Habits: Miles Nadal, CEO, chairman, MDC Partners

I travel approximately 250 days a year, so a "morning ritual" is a bit of a foreign concept to me.

Morning ritual
I travel approximately 250 days a year, so a “morning ritual” is a bit of a foreign concept to me. However, I start most days between 4am and 5am and immediately check overnight activity in the international markets. As I do that, I have one eye on CNBC's Worldwide Exchange. Around three or four times a week, I'll either play tennis or head to the gym before going to the office or attending meetings.

Required reading
I read The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and New York Post religiously. I also monitor Twitter throughout the day, which has become a continuous source of business news. On weekends, I'll dive into the long-lead publications, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, and Forbes. I also catch up on industry trade press, including PRWeek.

First job
The only position I've held other than my current one was as a self-employed, commercial photographer, which led to my first business venture, Action Photographics. My first two employees were my parents.

Proudest career achievement
Partnering with Crispin Porter + Bogusky in 2001.

Most regrettable career moment
Taking MDC Partners public on October 16, 1987 – the Friday before Black Monday.

Best career advice you've ever given
Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you are going to do.

Favorite city to travel to for business
New York City – hands down. It's the epicenter of, well, everything. The vibrancy and energy is unlike any other city.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
A spectacular view overlooking Central Park. I'm a maximalist, though, so I have countless mementos of business achievements and photos from people I've met adorning both my Toronto and New York offices.

Person to call in a crisis
Richard Beattie, chairman of law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He possesses incredible judgment and poise.

Ideal job, if not your current position
I would devote 100% of my time to philanthropic efforts by establishing an organization that encourages entrepreneurs to become actively involved with charities that improve the lives of children in need.


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