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One Interesting Thing – Episode 2

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One Interesting Thing – Episode 2

The Nature of Intelligence

Intelligence is a tricky subject to define, and yet those who have it tend to dominate our media, our education, our pop culture and even our personal relationships.

But what if intelligence isn’t what we think it is? What if, instead, intelligence is the perceived ability to predict the future?

When you take inventory of all the influential voices we turn to in our society, is it those with wisdom that we deify, or is it rather those who are willing to make a prediction about where we are headed? In fact, it seems like the wilder the prediction, the more intelligence we attribute to that person – and that has huge implications for our cultural perspectives.

For this intimate episode, we’re going into the home of Brandon Kleinman. Brandon is the founder of Opus, a serial entrepreneur, creator, and former Global Director of Strategy for Chiat Day who also works to support underprivileged and underrepresented entrepreneurs around the world. He’s also fascinated by the nature of intelligence and takes us on a journey through his life and his observations on the topic.

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Jasmine Bina​

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TLDR Strategy: Brand Tension

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TLDR Strategy: Brand Tension

When brands create tension, they force people to move.

Tension turns people into lovers and haters, but the one thing it doesn’t allow is for people to sit still. That’s good, because the last thing you want is a brand that’s ’nice’ or a brand that people are indifferent to.

Tension can come from a few places, such as comparing what is to what could be, or unearthing a new belief. Whatever the source of tension is, it 1) has to be about the user and 2) has to be consistent.

When done right, it creates loyalists and avid fans.

When done wrong, it can make people angry (Pepsi, anyone?) This video shows you the right and wrong way to create tension that actually moves people.

Read the full case study on “The Magical Art of Making People Move With Brand Tension” with examples, here.

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TLDR Strategy: Strong Brands Ask, Weak Brands Answer

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TLDR Strategy: Strong Brands Ask, Weak Brands Answer

You may not realize it but the world can be divided into two kinds of brands: those that ask the questions, and those that answer them.

Leaders are often compelled to create the kind of brands that answer. ‘This is how you should shop. This is the best way to dress. These are the products that will solve all of your problems.’…

But smart brands don’t fall into the answer trap. Instead, they exist to pose the big questions that matter.

Pantone vs. Crayola, Google and Facebook vs. everyone else, Unilever and P&G vs. a world of upstarts – all of these spaces have brands that were shortsighted enough to answer compared to those that were smart enough to ask.

Asking questions leads to a path forward, while answering questions leads to a dead end.

This is an abstract concept, but an extremely important one. I dive into all of these examples and show you exactly how an asking approach differs from one that answers.

Once you see the pattern around you, you’ll understand how to navigate your space in order to create a powerful brand position.

Read the full case study on “Strong Brands Ask, Weak Brands Answer” with examples, here.

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TLDR Strategy: The Perception Queries

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TLDR Strategy: The Perception Queries

There are two deceptively simple questions that will reveal a world of strategic opportunity for your brand.

They actually reveal a tremendous amount of information about the mindset of a company’s leadership team while posing a much more difficult challenge than most people realize.

Taken together, I like to call them the Perception Queries, and everyone can benefit from answering them.

You can use these queries to get laser focus on the direction of your brand strategy from the point you’re at today to where you need to be in 1, 3 and 5 years from now. I will show you the right and wrong way to answer the queries, how to best leverage these answers in your work, and how to unlock their deeper power.

Most importantly, they will prove valuable at every juncture in your company’s trajectory, especially when easy short term growth opportunities gently nudge you away from your ultimate long term vision.

Read the full case study on the Perception Queries, with examples, here.

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One Interesting Thing

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One Interesting Thing

War Stories

War stories have always had a special place in American culture – the War on Cancer, War on Drugs, War on Poverty, the Battle of the Sexes, Fight Against Climate Change… the list goes on and on.

How has all of this war rhetoric, much of it false, shaped our thinking? Where did these stories even come from, and most importantly, where will they take us?

Jasmine Bina, CEO of Concept Bureau, shares her thoughts on how these stories have taken root in American culture and why they will likely never go away.

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