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Catching Up With Seth Abraham: Trusting The People You Hire
July 15, 2013 09:28 AM
|Seth Abraham talks about his years as an executive at HBO Sports and Madison Square Garden.
“When you are in a room and you are discussing something, everyone in the room knows who the boss is,” he said. “You don’t have to yell. You don’t have to scream or pound a table. Everybody knows who the boss is. With the people I hired at HBO and Madison Square Garden, I hired them for a reason. They were smart. They were clever. They were imaginative. They were creative. Shame on me if I didn’t listen to them. Sometimes people who reported to me would take a point of view 180 degrees from me. I would go into Bryant Park and get a cappuccino and I’d walk around the park thinking to myself, ‘What am I missing that these really smart people think we should be making a left turn when I’m thinking we should make a right turn?’ I would say that 20 percent of the cases, I changed my mind. I would say to myself, ‘These people know something that I don’t know or don’t see.’ And these are people I hired for a reason.”
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