My Very #UberAwesome Experience with @UberConference

To sum it all up, here is what happened:

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Transactional Integrity… and Luxury

As a brand guardian, every time I get to introduce consumers to a brand I consider to be “true luxury”, it is nothing less than a privilege.

However, there is one rule: I never advocate brands, with which I haven’t had some reasonable interaction (as a consumer, loyalist, or enthusiast). To do otherwise would be disingenuous and represses Transactional Integrity. Continue reading

The Enemies of Creativity and Innovation

In luxury, it’s easy for practicing professionals to make the mistake of focusing too heavily on commercial success.

Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F has some wise words to bring the focus back on creativity and innovation.

The three biggest enemies of creativity and innovation are usually growth, market research (one rarely has an innovative idea asking the public what they want) and shareholder value.

Growth is extremely dangerous for creativity. Because the more your company grows, the more overheads you accumulate, the more you need to create products which will appeal to a broader audience. It is indeed very difficult to invest in real innovation and highly risky creativity when you are obsessed by double digit growth every quarter.

Read the rest of the article from Luxury Society here.

My Professional Manifesto

Someone once asked me why I’m where I am today.

At first I really thought the question was rhetorical because I couldn’t find the words to explain what was so simple to me. Here is my attempt to use words to describe why I’m still working when most of my competition are asleep or idle.

There is no other way to get better at what you do than simply doing it with the same passion a fish has for water. In your ignorance you will find opportunity; in your failures, more chances to defy the naysayers; and in your successes, the encouragement to do even better.

Am I satisfied with my progress so far?

My answer is a resounding NO.

Am I appreciative for what I have achieved?

Lets just say I’m respectfully pleased because I really don’t know how far I can go in my goal to:

give people access to the ‘best’ that life has to offer.

However I continue to work towards knowing how far my purpose and passion will take me. There’s a remarkable journey for each person that relentlessly pursues the unknown. Success may not be as hard to achieve if you have the correct definition. I believe success lies in simply trying.

Stay hungry my friends.

Are you the target?

I came home this evening a very disappointed consumer. I had just seen “Man of Steel” and “The Wolverine“. I know it seems so off-message to start my post on luxury with talk of comic book heroes, but read on to see where this leads.  Continue reading

Embrace the Shake

That title sums up much of what I have to say for today.

It sums up much of what I truly live and breathe every single second of my life. This is a perspective that will help anyone reap great rewards in the workplace, and as you can see, in life.

I’m in the process of making some big career decisions and this has been a good reminder and emphasis of my personal values. I hope you enjoy it too.