Why I Thrived at P&G despite never selling out my PASSION and how YOU CAN too!

04/20/2015

I have always had a passion, no make that a fanatical compulsion, to innovate.  To some this spirit is inspiring. To others it’s their worst nightmare.

After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine I went to work for Procter & Gamble in their Brand Management department in Cincinnati.  My first boss, Barb Thomas said of me, “Were there times I wanted to strangle Doug? Absolutely.  He was what I call a high-maintenance subordinate.  You had to watch him like crazy.  He’d be nodding at what I was saying, but his mind would be somewhere else.  Linear he’s not.  He sees the same thing you see, but from a different perspective.”

My passion to do things differently, smarter, faster, more creatively was the key to my success at P&G. It was how my small team created and shipped 9 innovations in 12 months.  What I didn’t know until recently was that to many leaders of P&G, Passion was the key to making really big ideas happen.   During my tenure I had many mentors.  One of them was John Pepper who had a 39-year career at Procter & Gamble and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1986-2003. John recently posted a story on his blog  that explained in an indirect way - why he and the company were so supportive of non-traditional ways…John wrote...

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