's Your Ship, has sold over 1.1 million copies.  Like all of us, there's more to Mike than what we know at the surface. Here are 5 fun you couldn't possible know about Mike Abrashoff - until now:

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Motivation | Organizational Culture | Nicole Malachowski

Breaking Barriers: 1st female Thunderbird pilot has message for women

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 31st, 2019

COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, RET) wanted to fly military fighter jets since the age of five when she saw her first air show. She achieved that dream and then some. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Nicole was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft, one of the first women to fly in combat (logging 188 combat hours), and the first-ever woman to fly in the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. 

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Motivation

Keeping Up With Beloved Basketball Legend Bill Walton

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 29th, 2019

Keeping up with legendary basketball icon BILL WALTON, the most colorful and original sports personality on television, can be a real challenge. He is always on the move - making news and having fun. Here are some recent fun videos and articles on Bill:

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American Politics | Bob Woodward

Tony D'Amelio and Bob Woodward hit the road

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 25th, 2019

I was with BOB WOODWARD in Toronto and New Haven for public ticketed events in the past week. What amazes me most when we travel together is the awe and reverence people display when they meet him. I saw it over and over in the many events we've done together since the release of his latest book.  Steve Paikin, the popular veteran TVO broadcaster, was not immune to that feeling.  He moderated the Toronto event and wrote this piece recapping what he called “one of the greatest nights of my life.” 

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Future | HR Focus | Managing/Leading Change

Humans are Underrated: Geoff Colvin on LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 22nd, 2019

Fortune magazine just highlighted LinkedIn’s U.S. Emerging Jobs Report for 2018. LinkedIn measured the fastest growing jobs and skills in the country and is a window on the future of work. It highlights some stunning information like this:           -Top Five Emerging Jobs          -Top Five In-Demand Skills (Biggest Skills Gap)          -Top Five Majors for Professionals in Emerging Jobs          -Top Five Fastest-Growing by Job Title

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American Politics

Exclusive Interview: Bob Woodward on "Fear-Trump in the White House"

By: D'Amelio Network
January 15th, 2019

The article was originally published on the Walmart Book Blog.  Interview by Gretchen Tarrant. Walmart: Regarding your process for the book, obviously you’ve written about numerous presidents and there’s been a lot of conversation surrounding this book in particular, especially regarding your reporting technique of using deep background sources. In what ways was writing Fear and researching President Trump different from past books and presidents? Bob Woodward: Well the same and different. In August when President Trump called me to complain that I hadn’t interviewed him—though I had tried to reach him through six different people—I said to him that there was no way I could do this book by going to the White House and just talking to people. I had to go talk to them at their homes and outside of the White House. The idea of show up, go see people . . . I had frankly become quite lazy, and was having people over here to my home, not going and knocking on enough doors at night. So I started doing that and found that it worked. 

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5 fun things to know about: Marketing expert DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT

By: Tony D'Amelio
January 8th, 2019

David Meerman Scott is well-known for his groundbreaking work identifying the new rules of marketing, PR, and social selling. He pioneered the word "newsjacking" to define a strategy he refined for getting attention for your product, service, or idea by tying it to breaking news. We thought it might be fun to look beyond his career and find out what really makes David tick. Here are the 5 fun things to know about David Meerman Scott. 1. David's first job was when he was 16 years old.  He worked after school and on Saturdays at the New Canaan Cheese Shop in CT.  At the time, he could cut a half pound of brie to within 2/100th of a pound nearly every time. At the New Canaan Cheese shot in CT.  David is on the right.

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