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David Sable
David Sable is Global CEO of Y&R, one of the world’s leading global marketing communications companies, with 186 offices in 90 countries. An early digital entrepreneur, David continues to be tapped for his marketing and digital expertise around the world, and has an active presence in the blogosphere with his Weekly Ramble []. An active philanthropist, he was just named the Chair of UNICEF’s New York Board. David and his wife, Debbie, have two married daughters, and Henry and Teddy — their treasured grandsons.

Entries by David Sable

Memory, Karma and Desire

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 9:02 AM


Every year, around this time, as the United States approaches its national day of commemoration -- for those who have given their lives in the various wars fought by U.S. troops -- aptly called Memorial Day. I am struck by the...

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Why Are Children Reading Books? Don't They Know It's Digital First?

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 9:47 AM

"My children are pure digital natives... books? No way... iPad."

The quote I share with you is an example of the worst, most heinous, most insidious DIGIBABBLE that I know of...

Typically, statements like that originate in public forums where the speaker is working hard to make points about their...

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When Is Voting Not Big Data

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:48 PM


Big Data...

You know the term.

The knowledgeable amongst us reference Big Data at least once a week...and the really savvy at least once a day...and the incredibly shrewd at least once a meeting...while the most serious invoke Big Data no matter the...

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A Missed Call From the Past

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:32 PM


Last week I went, for the first time, to Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp on the outskirts of Krakow in Poland. Well over 1 million people were murdered there; of that number, close to 1 million were Jewish and the rest were...

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Three Letters that Will Make You a Better Manager

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 6:27 PM


Some people and companies confuse management with cheerleading. Now... there is nothing wrong with rallying the troops, encouraging people, inspiring behavior -- au contraire... it is critical, and when done right can lead to a better workplace and happier folks.

But in and...

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I'm Buying a Wristable

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:30 PM


Once again Apple has confounded the digibabblists, perplexed their competitors, baffled the analysts, and in general annoyed and irritated all the self-proclaimed digital-first... or is it mobile-first?... or perhaps our proclamation of the day should be wearable-first... experts, pundits and gurus.

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Do You Think You Can Learn to Be a Leader?

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Are you a leader?

One way to find out is to take one of the many online tests available and see for yourself. Just beware, most pitch you a service like getting training to enhance your skills or products like Ginsu knives at...

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Lessons in Managing from the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:31 PM


Between Easter and Passover, this was a weekend of holidays. All around the world, there were big family gatherings, huge meals, lots and lots of ritual, religious services, activities, and a balance of serious and fun.

What, might one ask, does any of...

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Generation World Loses a Champion

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 4:39 PM


They are ageless. Age does not define them, nor is it central to who they are.

They are empowered. They believe it's up to them to make their lives meaningful.

They are global citizens. Borders are for maps; their interest in other cultures...

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Why the Apple Watch Works

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:20 PM


I don't know about you, but I love watches, and I own a few. (My wife would say more than a few.)

Some are simple, like the one I wear during the summer at the beach: waterproof, thick and sturdy, with a colorful...

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My Kind of Pi... With Ice Cream on Top!

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:19 PM


It was just 9:26:53 p.m. on March 14, 2015, and I have officially celebrated the second transcendent moment of Pi Day, the first being that same time that morning.

Some are calling it the Pi Second, although there is a controversy around the...

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Do You Support Gun Control? Do You Believe That Guns Kill?

(12) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:43 PM


The history of secret and anonymous denunciation is no doubt as old as the world. Religions and governments both have used the "tool" to control the errant masses, and the allure of a gain in favor has always been a great incentive for...

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The Biggest Game-Changer in Online Commerce?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:50 AM


Do you know what is driving higher conversion rates on e-commerce sites?

Big data, from multiple sources in real-time, crunched by powerful programs that ultimately recommend products to you based on where you are, what you have bought in the past, what people...

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Not Digital First, Not Mobile First, but People First!

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:19 PM


Is there a difference between disruption and transformation?

Between shaking up a business sector (I'd say "business model," but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society?

Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people's lives for the good?

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Don't Blame the Messenger

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:35 AM


What separates the good guys from the bad guys?

Hollywood once made it really easy, because all the good cowboys wore white hats while the bad wore black ones.

I wish it were so easy in our world. And I wish that the...

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Killer Content on Demand

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:52 PM


I am fairly confident that a declaration can be made that the once-definitive analyst prediction that UGC -- user-generated content -- would supplant and replace all advertising, movie, broadcast, film, video and whatever else production can now officially be declared dead digibabble.


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Shake Shack Disrupts the Big Mac

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Disruption comes in all flavors.

We have become so used to technology, or at least its application, being touted as the disrupting factor in everything from taxi service to overnight stays that it's worth taking a moment to look at other factors...

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My One and Only Ever Top Ten List

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 11:06 PM


Full and embarrassing disclosure...

Like everyone else, I click on list links.

As a public service, I provide some for your entertainment and amusement as well as three core sources for continued and higher education in list learning....

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Lessons From CES: It's Always All About People

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 1:56 PM


I have just returned from Las Vegas, where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet.

To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show), an event...

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Predictions, Predilections, Prophecies, Punditry... and Future Babble

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:26 PM


How do you end one year and begin another without the onslaught of future gazing by the experts who know...

There was a time when looking forward was a function of truly challenging imaginations: Leonardo DaVinci imagining flight -- parachutes, airplanes,...

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