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Shaun Adamec

Founder & President at Adamec Communications

Best career advice you ever got?  

Never make decisions out of fear (also the best life advice I ever got) – advice given by my now-wife and I think of it every day.

Favorite thing about your job?  

Owning my own communications firm allows me to learn a lot about different issues that I care about – it doesn’t limit my exposure to one issue, but instead allows me to work on a wide array of important causes.

What would you be doing if not this?

I spent ten years in political campaigns and offices. If I weren’t helping important causes with my consulting practice, I would likely be back in that arena.

What’s something work related that keeps you up at night?  

I am constantly thinking about the changing cultural context and how it impacts the way my clients should be talking about their missions – and at the same time ensuring they don’t overreact to contextual factors either.

Most memorable Communications Network Experience?

Delivering a workshop, worried about attendance, and ending up with a standing-room-only crowd.

Your most overused word or phrase?  

“Capacity” – but only because I work with foundations 🙂

Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast – Revisionist History

Guilty Pleasure?


How do you define success?

I want to make sure clients are not only happy and satisfied with the work we do together, but that it actually propels them forward in ways that are meaningful to them.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

Kids are smarter than we give them credit for.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?  

Most interested in learning about ways in which they consider “narrative change,” and can help organizations think about strategic ways of doing so.

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

Meeting new people in different roles has been tremendously valuable. It has opened my eyes to the need for external support in this field, and really propelled me to venture out on my own with my consulting practice.


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