With The Cable Center recently electing six industry leaders to join the ranks of the Cable Hall of Fame, we thought we’d extract some advice from them—for those of you who plan to follow in their regal footsteps. CableFAX asked the Hall of Famers, “What’s your best advice to an up and coming cable executive?”
Here are some of their responses:
Ann Carlsen, Founder and CEO, Carlsen Resources, Inc:
“Listen 90% of the time. And under promise and over deliver.”
Leo Hindery, Jr., Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners:
“Try to be remembered for ‘how’ you did it, not ‘what’ you did. And engage all of your company as equal partners, not as employees.”
Larry King, Former Host of Larry King Live, Host of Larry King
“I am honored to have been chosen. As a broadcast host, my advice is simple. Do what you do with passion. Don’t try to be someone else. There is always an opening for talent in this wonderful business. And above all, never give up!”
H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, President and CEO, The Lenfest Group:
“My advice to an up and coming cable executive is to favor the programming area as content has and always will be king.”
Phil Lind, Vice Chairman, Rogers Communications, Inc.
“Be bold and innovative but make system reliability and customer service your top priorities. When consumers become overwhelmed by today’s choices and technologies, they’ll ultimately choose the provider that gives them the most reliability and the simplest most responsive customer service.”
For more advice for up and comers, check out the CableFAX Program Hall of Fame on the same topic HERE.
The Cable Center will celebrate the new crop of Hall of Famers at its 15th annual event May 21 in Boston, in conjunction with the Cable Show. On electing the class of ’12 Larry Satkowiak, president and CEO of The Cable Center, said, “They all rose above the ordinary nature of their jobs and put in the extra effort to make cable a better place for those of us in the industry now and into the future. These are people of vision who made a contribution to an industry that changed our lives in very profound ways.”