9 Leadership Lessons From Don Draper. “You’re my best friend,” a client of my web agency once told me in 1996.
“You’re mine!” I said. But I was lying. I hated him. I hated every client.
I was afraid the client would fire me if I wasn’t his friend. I made every decision out of fear.
Getting respect is more important than being liked.
Don Draper is a mystery.
The main character of the show “Mad Men” has a fake identity. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t care what people think.
Like how on Halloween we lose our inhibitions because we are in a mask.
Throughout the series he builds a philosophy of authenticity. People can see authentic. They can smell it.
I recently rewatched the “Mad Men” series. I kept notes.
In the last season is my favorite Don Draper quote: “You have to learn to live in the ‘not knowing.’”
9 LESSONS FROM DON DRAPER. “IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT’S BEING SAID, CHANGE THE CONVERSATION.”
It’s so easy to kiss ass and just say yes when deep down you know something is wrong.
It’s so easy to not stand up for what you believe in. It’s hard work to have beliefs you are willing to say no for.
If you don’t believe in your vision, you are too easily swayed.
It’s interesting to note that, in season 6, there was a critical moment when Don overhears Peggy using the same phrase and he realizes then that the student has become the master.
“YOU’RE GOOD. GET BETTER. STOP ASKING FOR THINGS.”
Don says this to Peggy when he thinks she is complaining again.
She thinks she is owed a new office. Or better clients. Or a higher salary. She compares herself to others who she thinks have more.
No successful person ever says, “That strategy of complaining all the time really worked for me.”
I feel this bitterness. I have to keep it in check.
“Why are they getting what I think I deserve?”
When I recognize it in myself I call it “the disease.” I get the disease constantly.
The way to succeed is to get out of the hierarchy. This is the fastest way to move forward. To skip the line.
Building your own voice gives you permission to speak.
“SUCCESS COMES FROM STANDING OUT. NOT FITTING IN.”
9 Leadership Lessons From Don Draper. “You’re my best friend,” . Of course, this is a riff on a Dr. Seuss quote from “The Cat in the Hat”: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
I started writing about stocks in 2002. It was boring. I was like every other guy writing about stocks.
It wasn’t literary but I would try to use the structure of the sentences to express the despair I was in. People on the verge of suicide write simple sentences.
DESTROY the category you want to succeed in. Burn the bridges down after you cross. Don’t be like THEM. Go to the place least crowded.
9 Leadership Lessons From Don Draper. “You’re my best friend,” . Sara Blakely didn’t create underwear. She INVENTED Spanx. Ken Langone didn’t create another home supplies store. He created the ONLY home supplies superstore.
Jeff Bezos didn’t create an online bookstore. He created the only infrastructure for all ecommerce and then for all large-scale online platforms.