Opinions And Ramblings By Adam Kmiec On All Things

Advice I’ve Collected Throughout My Career

In the 13 years I’ve been working in the marketing, advertising, and interactive I’ve had 16 direct managers.  By name they were Chris, Laura, Jonathan, Paul, Chris, Doug, Tom, Jeff, Willie, Michael, Jonathan, Kevin, Patty, David, Christine, and Michele.  Some were good.  Some were horrible.  All of them taught me something.  Over the years, I’ve kept a running list of the most valuable words of wisdom.  They’ve guided me on some level to become the person I am today.  Here’s the best of the best:

  • We’re selling hope here, not details.
  • Be mindful of what you have.
  • The last thing on my list is paying the bills.
  • The line at the door for my business is long.
  • Manage effectively and add value.
  • Please and thank you go a long way.
  • Manage the time you get with your boss aggressively; make it your time.
  • Never talk in hypotheticals.
  • Make legal and IT your friends.
  • Legal doesn’t make decisions; they provide counsel.
  • There is no substitute for face time.
  • Always have an agenda for your meeting. If you don’t, don’t schedule it.
  • Say it, sell it, and pray it can happen.
  • Your credit card is not a substitute for a real relationship with your client.
  • Never work on a brand that you can’t support and won’t buy.
  • Always fly in the day before a presentation.
  • Don’t present it as an option if you can’t live with it, if it were picked.
  • Knowledge doesn’t come from books, it comes from experience.
  • Take ownership of your career, don’t expect someone else to do it for you.
  • Hire slowly, fire quickly.
  • Put people in a position to succeed, but playing to their strengths.
  • Never let the job description define you.
  • Understand the situation, before you accept it.
  • Never use light gray font on a white background in PowerPoint.
  • If you want to be a leader…LEAD.
  • Take calculated chances.

I’d like to take this opportunity to share 3 of my own:

  1. Never be afraid to test and try.
  2. Admit when you’re wrong and learn from your mistake
  3. Never send an email out of frustration.  You can write it, just don’t send it.

I hope that you’ve gotten something out of this post.  I’d love for you to share any wisdom and advice you’ve received.