Jack leaned a lot from top BBDO leaders. One of them, the CEO of all of BBDO, Charlie Brower, retired with a memo to all of us. “It would be ungracious to creep away without giving my friends a chance to ignore my advice.” He then shared “16 things I have learned in my 43 years in the adverting agency business.” I kept the memo and pass on Charlie’s wisdom this month. It is still timeless.

  • The expedient thing and the right thing are seldom the same thing.
  • The best way to get credit is to try to give it away.
  • You cannot sink someone else’s end of the boat and still keep your own afloat.
  • It is not important to come in early and work late. The important thing is why?
  • If you get a kick out of your job, others will get a kick out of working for you,
  • No one should knock research who has ever been helped by a road map.
  • Chicken Little acted before her research was complete. The competition ate her up.
  • A writer who can’t take it had better win in the first round. (Unfortunately, very little adverting is okayed in the first round).
  • There has never been such a thing as a bad client, as long as he paid his bills.
  • A man of stature has no need of status.
  • Never trust a man who is Dr. Jekyll to those above him, and Mr. Hyde to hose below him.
  • There are fewer low-interest products than low-interest writers.
  • You learn more from your defeats than from your victories.
  • Few people are successful unless a lot of people want them to be.
  • Honesty is not only the best policy. It is rare enough to make you pleasantly conspicuous.
  • Many people know how to make a good living. Few people know what to do with it once they have it made.

Amen Charlie.

Happy New Year to all my Morsel readers!


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