8 for 8: Your strategy is showing (and that’s not a good thing) 

Someone influential once said to me, “David, research is your ‘x’ factor.” I took this to heart and never looked back. From that moment forward I would use information — mostly the ability to find uncommon primary and secondary research — to differentiate myself from the crowd. However, later in life a more seasoned colleague…

8 for 8: Patience required; how to earn a seat at the table

The first years on the job can feel a bit like sitting at the kids’ table. In my experience, it sometimes resembles arriving to a meal with an adult-size appetite with the “good stuff” still a few seats away. In the business of advertising — from the untested account executive to the junior copywriter — the rite of…

8 for 8: Ask yourself, what good can come of this? 

The purpose of the “8 for 8” series is to share the wisdom I’ve received from past generations. It draws upon the conclusion of a study citing “advice” as the thing Millennials most want from their elders. As described in the series’ initial posts, I’ve learned how to get back up after a fall. In…