Introducing … the Carlos Files
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because we could all stand to sharpen our competitive edge.
By Carlos Watson
An ongoing OZY series with life lessons, great stories and advice from OZY co-founder Carlos Watson.
You might know Willie Brown as a former mayor of San Francisco, but his political legend began when he elbowed his way to becoming the first African-American speaker of the California State Assembly. From that perch — where he sat for almost 15 years — Brown went on to become the most powerful politician in California.
Brown’s tactics became life lessons for young Carlos Watson — all the way in Miami, Florida, where, in 1980, Carlos’ father taught his son to pay attention to Brown’s maneuverings. The lesson here is about surprise: Sometimes, when everyone thinks you’re going to zig, you should not only zag — but triple-zag.