Chuck Williams

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Andrea Syverson is the founder and president of creative branding and merchandising consultancy IER Partners. For 20+ years, Andrea’s joy has been inspiring clients with innovative approaches to branding, product development and creative messaging. She’s the author of two books about brand building and creating customer-centric products that enhance brands: BrandAbout: A Seriously Playful Approach for Passionate Brand-Builders and Merchants and ThinkAbout: 77 Creative Prompts for Innovators. You may reach her at asyverson@ierpartners.com.

If you're looking for a great read that is a change of pace from the typical business book, let me recommend "Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul" by Dr. Stuart Brown. I guarantee you Brown will change your mind about play. It will become something you do first, not put off until all your work is done. I'm more convinced than ever of the importance of play and the necessity of stepping back, taking time-outs, and the need for creating reflective time, and space in our highly reactive and ever-changing culture.

Doing business with the little guy is probably a good idea Oct. 4, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue #36 IN THE NEWS With his father, W. K. Swan, Ken Swan was the creator of discovery cruising. From the early 1950s, Swan Hellenic offered excursions, led by scholars, diplomats, clerics or naturalists, to historical and archaeological sites-initially around the Mediterranean, and, after 1980, farther afield. --"Ken Swan, OBE, former managing director of Swan Hellenic, was born on April 3, 1919. He died on Aug. 21, 2005, aged 86." The Times of London, Sept. 30, 2005 Chuck Williams, who turns 90 on Sunday,

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