Zen and the Art of Account Service

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Here’s a great piece of dialogue from this week’s episode of Mad Men:

Sterling: Wasn’t even on the (org) chart. My name’s on the wall out there. I like to think I’m rich, they can’t hurt me.
Cooper: That’s a mistake.
Sterling: I’m being punished for making my job look easy. Although, that kid Guy, he has a spark. He is a pure account man.
Cooper: And what is that job all about?
Sterling: I don’t know. It’s about listening to people and never saying what’s really on your mind.
Cooper: No. It’s about letting things go, so you can get what you want.

This guy, Cooper, he knows things.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.

Comments

  1. Watched that episode and remember thinking, “That’s so true.” Smart dialogue and great look at the ad biz in its heyday.