10 Success Tips From My Manager Pat

(Well, it could have been Pat or any of them.)

Experienced managers generally will tell you stuff like this:

1. Learn the business. If you don't understand the subject matter nobody will take you seriously.

2. Do things our way first, then we'll trust you enough to change things.

3. Only tell us things when we need to know. We are already bombarded with useless information.

4. We notice typos. They matter.

5. Let it be the other person's idea.

6. Don't be like a bull in a china shop. It's threatening.

7. Standardization beats innovation every time.

8. Did you save us money? That gets you extra points.

9. There is a very fine line between creative and crazy.

10. Heart, humor and genuine team spirit all matter more than brains.


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.