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Agency Lessons from Mad Men Episode 704 “The Monolith”

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Mad Men still includes real issues faced by advertising (and yes PR firms) in an incredible show. If I wasn’t in this industry, I’m sure I would still be a fan of the show, but for me I get a bonus. I get to watch situations I encounter all the time dealt with by others. Mad Men continues to include real issues faced by advertising (and yes PR firms) in an incredible show. Throughout the course of the series I’ve written 24 posts about real world agency lessons from the show and here’s a few from “The Monolith:”

  • Don’t say things you don’t want people to hear:  Maybe Peggy did want Lou Avery, the anti-Don, to hear her derogatory comments.  Whether she did or not, he did.  She ended up with a raise, but also, Don on her team.  Lou is Machiavellian with this move. He has the chance to give Peggy what she wants, while possibly setting up both her and Don to fail.
  • Prospective customers are everywhere:  Don sees the possibility of LeaseTech, the company installing their new “monolith” as a prospective customer. Of course, he may blow the whole thing when he decides to re-fill his can of Coke with vodka.  Note to keep your eyes out for prospects, and the booze out of yourself while at work.


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