Jim Scannell

The Vulnerability of Management - Monday Musings
The Kansas City Royals have made a remarkable run in the postseason. They’ve gone undefeated through the wildcard game, the American League Division Series and the American League Championship Series, and the World Series stood tied 2-2 after game four on Saturday night. Ned Yost, the Royals manager, is an oddity in modern sports. He was the manager of the Milwaukee Braves from 2003 to 2008 and has been with Kansas City since the 2010 season. His teams have never finished in 1st place. He has never finished higher than 5th in voting for manager of the year either in the National or American League. Yet, here the Royals sit – through persistence and with diligence to follow the plan and the vision – in the World Series as the American League…Read more

Gamification in Higher Education - Monday Musings
[Note: we occasionally ask friends and colleagues to act as guest bloggers. This post is provided by Julia Kurz, Associate Account Manager at Cognitive Marketing Inc.] The word “gamification” has been thrown around a lot lately in the world of higher education. Originally used in the marketing sector, gamification’s popularity stems from its ability to sell a product or brand more effectively by using metagames (short, playful experiences) to interact with customers on a more engaging level. Educators have already begun using gamification principles in the classroom, encouraging student academic success. For example, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts has implemented gamification principles in the form…Read more

Leadership Changes at Scannell & Kurz - Monday Musings
As some of you may know, my longtime business partner and friend, Kathy Kurz, is retiring at the end of December. I am very grateful that Kathy will remain a colleague and friend to me and to the rest of Scannell & Kurz and RuffaloCODY for many years to come. I thank her for 34 years of wonderful, productive collaboration and contributions to our industry and wish her an amazing (and relaxing!) retirement — as I am sure you do as well. Kathy has already begun transitioning her responsibilities in preparation for this. In particular, her leadership responsibilities in S&K are being transitioned to Jen Wick, who was appointed to a Vice Presidential position on July 1. Since 2011, Jen has brought both her strong consulting and analytical skills…Read more