March 20, 2006

News & Opinion: Business Books in Advertising?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

IBM has a new ad campaign with the tagline "What Makes You Special?" They have run a couple of big spreads in The Wall Street Journal over the past couple of weeks. I am sure they have shown up other places. It ran again today.

In the ad, they feature Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat and a quote from the book:
"...the flattening of the world means...we are now connecting all the knowledge centers on the planet together into a single global network, which...could usher in an amazing era of prosperity and innovation."

I am not sure I have ever seen a business book quoted and featured in advertising for a F500 company.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.