Lessons Learned

“Dad, there’s always great weather after a storm.”

“Dad, there’s always great weather after a storm.” I was sitting on my balcony in Florida Sunday afternoon, thinking too much about life and career and how the heck I got to where I am despite some really turbulent times in life and career. And then these storm clouds rolled in. Some serious and ominous …

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Spend more time with your successes, not your failures.

Focus more on your successes, not the failures. These framed pieces are hanging outside of my son’s bedroom. Every time he leaves his room he sees them. One is his Associate’s Degree from Montgomery County Community College, the other is his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State. He didn’t graduate at 22, he graduated at 26. …

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A few things that up-and-coming marketing pros should learn.

Over the course of my 34 year marketing, advertising, branding and communications career, I’ve learned a ton of lessons, some the hard way. But, I’ve found that there are a handful of durable truths. I’m sharing some of them here for today’s younger marketing pros: Spending: The test of a true marketer is now how …

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Ever find yourself in this position at work?

You’re outmanned, competition is charging and you can’t stand still. What do you do? There will be times in your career when you won’t have the ideal mix of budgets, people or resources you’d like for ultimate success. You need resilience, self-reliance, quick-thinking, wits.   Know what you need at minimum for success, be spartan in …

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Do you ignore or address?

Over the course of your career, some “friends” and colleagues will turn on you. – They’ll resent your career growth. – They’ll mock your accomplishments. – They’ll challenge your leadership. – They’ll question your character. This isn’t about you. It’s about them. You could ignore the scuttlebutt but my approach has been to challenge objectively and …

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