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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

Making Different Pay Off

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 2:49 PM


Another summer ramble...

I have been lucky to have experienced Super Bowls. I have been fortunate to have cheered at Olympic Opening Ceremonies. I have happily shouted at World Series Games. I have had the privilege of attending Broadway and Hollywood opening nights,...

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Stakeholders Need To Demand More -- When Business and Politics Collide

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:37 AM


A conundrum for another summer Ramble....

If you wanted to hire someone for an important position (or even not so important), no doubt you would exhaustively reference check -- scour Facebook, search LinkedIn, comb Twitter, and hunt whatever and wherever else you could...

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What We Can Learn From 3-Year-Olds

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 5:11 PM

A Ramble for a Summer Sunday...

We just came back from our granddaughter's third birthday party -- and what a party it was!

Bouncing castle, trampoline, merry-go-round, face painting, or in my case, bicep -- hey! I'm in touch with my inner...

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Make the Most of a Trifling Exception

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 3:06 PM

I am a sucker for fireworks... a complete sucker... I revert to my little kid persona every time I see even a small fireworks display... and when it's huge and beautiful, don't ask!!

More -- add big, loud, colorful patriotic music and...

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Simple Is as Simple Wins

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:45 PM


True confession:

I am sitting in Cannes, Cote d'Azur, French Riviera; at a little desk facing large balcony-type windows -- open by the way; enjoying the fresh breeze and mesmerized by the sea and the vista of hills, beautiful villas and an array...

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What Do Gawker and the New York Times Have in Common?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:08 PM


Digital is everything... but not everything is digital...

My readers know my mantra and are familiar with all my varied and growing proof points from the New York Times...even the printed edition comes from a digital Warby Parker

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Apple... Phones; Watches and Now Radio...

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Adam took a bite of the Apple and lost paradise...

Some would say we take a bite of Apple and find it...

I'd say it's closer to the Genesis narrative -- we take a bite and our eyes are open -- we realize what could/should be...

Couldn't resist the Biblical...

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The Extinction of Language?

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:50 AM


Language is how we communicate.

Language can be spoken, signed and sung.

Language can be pictures -- fashion or food.

DNA is a language of sorts.

So is computer code.

And while we think it's uniquely human, it may not really...

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Google... Jeans

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

I love the way we use the word platform today.

In fact, according to Google the use of the word has skyrocketed over the years, particularly as it became a metaphor for developing ideas and products that shared some common core.


What I...

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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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