episode 434

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams

Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, the satirical office humor comic strip that has spawned books, video games, and merchandise. Scott is also the author of multiple books, including the number one bestseller, The Dilbert Principle and his latest book Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America. Scott has been awarded the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest award in the profession. Prior to creating Dilbert, Scott had a career in the corporate world, which included stints with Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell. February 10, 2020

Dilbert creator Scott Adams shares his story of leaving the corporate setting to become a cartoonist. While he wanted to be a cartoonist from a young age, this dream was temporarily put on hold at the age of 11. When he discovered that the corporate world was not for him, Scott took a chance and reached out to legendary cartoonist Jack Cassady for advice. Based on that conversation, Scott sent his work to the big magazines, but he was rejected and had all but given up on his dream once again. However, one year later, Cassady reached out to Scott to check in. This prompted Scott to try again and send his work to the major cartoon syndication companies, he got a contract with United Media, and Dilbert got published. We also discuss how Scott has made his life more efficient so he can fit more into his day, the formula Scott uses when turning a tweet into a joke, how people don’t think about the world productively, and why we need to think more like economists, scientists, and engineers, among other topics. 

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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