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Popularity runs in families
What if identical versions of 20 people lived out their lives in dozens of different worlds, would the same people be popular in each world? Sounds like the plot of a sci-fi novel. But it’s actually one of the most important questions we can possibly ask about ourselves: is popularity genetically based?
What consumers mean when they say products are "authentic"
Consumers crave authenticity. Yet marketing itself is typically considered inherently inauthentic. Hence, firms must learn to understand, manage, and excel at rendering authenticity. The critical question is: how? What do consumers mean when they talk about “authenticity”?
Some people's brain chemistry makes them resilient to stress
The world is becoming less resilient thanks to increasing work, familial and societal stress—it’s estimated that 80 percent of first-time depressive episodes are preceded by significant, chronic life stress. But there may be hope on the horizon.
Why some firms prepare for natural disasters and others don't
Have you noticed that despite the increasing frequency and severity of floods, storms, wildfires and other natural hazards, some firms in disaster-prone areas prepare while others do not? I’ve noticed this phenomenon from China to the US and Australia and it never ceases to amaze me.
Managing COVID Anxiety
Everyone in today’s uprooted world needs to find areas of their lives in which they can take charge and which will give them a sense of empowerment and enhance their sense of safety. Even for those who seem most secure, taking functional (i.e. not manipulative) control of your relationships is imperative.
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