Published: 28/04/2016
ISBN: 9781785891304
eISBN: 9781785895609
Format: Paperback/eBook

"Hugh Salmon's observations are often thought-provoking – and frequently provoked much nodding from me."
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Hugh's advertising career began at Ogilvy & Mather in London. At the age of 31, Ogilvy appointed him to manage O&M Thailand, an office of nearly 400 people. In the 1990s, his career was interrupted... read more

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Thoughts on Life and Advertising
by Hugh Salmon

In and around a distinguished media career, Hugh Salmon has faced unusual life experiences, meeting new challenges and interesting people along the way. In the 1990s, his career was interrupted by his discovery of financial irregularities at an advertising agency of which he was managing director. When he reported this to his head office, an American company quoted on the New York Stock Exchange, his chairman and the company not only dismissed him but told lies about him to cover up the fraud. In a pioneering legal action, Hugh’s well-publicised, five-year battle to clear his name and recover his reputation led to a ‘spectacular victory’.

In the 2000s, Hugh discovered he was suffering from a broken back caused by a long term rugby injury and experienced at first hand the realities that disabled people are forced to endure. He realised the understanding of human behaviour and creativity he had worked with in advertising could be better applied to improving society as a whole.

Hugh Salmon’s challenging observations on life and human behaviour have featured in a blog on the marketing website Brand Republic and on The Huffington Post. Thoughts on Life and Advertising is a compilation of some of these blog posts and is accompanied by his ebook Ideas for Britain.

From stories about the young man who was the most useless person on the planet to leadership lessons from the Queen; from government blunders to corporate corruption; from office politics to sport and music; from kindness to selfishness; spiced with creative insights, empathy and common sense, Thoughts on Life and Advertising exposes characteristics of human behaviour that will inspire young people – and students of life at any age.

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The Bookseller, Editors Choice, 1 May 2015: "After his high-profile advertising and marketing career was cut short by an old rugby injury, the author - co-founder of - started a blog entitled 'A Different Hat', in which he shares his observations on life and human behaviour, and challenges politicians to seek more creative solutions. 'Ideas for Britain' collects his posts on a wide range of subjects: from the cruel effects of austerity policies and the impact of social media, to exciting new thinking for the NHS. His observations are often thought-provoking - and frequently provoke much nodding from me."

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3 out of 5 stars

For a collection of blog posts, it is easy to read with a certain educational value. Following the values of integrity and consistence with examples from media, advertising, sport or politics, it dissects and inspires, selects and makes distinctions. A good inspiration for young people considering to join the world of advertising!

by Ilana WD

5 out of 5 stars

I loved Thoughts on Life and Advertising from start to finish, both on a personal and professional level.

I took away plenty nuggets of wisdom, many of which draw on Hugh's fascinating (and often courageous) life experiences, and others from people he finds inspirational.

Genuinely the most I've ever used the highlight function on my Kindle!

One of the final chapters is 'Do you brighten the space you occupy?', which is something I already try to live by - and something that Hugh's words have achieved in this book.

by Sarah Roberts


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