Lessons Learned

Stuff I learned, part 3.

1.      Networking isn’t reaching-out to contacts only when you need a new job. 2.      Sending a handwritten note is incredibly more effective than an e-mail. 3.      Stress isn’t having 5 college mid-terms in 2 days. Growing a career and family is. 4.      You have to “walk the decks” to truly connect with your staff. 5.      Bro hugs don’t convey strength and …

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Stuff I learned, part 2

1.     Young people at work are itching for their chance. Know that and help them. 2.     Always help the helpless, be careful about helping the clueless. 3.     A title at work means nothing without a good person behind it. 4.     You don’t need money to be respectful, mannerly, courteous. 5.     Want your career to grow? Write, speak and present yourself well. …

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Seriously now. What can this kid possibly offer me?

Since I was a kid, I’ve always fashioned myself a bit of a writer. It’s likely what led me to my career in marketing, communications, advertising. I was invited to have lunch in Philadelphia in spring 2019 with the Dean of Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. I thought the lunch would be for a …

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11 things I learned while searching for the next great thing in my career.

Following M&A activity, I was lucky to have time to be selective when finding the next great thing in my career…but…I am a Leo and I don’t waste time waiting for things to happen. I was looking for CMO/SVP Marketing roles; these are rare and hyper-competitive. I knew it’d take time…and it did…but I’ve accepted …

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Missteps are OK as long as you’re heading in the right direction.

I’ve made my share of mistakes during my career and certainly would like some do-overs.  Some projects, plans, campaigns didn’t turn out as I’d planned.  But that’s OK.  Not everything will succeed as you hoped it would.  As someone once said:  missteps are OK as long as you’re heading in the right direction. I’ve always …

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He said “don’t swing”. Huh?

It was 1979 in Northeast Philly and I was a 12 year-old kid playing competitive travel-league baseball across the city. I was a short-and-skinny but talented-and-feisty baseball player. I was on the team pictured here. One of the coaches on this team said “don’t swing until after the first called strike”. I was told to keep …

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