14. Dave Brandon

If anyone knows that effective organizations share the same essentials—no matter how varied and distinct their particular area of focus might be from others—it’s Dave Brandon. His 35-plus-year career ranged from consumer goods through marketing services to the food industry and eventually came full circle to his alma mater. Now Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at University of Michigan—where on a football scholarship he originally intended to pursue a career as a teacher and coach—Brandon is also uniquely qualified to talk about how to understand and strengthen organizational cultures. He credits much of that to his unplanned first job: five years with Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he served as a Sales Representative, District ...

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