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August 2012

A Matter of Influence

Influence is the most subjective of qualities. It is far easier to know when someone doesn’t have it than when they do. And influence is value-neutral. This is why Time magazine’s “Man (now Person) of the Year” has ranged from presidents and astronauts to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Time’s definition for the distinction is “the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year’s news.” Every four years, we scour our industry for those individuals who meet a variation of Time’s definition. They are the people who have had the biggest effect on the industry. This is not a popularity contest. It’s about choosing… Read More »

Mama Said

One of my mother’s favorite sayings, often said with a crisply cryptic voice, is one you have no doubt heard before. “You know, Debbie,” she would say knowingly to me when I was in college, “the farmer won’t buy the cow if he can get the milk for free.” This was usually accompanied by raised eyebrows and emphatic shaking of the head up and down that let me know Mom was absolutely, 100 percent sure she was correct. Being the naïve sort of girl that I was, I pondered this saying often and wondered why she repeated it with regularity. “Why would the farmer want milk for free anyway?” I… Read More »

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