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Sun, sand and kids who love to learn

March 12, 2015 By: Renee Bolz

When we first started working with The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA several years ago, we were struck by

When we first started working with The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA several years ago, we were struck by how unique the place really is. Bishop’s is an independent school for 6th-12th graders with a really rigorous academic program, and a student body filled with kids who are truly passionate about learning. There are athletes being recruited by Ivy League colleges, middle schoolers inspiring the school to create specialized programs, and 14-year olds establishing non-profit organizations. It’s amazing to hear about what these kids are doing! But one of the things that makes Bishop’s most special is how “normal” these uber-smart kids are. They’re thoughtful, curious and kind. They’re civically-minded and multi-dimensional. And they like to have fun with their friends, just like everyone else. Today Bishop’s is mailing out their acceptance letters for next fall, and they’ll be...

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“I’m not gonna let you become one of those.”

October 21, 2014 By: Steve Yaffe

In my early 20’s I spent a lot of time in various bands. I wrote lyrics, and screamed them over

In my early 20’s I spent a lot of time in various bands. I wrote lyrics, and screamed them over excessively loud guitars. And as most front men do, I had a tight friendship with the lead guitar player. We were Jagger & Richards, DeLaRocha & Morello, Bono & The Edge. At least in our minds. I’m pretty sure everyone else saw Jay & Silent Bob or Abbott & Costello. I had no clue. I was so lost in making music, and being “creative”, that it didn’t matter. I was the most engaged as I had ever been in my life. I was an “artist”. One day, as artists do, we were sitting around smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee. Discussing the latest cool shit. Talking about how profound our music was. It was on such another level that regular people...

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A tale about Holland-Mark, Skidmore College, and a horse head

May 1, 2013 By: Heather Ward

As an Account Manager here at Holland-Mark, I wear a lot of different hats. But when I went to Skidmore

As an Account Manager here at Holland-Mark, I wear a lot of different hats. But when I went to Skidmore College for a video shoot back in December, I couldn’t have imagined that I would end up wearing this particular one. As part of an initiative to take Skidmore’s “Creative Thought Matters” brand positioning to the next level, we were filming six social experiments to show what makes a “Skidmore Mind” unique and hear from real students why creativity matters in all aspects of life. When we went to set up the “Curiosity” experiment, we discovered that our location had been double booked. By the time we relocated and were ready to start the shoot, the student who was supposed to represent the Skidmore mascot (a thoroughbred) had to run to class. Before I knew it, I had taken her...

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Go Private with Abine

May 15, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

As much as gross self-promotion is not our thing, in this case, the promotion helps us all.  Check out our

As much as gross self-promotion is not our thing, in this case, the promotion helps us all.  Check out our work here for Abine, the online privacy company.  And go private.

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The Difference Between Innovation and Smart Innovation

April 23, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

On Wednesday, April 18th, 30 CEOs of Boston-based companies came together at Holland-Mark’s fourth CEO Series event to hear from

On Wednesday, April 18th, 30 CEOs of Boston-based companies came together at Holland-Mark’s fourth CEO Series event to hear from Dr. Beth Altringer of Harvard on the topic of “Smart Innovation”. Dr. Altringer has spent the last ten years studying team-based innovation to identify what creates optimal innovating environments. Her observations about “what it takes” align closely with what it takes to create high-performing organizations in general:  clear motivations, designated roles and responsibilities, a risk-encouraging culture, and no assholes. Yes, no assholes. Her views are augmented by Holland-Mark’s own in the event handout “Smart Innovation: The Seven Dimensions of Getting Innovation Right”. CEO Series #4 – Smart Innovation For CEOs interested in attending the next CEO Series event, “How to Hire All-Stars,” please contact Heather Ward, the CEO Series program coordinator, at hward@holland-mark.com.

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