Real Life Lesson: Read What the Boss Writes


In this week’s issue of Princetoninfo.com (U.S. 1 Newspaper) the most engaging business-oriented piece is an essay, “Will the Real Scott Morgan Please Stand Up.”

There’s also an interesting article, by a relatively new freelancer (John F. Heenehan) on Chris Dries and his new company. Dries (a product of Duke and Princeton) belongs to the Greg Olsen/Sensors Unlimited clan and also sits on the board of Princeton Power Systems, founded by young Darren Hammel.

As it happens, in this week’s cover story, Hammel offers a Real Life Lesson: How to Be Wrong.

Eight other movers and shakers in the Princeton business community were asked for the equivalent of “What I Wished I’d Learned in College and How I’d Teach It Now.” Doug Kerwin of Fulcrum Gallery discussed the need to make careful projections. Melissa Gertz, a social activist who was severely injured in an auto accident, had detailed advice, including “find your niche” and “learn when to say no.” June Ballinger of Passage Theatre emphasized people skills and Bob Carr of Heartland Payments riffed on spirituality.

The most intriguing, to me, were the comments on company culture from my ex boss Rich Rein, who was describing himself when he wrote, The boss doesn’t have to put anything in writing. So when he or she does, pay careful attention. Read it all the way to the end. If it’s an E-mail consider printing it out, and underlining the important points.

I figured that out pretty early.

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