By Karen Axelton
Picture by Carin Baer; Courtesy AMCtv.com
For enterprise homeowners who—like three of the 4 companions in our enterprise—are raving followers of the AMC collection “Mad Males,” Sunday’s season finale most definitely left you bereft in additional methods than one.
The episode was nice—however left me wailing “NOOOO!” as I noticed what an extended wait there will likely be till subsequent season after we get to see what occurs to the brand new enterprise of Sterling Cooper Draper Value.
I’ve a number of entrepreneur pals who watch the present, and as a couple of had predicted, on this episode advert exec Don Draper struck out on his personal to begin his personal company when his employer Sterling Cooper was offered to an even bigger company he scornfully known as a “sausage manufacturing facility.”
Don has by no means wished to work for anybody—he was reluctant to even signal a normal employment contract—so his making this transfer to begin a enterprise isn’t a shock. What was much less anticipated is that firm founder Bert Cooper determined to affix him after Don berated him for being an previous man in a “golden coffin.” Roger Sterling, who we found solely this season was not an organization co-founder, however solely the son of the founder, threw his hat in with the three of them as effectively. Final, however not least, the three persuaded Lane Value, the Brit who was their sworn enemy till just about this episode, to affix them in shopping for again the enterprise.
I gained’t recap the episode as there are various locations on-line you may get that info (try the AMC official web site, or my private favourite Mad Males weblog, Tom & Lorenzo, for the rundown). What fascinated me about this episode had been the various motivations every of the 4 companions had.
Don, what you’d name the basic entrepreneur, desires to begin his personal enterprise as a result of he desires to construct one thing of his personal and doesn’t need to work for anybody else. Bert, who I’m fairly certain sees loads of himself in Don, was in all probability the basic entrepreneur when he began out, and Don’s needling has spurred him to rediscover that side of himself moderately than go quietly into the “coffin.” Roger rises to the problem, however admits he by no means began something earlier than, and the viewer can’t assist questioning how effectively he’ll maintain up when the going will get robust. Lastly, Lane is sick of being jerked round by the massive bosses again in London, and excited by the prospect of being in management. How these 4 personalities—who all clashed repeatedly once they had been staff collectively—will work as companions will likely be fascinating to look at.
It was additionally fascinating to see how the 4 companions chosen the staff they wished to take with them—primarily based partly on how massive their accounts had been, but additionally on what every individual may carry to the corporate—and the way they needed to “therapeutic massage” every individual’s ego a bit to get them on board. Equally, every of the companions introduced a unique ability to the enterprise—be it creativity, enterprise sense or being good with individuals—and so as to work collectively, every of them needed to acknowledge what they by no means had earlier than: that the opposite individual truly had one thing of worth to present.
Personalities are so massive part of any enterprise’s success or failure. I assumed this episode was an enchanting have a look at all of the challenges any startup faces in coping with all of the personalities working collectively. Now, if I can simply wait till the following season (August 2010 can’t come quickly sufficient) to see the way it all performs out!