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Posts Of The Year – 1

Here is the post that got the most reads this year and I’m happy it did so because the topic is very personal. It was written on the passing of one of my mentors in business.  The best thing to come of his passing has been the reconnecting I’ve been able to do with a number of former co-workers who took the time to write.

Lots of businesses position themselves as “a family.”  I don’t need to tell you that they really aren’t but I’ve been fortunate enough to get close to that familial feeling twice.  The people who reached out after Mark’s passing were part of the first time.  This was published last July. Continue reading

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I got word yesterday of the passing of Mark Mandala.  For most of you, the name isn’t familiar.   For those of you who worked at ABC in the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s, Mark was an unforgettable character.  He could be loud, rude, inappropriate (even by the way less PC standards of those days), and scary. Most of the time, he was brilliant, hysterically funny, and a damn fine executive who began to guide ABC through the changes in network TV that began then as cable TV (“who is going to pay for TV – that’s nuts?) became more prevalent. Continue reading

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