Year: 2013

Branding and Trademark Disputes: 7 Things to Keep in Mind

Of the challenges that craft breweries face, the dark cloud of trademark infringement is one of the ugliest for two reasons: a trademark dispute can cost time, money, energy and perhaps the business; and it is reminiscent of corporate industry, which upsets the camaraderie or community aspect of craft brewing.  Yet this cloud persists and …

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Peace and Pride: Obama, Putin and the Syrian Civil War

A recent opinion editorial from Russian President Putin really irked some Americans, including many in Congress– Sen. Robert Menendez almost wanted to vomit.  This coming from the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. I think the last time vomit was included on a foreign relations piece involved President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa in 1992, a full twenty-three years ago. …

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Six Factors That Can Make Matters Worse: Communication

First and foremost is Communication. This may seem obvious, but the devil lay in the details.  Communication is more than a relay of information. Many things impact communication: Choice of words  Volume Proximity Sarcasm Language, culture, nationality, etc Medium (letter, email, in person, etc) External noises Social media (facebook, twitter, reddit, etc) Body language Relationship …

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Six Factors That Can Make Matters Worse: Emotion

Emotion is the known-unknown influence. We know emotions are always involved in conflict. Just which emotions, and how strong they are, is difficult to actually calculate.  This is where communication and trust can help. When emotions are involved, they can override the controls that gauge communication and trust. Open communication and strong trust help manage …

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The Crux of the Craft Beer v. Crafty Beer Debate: It’s Personal

–To better understand the arguments behind Craft v. Crafty, see links at the end– There is a heated debate between a few large breweries (AB-InBev, MillerCoors, etc) and more than two thousand small breweries across the U.S. and some other countries.  To get a quick outline of the situation, the large breweries bring in about …

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