Mad Men Meets Cancel Culture

The cautionary tale of how 3 words ended a long and illustrious career for advertising icon Stan Richards and the important lesson that can come from his mistake.

David Wyld
Oct 19 · 7 min read
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Stan Richards — Source: The Richards Group

Advertising icon Stan Richards says he’s confident about two things: One, he will never retire, and, two, The Richards Group will never be sold — even after he dies. “You have to understand that I love what I do. It’s the most fun that I have. Why would I want to give that up?”

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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Stan Richards and 3 Words

“If this was a publicly held company, I’d be fired for the comments I made. But we’re not public, so I am firing myself. Our employees, first and foremost, deserve that. I made a mistake. The biggest mistake of my life. One I will never be able to adequately explain or take back. All I can say is that I was wrong.”

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Source: The Richards Group

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David Wyld

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David Wyld (dwyld@selu.edu) is a Professor of Strategic Management at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a noted business consultant and writer.

Digital Diplomacy

Technology, digital, and innovation, at the intersection with government and foreign policy

David Wyld

Written by

David Wyld (dwyld@selu.edu) is a Professor of Strategic Management at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a noted business consultant and writer.

Digital Diplomacy

Technology, digital, and innovation, at the intersection with government and foreign policy

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