Win a Ticket to The Art of Management in Toronto

We’re well into the Fall conference season now, and there are some great events coming up in Canada – UnGeeked Toronto (this week) and Mesh Marketing (which Edelman sponsors) are two great examples.

Another conference that caught my eye is the Art of Management – a conference focused on management and innovation, rather than my usual marketing niche – on November 15.

The organizers of the conference have provided me with two tickets, worth $399 each, to give away to readers of this site. To enter, leave a comment on this post with a link to a blog post by someone else that you think we should all read, and tell us why it’s so interesting by 11:59pm next Thursday (November 4). I’ll randomly pick the two winners.

The event has an amazing line-up:

  • Malcolm Gladwell – best-selling author of Outliers, Tipping Point, Blink etc
  • Michael Eisner – former CEO, Walt Disney Company and author of Working Together
  • Simon Sinek – Professor at Columbia University and author of Start With Why
  • Nilofer Merchant – CEO & Chief Strategist of Rubicon and author of The New How
  • Mitch Joel – President of Twist Image and author of Six Pixels of Separation

In case you need convincing about the conference, here’s what Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence, had to say about last year’s management program:

(Note: the conference is in Toronto. You’ll be responsible for any travel and accommodation costs associated with getting there)

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    We all find ourselves in situations where we need a solution and we need to think creatively, and, for one reason or another, nothing comes to mind. This is a great article that helps you recognize your blocks to creativity and move past them.

    Thanks for the opportunity – there are some great speakers at the AOM event! I loved Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk!

  • Amandarsaw

    This is a great line-up. Did everyone see Brian Solis’ recent article about commerce on Facebook? Very interesting, as well.

    • Thanks for your comment; I’m enjoying Brian’s Facebook series too. The Starbucks engagement cycle in that post is interesting (disclosure: Starbucks is a client).

  • I’ve always wanted to hear Eisner live. Would love to win free tix. As requested, here is a link to a blog I read a while back. The topic is management styles…quite fascinating. Nothing revolutionary but a solid recap for those thinking about the types of management styles:

  • I’ve always wanted to hear Eisner live. Would love to win free tix. As requested, here is a link to a blog I read a while back. The topic is management styles…quite fascinating. Nothing revolutionary but a solid recap for those thinking about the types of management styles:

  • Michèle Dion

    I’m a big fan of Brian Solis as well, and I think that his last post is one very relevant to this conversation:

    I would love to get a chance to go to the conference – we don’t get a lot of those interesting events in Quebec City! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • This event looks amazing! I’m new to blogging, but I love reading posts that make me think of something a little bit differently and make me laugh. I like to think, but I love to be happy. I do my best to share the things I come across that spread the joy. Here’s a little something about social media best practices from Danny Brown I’d like to share:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Here’s a link to Olivie Blanchard’s blog aka @brandbuilder . His Blog posts are full of great incite he captures innovation, creativity and most of all common sense in all his posts. A must read for anyone managing a business or a brand (personal or business). I don’t think status-quo is in his vocabulary.

  • Merlin Mann continues to be on my must-read list (though the man needs to introduction). His focus on time, attention and creativity is an issue of constant concern to all communicators, managers, creatives, and cubicle-types. Dave, your recent post on time management in PR agencies definitely had a Merlin-esque vibe to it (in a good way!).

    So, without further ado, 43folders (, some good media stuff ( and his classic, essay “Better” ( which has influenced me greatly. Some points from it:

    – identify and destroy small-return bullshit;
    – shut off anything that’s noisier than it is useful;
    – make brutally fast decisions about what I don’t need to be doing;
    – avoid anything that feels like fake sincerity (esp. where it may touch money);
    – demand personal focus on making good things;
    – put a handful of real people near the center of everything.

  • The line up for the conference looks amazing – would love to attend. Trey Pennington is on my must read list. Trey believes in the power of storytelling and encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to discover their stories and share them. The post Story is more important than the brand – – is a great example of how Trey gets you thinking and encourages you to tell your story.

  • A friend of mine put me on to Dennis B Hancock’s blog recently. I like his logical reasoning style and approach.

    This is an interesting post because it argues that people within the social marketing space live in a bubble and favor twitter , thus making certain assumptions, when for some types of content facebook is the tool of choice for syndication. Hancock leaves us with a warning – pay attention to what the customer is actually doing, not what you think they are doing.


    I think this is a great article everyone involved with social media should read, if they haven’t already. It seems now everyone’s become a blogger (case in point) and for what reason? As Jonathan asks at the end, how many of us “step back and do a cost-benefit comparison between your blog and any 10 other ways to accomplish a similar end?” Blogging is a great way to grab attention, engage, create rapport and so on, but ultimately for most brands (companies and people), it should not be the only way forward.

  • Anonymous

    Tangential to social media but in keeping with your mission of silo busting, I present to you Jonah Lehrer, one of my favorite writers on culture and science. I recommend giving his blog a skim. You’ll find it counterintuitive, refreshing and highly translatable to the emerging digital communications field.

    Why Social Closeness Matters