By Mark Graham, president of Right Sleeve Marketing, Inc.
When I graduated from college in 1997, I started my business career in investment banking. I lasted four months. While the experience was rewarding (I learned how to use Microsoft Excel like a pro!), I found I was more suited for entrepreneurship. I always wanted to build something I could call my own, and it turns out I have a mind for sales and marketing, not finance.
Given my time in investment banking, I was interested in how Goldman Sachs—the industry’s 800-pound gorilla—grew from a mid-tier firm to a global powerhouse over the course of a few decades. To learn more about this magnificent rise, I’ve been reading Charles Ellis’s “The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs,” a book that sheds a lot of light on growth management.