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This is a blog of ideas. And it's a blog of ideas about ideas. Step inside for a glimpse of what's new and what's next. We'll hold the door open for you.

You Are Invited

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Stone Ward turned 30 years old this year! We see this as a reason to celebrate and you are invited. On December 11, 2014 we are throwing our own anniversary party. We are looking for former employees, current and former clients and our community friends to join us for a fun evening of reuniting and… Read more >>

Crazy Colorways

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  If you’ve been to the gym lately (or anywhere, really) you will have noticed a trend in the past few years towards brighter and brighter colors in athletic shoes and apparel. Neon yellow, bright pink, even pairings of many colors previously thought “un-complimentary.” The movement isn’t necessarily about color, either, it’s about standing out… Read more >>

The Social Election

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Our political elections are increasingly moving online where candidates are connecting to voters through social media. We saw it in 2008, 2010, 2012 and overwhelmingly in 2014. The proportion of American voters who follow political figures on social media has nearly tripled since 2010 – up to 16 percent of registered voters from only 6… Read more >>

The Hippest of Dips

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How often do you get chip-faced? If you live in Arkansas, the answer probably sounds a little like this: “a lot….like a whole lot.” Did you know that cheese dip originated in Arkansas? This explains why it is somewhat of an obsession around here. It was invented at Mexico Chiquito in 1935 (thank the Lord)…. Read more >>

Get the Best Customer Service on Social Media

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There has been a dramatic shift in the way consumers are communicating customer service needs in the last three years. Traditionally, customer service has been conduct via phone and email. Now, consumers are using social media channels to shout their problems from the rooftops and demand quick solutions. These social channels have become very noisy… Read more >>

You Done Good, Kid.

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Don’t worry, my eye twitched just as much when I wrote the title as yours when you read it. Before I’m sacrificed to the grammar gods, let me explain a little further. At Stone Ward, our leadership is all about encouraging hard work. Going the extra mile is a common thing around here, and people… Read more >>

The Value of Intrapreneurship

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Apply the lean startup model, think like a business owner, move fast and break things — these are directives that entrepreneurs are hearing and embracing as they start their new businesses. But they are also principles that are being applied by established businesses as technology rapidly changes and every person in a company has the… Read more >>

Decision-Making From the Inside Out

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Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. How do you think the best executives make decisions? Well, forget what you think you know. Recent studies from the world of neuroimaging are revealing what is really going on inside the brain when people are working, being creative and making decisions. These discoveries can help us learn how to best motivate… Read more >>

One Step Back; Two Steps Forward

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During the summer months around our place, it’s common to see at least one or two empty chairs each week. From tropical locations to european dream vacations, the Stone Ward family is exploring and enjoying every corner of the earth…and making everyone jealous with their Facebook updates. It was during a recent “staycation” that I… Read more >>

Camp Reality, Week 1

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When I told my parents that I accepted a position as an intern in Stone Ward’s Camp Reality program this summer, to say that they were less than thrilled would be an understatement. While my parents support me in everything I do, they had the typical parental concerns. Especially considering I had just graduated from… Read more >>

Know When To Quit. (It’s not such a bad thing and you should do it more often)

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A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. This is impossible to argue with, right? Winners press on, winners keep going long after others have given up, these are the people we admire. Athletes, entrepreneurs, scientists, the only way to achieve something monumental is to plow ahead and make things happen! Just like every… Read more >>

PR Lesson: How to Apologize

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Any public relations counselor and crisis communicator would do well to watch actor Jonah Hill’s apology on “The Tonight Show” last night.  If you haven’t seen it, Hill appeared on the show to promote his upcoming movie.  Rather than launch into his famously funny (to some) banter, he asked host Jimmy Fallon if he could… Read more >>

Frank Talk, Spirited Debate, Laughter and Love. Now That’s a Thriving Creative Culture.

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Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has written a new book entitled “Creativity, Inc.” I love it for two reasons. It’s like a behind-the-scenes tour of my favorite Pixar movies– Toy Story, Cars, and Monsters University.  And it’s a compelling, how-to guide for building a successful creative company. (Note: Pixar Studios has… Read more >>