Jonathan Blum, Co-Founder, Bad Martha Beer | #36

David Novak Podcast, True Self

Today’s guest is Jonathan Blum. Jonathan is a self professed workaholic and entrepreneur, whose accomplished career reflects his tremendous energy, creativity and tactical leadership. He served in the Carter White House, working directly for the president. He spent time in Asia working for Ogilvy and Mather public affairs as the Asia Pacific regional director. He finally landed at YUM brands and served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs & Global Nutrition Officer, and took the restaurant company’s profile to new height’s over a 23 year career. He is the creator of the largest April fools joke in Public Affairs history and even started his own brewery called Bad Martha Beer.
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After his time working in the White House, Jonathan went to law school. He also worked for two law firms during that time, but two years in he realized he didn’t want to practice law.
Jonathan didn’t know what to do. He turned to his mentor because he felt stuck. His mentor had been in a similar situation; he left law to go into public affairs. After their conversation, Jonathan decided that was what he wanted to do, too.
(6:46-8:11)

Jonathan was fortunate to have a great mentor. Have you had a mentor who’s been influential in your career?

Jonathan gives the following tips to leading others:
• Catch people doing things right.
• Build up instead of tear down.
• Give people ownership.
(25:55-27:17)

Which of these could you do more of when leading your team?

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