“5 things I wish someone told me before I became a CEO” with Samantha Martin of Media Maison

An Interview with Phil La Duke

Phil La Duke
Sep 25, 2019 · 16 min read

The Power of Networking. If there is nothing else from what I’ve learned as a CEO, it’s the importance of keeping in contact with people you know. How important it is to stay in touch — the check-in email with friends and colleagues that you thought, at the time, would never help you at a later date or you thought nothing of losing touch with. That is so short-sighted. Everyone you meet in business is a valuable tool that you will never know when you might need it again or need to call on again. Keep those connections, keep in touch — even when you need nothing. My success comes from a well cared for Rolodex of people I can call upon from my high school days to clients I had from last year. The extra effort of staying in touch will serve you well throughout your career.

  1. That it can be lonely sometimes. Being the boss is hard — it requires you to make decisions that not everyone will agree with or understand. Some days you are alone and have to trust yourself that you know what is the right next move.
  2. Reading all the books you and listening to all the advice will never trump actually going through it yourself. There is no way around getting the experience yourself. Only when you have been put to the fire or have to rally your team or when you are faced with fears and second guess yourself — and eventually rise back to the surface will you truly know what it means to be a leader.
  3. The Power of Networking. If there is nothing else from what I’ve learned as a CEO, it’s the importance of keeping in contact with people you know. How important it is to stay in touch — the check-in email with friends and colleagues that you thought, at the time, would never help you at a later date or you thought nothing of losing touch with. That is so short-sighted. Everyone you meet in business is a valuable tool that you will never know when you might need it again or need to call on again. Keep those connections, keep in touch — even when you need nothing. My success comes from a well cared for Rolodex of people I can call upon from my high school days to clients I had from last year. The extra effort of staying in touch will serve you well throughout your career.
  4. Reputation. Reputation. Reputation. While you can’t expect everyone to love you — you can be someone people respect. Your reputation is everything, and while you cannot make everyone like you or agree with your decisions — be someone that when people think of you, they know you do what you say you will do and be where you say you’ll be. Burning bridges serves no one, especially not yourself. This is not to say that you will go through your career with people who don’t like you or employees who when they leave have disparaging things to say, but if you stand up for your beliefs and are consistent with who you are, your reputation for being someone of their word will follow you.

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Phil La Duke

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Phil La Duke

Written by

Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention” and “Blood on my hands

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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