“Think about the job you’ve been given and how to get it done.” – @DavidSable #Insights [Click to Tweet]
David Sable gained valuable #Insights from his mentor Edward on the importance of working in an open office. [Click to Tweet]
Read everything you can. Not just what interests you or supports your biased; read the other side too. #Insights [Click to Tweet]
David Sable: I was very un-corporate. I had been living on a kibbutz for about a year. I was really totally and completely in a different head set. I had come to work with this buttoned-up guy who started the American Revolution background, fifth generation Dartmouth corporate wasp. You can’t even imagine. He is like this crazy Jewish kid who walks in with long hair. He was also Republican but very – the old kind of Republican, social-liberal. He was very social-liberal, physically concerned.
David Sable: I walked in like this – a nutcase, leftwing kind of hippie, whatever. He became a mentor until the day he died. He became a mentor.
David Sable: Wherever me and my wife went in the world, he visited us. He came to be with us. I had a problem on anything, I called Edward. He was my man. He was my go-to for everything. He was amazing.
David Sable: What did Edward teach me? He taught me a lot of things. He taught me discipline. He taught me how to write better. He taught me a lot of things like that.
David Sable: But the most important things he taught me were – as I started my corporate career – he sat me down once and said, “David, look you’re going to work at Y&R. You’re going to work with people who lust for the corner office.” He said, “It’s irrelevant. Don’t ever sell yourself for an office. Don’t ever change your job for money. Always think about the job or the task you’ve been given, the job you’ve been given and how you get it done. So, you don’t need a corner office to get it done.”
David Sable: Which is why today, I sit literally outside on a big open desk. It was so easy for me to do. It was what Edward taught me throughout my whole career. It’s irrelevant how big your office is, where it is so long as you can work.
David Sable: In fact, he taught me about the Boiler Room because he came out of that political environment. He did a lot of work for the Republican Party. If you know, even back then they were the first open offices. It wasn’t Silicon Valley.
David Sable: That whole open office, Boiler Room kind of thing was financial and politics because in politics you need everybody in a big room. That’s how they work – Boiler Room style. He was working open office long before anybody ever thought about that.
David Sable: That was Edward. He was amazing and I was blessed to have him.
David Sable: My other two mentors, one is Howard Burson who founded Burston- Marsteller. Howard is 96. He goes to work every day. He’s one of the smartest men that I have ever met and learned a ton from him about corporate relations, about speech writing, about dealing in the C-suite.
David Sable: How do you talk to a CEO? This was when I was a kid. How do you talk to a CEO? How do you think?
David Sable: To this day, I share this to everybody here. Read everything that you’re hands-on. Don’t just read the things that are of interest to you where it might support the bias that you have. Read everything about the other side, too. Make sure you understand.