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Lunch with the Future

  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt   It’s one of my favorite events of the year: my annual lunch with the interns. This year they are Aoran, Hannah, Sarah, Jing, Amy, Peter, Nick, Blake, Marniece, and Casey. PGAV’s interns are very special to me. Perhaps… Continue reading.

All Success is Local

  There’s an old saying, often attributed to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, that “all politics are local.” He meant that a politician’s national success is directly tied to the issues that matter to their constituents at home. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how our success has become increasingly local. For… Continue reading.

Sex, Smart Phones, and Destination Visitors

  9% of U.S. adults interact with their cell phones during sex, according to a recent study. Did that crazy statistic get your attention? Because getting and holding your attention, it turns out, is becoming more challenging. This same study by Harris Interactive also cited 12% of Americans using their phones in the shower, 19%… Continue reading.

Empathy, Inc.

  What is the fundamental value that drives your business? A few years back, my partner Jim Moorkamp and I developed a description of PGAV Destinations’ practice based on three elements: Empathy, Strategy, and Innovation (ESI). We used a Venn Diagram (below) to describe the interrelated nature of these three. As time has passed, ESI… Continue reading.