My mentor was a Hall of Fame baseball player. We never spent time together, outside of a few moments, but his impact on my life – and his recent death – have me remembering why he was so great.
While I am not an avid television watcher, “House of Cards” simply had me hooked from episode one of the first season. Not because of its sometimes over-the-top negativity of the politics of Washington, but because of its sheer brilliance in how many of its story lines, lessons and outcomes show insight into what it takes to be great and win at business.
Many of my fellow marketers and communications colleagues know it is hard to do things differently at times. You often find resistance to change and organizations who think any risk is too much risk. Luckily, during my time at H&R Block, I was given the green light to take some risks and to really do things differently to engage clients.
The key to keeping your job – now and in 20 years – is to understand you have to grow and learn and change continuously. Once you reach the end of the “prime” of your career, and climbing the ladder doesn’t matter to you, that doesn’t mean you stop learning and reinventing yourself. If you stop, you stop contributing to the business world and to society.
"The days of assigned parking spaces, ivory tower office suites and executive dining rooms is over."West Coast CEO