Brown’s Job is still the best

What is your favorite advertisement? I fell in love with “Brown’s Job” the first time I read it. I read it 100 times during my advertising career to renew my inspiration for the work. I taught it to students of advertising to inspire them. It makes a...

Verbal Tics

Since I’m trying to talk less and listen more, I’m deleting the cheapest words I say. “Actually.” I’ve stopped saying “actually.” It doesn’t actually mean anything. It doesn’t actually mean anything when I say it...

Welcome to Net Cotton Content

Perhaps this is a “Re-Welcome.” If you are a longtime reader of Net Cotton Content, welcome anew. You are receiving this message because I relaunched my website (my entire online presence) on a new online platform during May 2017. The relaunch results in...

Fear Not

“This is going to be so long, I won’t be able to finish it in a day.” That’s what I told Matt Slaybaugh. Matt is my writing partner on occasional Sundays, often at the Roosevelt Coffeehouse. As I dove into this piece, I felt I needed to warn...

We Are Surrounded

Greetings from Washington, D.C. Inauguration Day 2017 Each of us is surrounded. And we are surrounded by the people we choose to surround us. Recently, a Master Chair, David Belden invited me to speak to one of his Vistage groups. At the end of a wonderful morning...

Breaking the Glass Floor

It depends on your perspective. It might depend on your expression of gender. Are you held down by a glass ceiling? You can see the leaders above you, but some invisible force keeps you from rising.  Are you standing on a glass floor? You earn more for the...

What Is Your Role?

This is a difficult post to write, because the readers of Net Cotton Content were quite divided over the recent election. People across the political spectrum feel labeled and dismissed. They are disgusted, as well as angry, sad, glad, afraid, and...