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Job Security Through a Culture of Testing

This article was originally published in Career Education Review on February 13, 2019.


We gave a talk at a conference recently. We began by asking a question to the audience:

Imagine you are running a marketing department (most in the room were) and you’re only allowed to be excellent at one skill set – and mediocre at the rest – to help you meet your objectives. Which of the following would you choose, and why?

  • Extraordinary design skills
  • Tremendous copywriting or persuasive communication skills
  • Permission to split test ideas without fear of failure
  • Excellent brand-building social media campaigns
  • Effective media buying and the ability to find pools of interest

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Reach Within Grasp

Reach Within Grasp - Enrollment Resources

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We have a management philosophy that my business colleague, Gregg, came up with called “Reach within Grasp.” It means we ask ourselves: “If we take on a project, can we finish it?” This may seem like an obvious question, but I’m frequently surprised by how many projects get started, by myself or by clients, that can’t reasonably be finished.

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