There is a reliable movie trope that suggests the best way to get ahead in business is to be a complete jerk. Whether it’s Gordon Gecko (Wall Street), Lex Luthor (Superman) or Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada), we’re consistently told that the people at the top of organizations got there by climbing over the bodies of their rivals and treating their people like dirt.
Dylan Jones | Managing Partner, Boldsquare
The Boldsquare Group has established itself as one of the fastest growing strategy and communications groups in the Southeast. The group’s two business units, Boldsquare and Bandera, work with a rapidly expanding array of leading brands, public companies and innovative organizations.
I recently spoke to the Association of Corporate Counsels on the topic of how to develop and advance an environmental, social and governance (ESG) program. ESG is one of the hottest topics for lawyers and C-suite leaders right now, with investors and employees pushing organizations to become better corporate citizens in the broadest possible sense.
From the moment we take our first test at school, we’re told by parents and teachers that we should go with the first response that comes to us. Our gut tells us the right answer, according to popular wisdom, and changing our mind is counter-productive.
Tough though the pandemic's social isolation has been, it has provided an opportunity to catch up on some of the TV that has eluded me over the last couple of years of entrepreneurialism and fast-paced strategy and communications.
At this time of year, we’re bombarded with news of friends who have decided they’ll be running a 5K by February or are going to start a weekly podcast about crafting. Resolutions generally come to a sorry end shortly after the metaphorical ink has dried. For businesses though, it’s time to think of revolutions not resolutions as you enter a critical year for the organization. Here’s a few things to consider ahead of the return to work:
I’ve worked in many different sectors through the course of my career, but none of them has given me a greater ability to navigate crisis and complex issues than my time in the music industry. The many years I spent working at the intersection of business and popular music were better than any degree I could have studied for, and provided me with knowledge and real-life experience that I still use every single day in my professional life.
As Father’s Day approaches, it’s naturally a time to think about family. Relationships with families can be tricky at the best of times, but even more so when you add in wealth, fame and power. Whether you’re Mars, Comcast, or any number of large or small business dynasties, balancing the needs and expectations of generations of descendants from the original founder isn’t easy.
An old English literature teacher of mine once talked to me about the fact that a story I had pulled together didn’t really have a beginning, a middle and an end – at least not in the classic sense of the word. I mean, it started and it finished, and there were likely some other words in between, but I guess my structure didn’t quite live up to the expectations that had been set by many centuries of storytellers who had come before me. Little did this person realise that I would spend the best part of my career writing and telling stories for a living.