To launch it’s new Apple Music streaming service, Apple recently offered a three-month trial to the public. Great idea. But Apple (who incidentially is worth about $729 billion) planned to not pay the artists for their music during the trial period, which means that Apple would essentially be having the artists themselves underwrite the promotion. As many of you already know, Taylor Swift was the most vocal artist objecting to the idea, and her criticism was the strongest reason Apple finally backed down. How she did it is a great lesson in protesting anything you consider an injustice. Here’s what we can learn:
Good reminder before responding anonymously on blogs: “But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age.” – Emperor Trajan writing a response to Pliny the younger in 111-113 AD.
Nearly everyone knows someone who’s “failed up.” In other words, no matter how many times they’ve failed, been fired, hurt co-workers, or created a catastrophe, they still seem to move up the career ladder. It’s frustrating to watch, and if you’ve ever wondered how they do it, here are the real secrets of “failing up:”
Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for coffee and share the real story? I’d been on the set and met the filmmakers, then wrote the post. But more than 1,000 responses later (on the blog and my social media sites), I realized
With the flood of articles and information about the move online, it’s easy to forget the power that television still holds when it comes to influence. Steve Newton from Newton Media tipped me off to a new study released recently in Adweek magazine confirming that when it comes to advertising, TV is still the king. From my perspective, this information also applies to nonprofits and religious organizations. Even though TV can be an expensive medium, it still packs a powerful punch when it comes to advertising. Here’s a few key findings of the study:
The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision has brought Christian cultural engagement back into the limelight in a big way. There has been the predicted wide range of responses in light of the announcement. But as public policy grows more dismissive of religious faith, and a growing number of groups show outright hostility, here’s some thoughts to consider as the culture continues to shift:
There’s no question that local pastors will be interviewed about their position and response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. But before you answer that call, here’s a few things to remember: Whatever denomination you’re from, just for context, you should read the statement from current and past presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention released just two weeks ago on the issue. Since they’re the largest Protestant group in America, you should know their position, because it may come up in an interview. Regarding the ruling, here’s some thoughts that may help as you formulate a response – particularly to secular media requests on the issue:
Today’s post is a guest piece from media researcher Ron Sellers, from Grey Matter Research. In his presentation “Insert Brian Williams Joke Here” he brings up a very important point for leaders to try to make an impact using “the latest research.” Before you do something embarrassing, this is worth a read:
Most people talk too much. That’s a given. People love the sound of their own voice, and truthfully it happens for a number of reasons. As Mark Goulston says in the Harvard Business Review: “First, is the very simple reason that all human beings have a hunger to be listened to. But second, because the process of talking about ourselves releases dopamine, the pleasure hormone. One of the reasons gabby people keep gabbing is because they become addicted to that pleasure.” But overly chatty people drive everyone else crazy. So how can you tell you’re talking too much?