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Madboy: Beyond Mad Men: Tales from the Mad, Mad World of Advertising by Richard Kirshenbaum

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CHAPTER SIXI ALMOST DID IT MY WAY

ADVERTISING PEOPLE BY NATURE TEND to be quirky, fun, and loquacious, as it is, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the more interesting people over the years. I’ve often said running a creative department in an ad agency is like overseeing a kindergarten class and a zoo. You have to balance being disciplined and also have a very liberal hand. After all, you’re dealing with creative people, not accountants. They’re never on time; they don’t do time sheets. They might not come in if they’re depressed. They might smoke too much or drink too much or have other vices. Sometimes it’s shepherding the lost; other times it’s cracking down on a free-for-all and making sure things don’t get too out of hand. ...

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