Who's That With Charlie?: Lessons Learned and Friends I've Made Along the Way

Who's That With Charlie?: Lessons Learned and Friends I've Made Along the Way


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From the introduction by Neil Armstrong:

Charlie Mechem's interests and his background prepared him well for an unusually broad career in law, business, professional sports, and acting as a consultant and adviser to a number of individuals and businesses.

For instance, as CEO of the Taft Broadcasting Company, Charlie often held the annual meeting of shareholders at an auditorium inside Taft's Kings Island theme park near Cincinnati, Ohio. Shareholders, along with their invitation to the meeting that arrived in the mail, would receive a ticket to enter the theme park with its many thrill rides and other entertaining attractions. A few people bought one share of the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, just to get the free ticket to the park.

Taft was an entertainment company, and the meeting of shareholders was an opportunity to showcase their talents. Charlie's dynamic speeches, together with music, video, and the help of Yogi Bear and Fred Flintstone, dazzled the shareholder audience.

Charlie is a speaker with a touch of genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578605323
Publisher: Clerisy Press
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Neil Armstrong: The late Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.

Charlie Mechem was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taft Broadcasting and Great American Broadcasting Company from 1967 until his retirement in 1990. Previously he was a partner in the law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Cincinnati, Ohio from 1955 to 1967.

Charlie is best known for his role as Chairman (and he is currently Chairman Emeritus) of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). After retiring from that role, he has since worked as a partner with Arnold Palmer.

Mr. Mechem holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University School of Law. He also holds honorary degrees from Miami University and Ohio University. He has been active on many boards of directors including philanthropic organizations and was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Cincinnati Bell and Convergys Corporation.

Table of Contents

Foreword Neil Armstrong vii

A Word from Arnold Palmer x

Introduction 1

Part I Who is this Guy? 4

Chapter I Why I Wrote This Book 5

Chapter II Growing Up 7

Chapter III Miami University 22

Chapter IV New Haven, Here We Come! 30

Chapter V Yale Law School 32

Chapter VI Back in Ohio 36

Chapter VII The Army 41

Chapter VIII Judge Advocate General's School 51

Chapter IX The Kids 54

Chapter X Years at Taft Stettinius & Hollister 56

Chapter XI Taft Broadcasting Company 76

Chapter XII The LPGA 162

Chapter XIII The Years with Arnie 251

Chapter XIV The Years Since 274

Part II Lessons Learned 276

Hard Work 279

Broaden Your Range of Interests 283

Learn to Deal with Detail but Not Be Absorbed by It 291

It's Okay to Worry-Just Don't Agonize 294

Control Your Anger 295

Importance of Effective Communication 297

Return Your Phone Calls and E-mails 306

Appearance and Good Manners 308

Punctuality 310

Implementation of a Decision Is Frequently as Important as the Decision Itself 312

Know Something about Everything on Your Desk 313

Pick Every Available Brain 315

Respect for Others 317

Brevity in All Things 319

Always Reach for Excellence 321

Be Wary of Things You Don't Understand 325

Avoid Hubris 327

Don't Be Afraid of Change and Innovation 328

Qualities of Success Can Bring Failure 332

Have a Defined Value System 334

Patience 338

Sense of Humor 339

Epilogue 346

Some Thank You's 348

Appendix 349

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