I’d been curious about why I had been so fascinated and drawn to the TV show Mad Men and why I just had to watch all 4 seasons on DVD, even out of their natural sequence, over a short period of time. I enjoyed the fashion, the hairstyles, and especially how the roles in human relationships and connections played out back then compared to the many, many ways that the roles of men and women have evolved today.
Season three’s episode 13 nailed it. It was true then and it’s true now. The Millennials are onto something.
It’s 1963, and the ad agency, Sterling Cooper, just got sold out to a larger company, so the big players—the former owners, conspired to take with them their biggest accounts and start up their own agency again. To ensure success, they also needed to take with them their youngest team members, Pete in accounts, and Peggy, the trailblazing female copywriter, both of whom were in their twenties. So Donald Draper, the creative director, humbles himself and admits to each one separately that he needs their help.
Don told Pete that he recognizes his ability to foresee trends in the marketplace when the others didn’t.
“We need you to keep us looking forward, I do anyway,” he said.
Don admitted to Peggy that she was indispensible.
“You see how people view themselves and nobody understands that but you do, and that’s very valuable. I’m moving on and I don’t know if I can do it alone. Will you help me?”
“What if I say no? You’ll never speak to me again?” she said.
“No. Then I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to hire you.”
The takeaway here in my opinion is that we all have wisdom to offer, no matter what generation we come from. It all just comes in different layers and flavors.