Energizer Chairman Mulcahy Shares Leadership Lessons at Walker School

| November 25, 2013
Energizer chairman Patrick Mulcahy

Energizer chairman Patrick Mulcahy

On Nov. 20, Patrick Mulcahy, chairman of the board of Energizer Holdings, shared stories from his career with students, friends and community members at the Walker School Speaker Series. His presentation, “14 Lessons on Leadership” highlighted business rules he has learned throughout his career.

Dean Benjamin Akande opened the event by sharing a few words about Mulcahy.  “In his more than 40 years in business, our speaker has found redemption in the honest work of cultivating ideas,” he said.

Mulcahy began his professional career as a product manager trainee at Ralston Purina, and over the years, he held various positions in marketing and new products. When Purina acquired Eveready Battery Company in 1986, he became chairman and CEO.

During his tenure as chief executive, he presided over key initiatives that helped launch groundbreaking innovations – lithium batteries and led bulbs; the marketing campaign for the creation of the Energizer Bunny; and the company’s eventual spin-off to Energizer.

Mulcahy reminded the young people in the audience that they have their entire careers ahead of them. “You can be whomever you dream to be,” he said. “Your career is not a sprint; I encourage you to find ways to keep your mind busy and stay active.”

Some of the other nuggets of wisdom shared by Mulcahy include:

  • When changing jobs, bet on people; you have to like the people you are working with.
  • Consider the reversibility of a decision before making it, and if you make a bad decision, reverse quickly.
  • Clear your desk; focus on the big stuff.
  • Live one day at a time; you have to be opportunistic.
  • Have fun and keep a sense of humor.
  • Disasters are wonderful; you can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.

More than 150 guests attended Mulcahy’s presentation at Webster University’s home campus in St. Louis, Mo., and many others joined the conversation via online streaming.

Read more and see more photos from this event at the Walker School blog.

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