Jonathan David Lewis on Brand vs Wild and building resilient businesses – MAF133

This week my guest is Jonathan David Lewis.

He’s the author of Brand vs Wild, a book about building resilient brands in harsh business environments.

We chat about how jazz bands, not orchestras, are the right analogy for resilient businesses.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

And it is!

Welcome to episode 133 of the Marketing and Finance Podcast.

Jonathan David Lewis on Brand vs Wild and building resilient businesses

What you’ll hear about in this episode

  • How board room members go through similar challenges and emotions as the survivors of a plane crash on a mountain side
  • The smallest  thing can become existentially dangerous for companies
  • Why systems design is now a key part of marketing
  • There’s no fool proof solution to “wild” but you can increase your resilience
  • Old concepts of success don’t work anymore – for example, flexibility is better than efficiency
  • Why improvisation is important at the front line

Who is Jonathan David Lewis?

Jonathan is the author of Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments, a Forbes contributor and a turnaround expert at McKee Wallwork + Co., an integrated marketing firm that helps stalled, stuck and stale brands rekindle growth.

A branding and business strategist, Jonathan honed his skills during the lean years of the Great Recession, helping brands navigate today’s unforgiving new business paradigms. Jonathan’s opinions are highly sought by numerous business and marketing publications, including Forbes, Digiday, and Advertising Age, where he explores the factors that lead to stalled growth and the principles proven to help companies navigate the ambiguities and dangers of the brand wilderness.

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