No one would say office dynamics in Mad Men–with period-correct sexism, racism and alcoholism—are anything to aspire to. But underneath the antiquated identity politics are some business lessons that hold true today.
Our colleagues at Canadian Business have put together some of the best takeaways from the show in honour of its final-half season.
One lesson is spotting talent and nurturing it, as ad executive Don Draper does for then-secretary Peggy Olson in the show’s early seasons.
As the show progresses, we also see the leaders of the original agency break away from their company, form a new firm and merge with competitors, showing the benefits (and pitfalls) of taking calculated risks.
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