It’s all too easy to think of our jobs narrowly: “I’m a marketer. I’m in ecommerce. I’m in the apparel industry. I work in tech.”
But what we really do, or at least what we should be doing, is much too big to be constrained by a single job title or industry.
To give you an example, I came across an interesting story while conducting interviews at the MarketingSherpa Media Center at IRCE 2016. As you would expect, most of the interviews focused around hot ecommerce topics like Amazon Marketplace, Snapchat, and funding a startup.
But I had a deeper conversation with Joe Peppers, the Ecommerce Market Sector Leader at The Weitz Company.
But previously, Joe went to West Point and served three tours of duty in Iraq as a Captain in the U.S. Army, before going on to work in ecommerce for Amazon, Apple, Fanatics.com, and now The Weitz Company.
I discovered some interesting lessons from military service that can be applied to ecommerce, so we sat down to talk about it…
Personally, I have two big takeaways from this conversation.