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.
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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
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
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
Sense of Humor 339
Some Thank You's 348