Jack Valenti - Lessons Learned

By Jeffrey Pfeffer
Case No. OB55V

Jack Valenti, long time Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association, was renowned for his shaping of the American film and television industry around the world. Born and raised in Texas, Valenti served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and later as a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in the White House. In a classroom discussion, Valenti shares what he learned from his experience in powerful positions. He talks about the importance of helping people out, never getting personal and never forgetting an obligation. Valenti believes in being courteous and respectful to everyone and in being transparent without hidden agendas. At the same time, he emphasizes the need to set limits and to demand being treated respectfully. icon-Video Preview This video can be used with Connie Bruck, “The Personal Touch,” The New Yorker, August 13, 2001, pp. 42-59 and Bernard Weinraub, “The Man Who Unites Moguls, Looking Ahead,” New York Times, October 27, 2003, pp. B1, B6.