Steve McKee

Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Co., an advertising agency that specializes in working with stalled, stuck and stale brands that was recognized by Advertising Age in 2015 and 2018 as Southwest Small Agency of the Year. He’s the author of "When Growth Stalls" and "Power Branding."

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So good that nobody notices
So good that nobody notices

Too many brands forget about the customer as time goes on. Be more like Disney, instead.

The art of not taking offense
The art of not taking offense

Communication is difficult, and mistakes will happen. You can hammer away at each other, or someone can be willing to be the anvil.

In with the old
In with the old

Technology is constantly advancing, but wisdom can be found regardless of age.

The perilous pursuit of leadership
The perilous pursuit of leadership

In your aspiration to lead, beware the temptation of power. What are you in it for?

Persistence is underrated
Persistence is underrated

Sooner or later in every story the protagonist is faced with a fateful, consequential decision. In a movie or novel, it’s entertaining. In real life, it can be terrifying.

Diversity
Diversity

Just as people express a common language through different accents, we express our common humanity from different perspectives. Finding the fusion is where magic happens.

Culture
Culture

Leaders can set the tone, but they can't force culture. When they try, they end up running a ministry of culture.

Phone
Phone

Get back to people promptly. It'll pay off in many ways.

Disagree
Disagree

In each of the conversations we have -- in every conversation we all have -- there’s a choice to be made: Close your mind or open your heart.

Sales
Sales

Whatever you do, sales is part of the job. The only question is whether you'll focus on what you're giving or what you want.