Follow the Leader: A Conversation with Russell Stevens

Mr. Stevens was a partner at the strategic communications agency SS+K, guiding the company’s consulting group and business development operations. In May 2012, he left to begin Saddle River Group, a boutique consulting and investment practice, with long-time friend and former AOL President Ron Grant.

In this candid conversation with ExecuNet, Mr. Stevens shares his views on when to follow one’s passions as a career, what to do when you find yourself at a career crossroads, and other aspects of executive life.

He says executives at a career crossroads must figure out what they are really good at and what they really like to do. It is a mix of passion and opportunity, keeping one’s ideal in mind and to see “if you can construct a career around it.” He believes “We are in a world of free agency and companies are not only hiring from the big agencies or very high level freelance people. They are now able to piece together solutions from a number different places.” He advises jumping off the path one is supposed to take when they reach a certain age and finding their inner passions.

Mr. Stevens’ insight will inspire you to think about and look at the world, your career and your business differently, and then act on that shift in perspective.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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