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

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CHAPTER EIGHTEENPASS THE TORCH

ALTERNA-DAD’S LOGIC HAS ALWAYS BEEN to question and not to take anything at face value. Harry Truman has always been one of his heroes, because Harry Truman did one fundamental thing that Stanley Ira loved (and I’ve been taught to love). As president, he asked everyone’s opinion and then came to his own conclusion, unlike some of the other presidents. And that’s what I strive for in business, and what I have seen in my most successful clients (like the Steve Wynns of the world).

Stanley Ira once said, “In his day, asking other people their opinion was considered a sign of weakness. But Truman was an unassuming guy from Missouri. He asked people what they thought, then made his own decision, like when he integrated ...

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