Job advice from a 3M marketing guru

The William & Mary Marketing club hosted its first speaker October 3rd, featuring Gregory Winn, the retired international director of 3M.

Opening with some advice about applying for jobs (something that is always on an MBA’s mind!). Winn emphasized the importance of the interview. This, he said, was really where you get to set yourself apart from simply being words on a resume. Be sure to research the company—really research it, not just the night before you go to the interview, he said, and make sure you show them what your value will be to the company.

“Go in there with a plan of ‘how can I help you’,” he said, adding that, when he was hiring employees, that was what he was looking for. “Think about it, and have ideas with substance.”

Winn then went on to discuss the highlights of his career and a brief history of the company, which began as the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company and whose first technology, sandpaper, was the foundation for the global force 3M is today. The precision coating the company developed, Winn explained, became very important, and is used now in everything from the famous Scotch tape to medical supplies.

Winn also discussed how 3M, which has so many brands, manages to continue to be a powerful market force. He said it came down to brand management, and, essentially, consistently high quality products that continue to adjust and react to market demands—including seeing around the bend at what consumers will want in the near future.

Winn also discussed his role within the company, where he served in 16 different positions all around the world. Taking to heart the company’s mantra of “adjust and react”—something he encouraged all attendees to do as well—he said that one of the biggest things he learned when working in an international setting was to do just that: learn. This was very important when doing business in other cultures, he said, and one of the best things you can do in a similar situation is have a mentor who can show you the real world of where you are doing business.

Winn stayed after for a Q&A with students, and then for one-on-one questions for those who approached him. For more information about Winn, visit his Linkedin profile.

Related posts:

Comments

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Ashley Ames

Ashley Ames is a full-time MBA candidate with the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Blog Post, Brand, Full-time MBA, International, Marketing, Students
More Information
Blogger Directory
Looking for someone? Click here to check out all of our Mason School bloggers.
Social Media
twitter facebook linkedin youtube google+ flickr instagram
  • Executive MBA Admissions Information Reception - Pentagon City
    The William & Mary Executive MBA Program staff is hosting an admissions information session at Pentagon City. Wednesday, November 5th 6:00 pm - 7:30pm Off-Campus, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
  • Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance Opening Celebration
    Join President Reveley and Dean Pulley of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business to celebrate the opening of the Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance. Tuesday, November 4th 6:30 pm Off-Campus, The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society
  • Alumni Webinar: Attaining an Executive Presence
    Join Raymond A. Mason School of Business Associate Dean for MBA Programs Dr. Ken White for a 30-minute webinar while he discusses how you can develop executive presence. Thursday, November 20th 12:00 pm Online Webinar: Link will be sent to those registered