Pollock Spark Executive Coaching and Consulting for Creative Professionals

How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You’re clear about your career aspirations — the work you really want to be doing — but sometimes, fate didn’t work in your favor, and you’ve had to accept the second best job just to…

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How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

How do I know if I’m a creative professional?

Here are seven questions to ask yourself that may help you to know if you are a creative professional: Can you imagine having a better gig than the one you have? Do you see a smarter way to do things than the way they are…

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Are You Planning Your Career? You Should Be

Are You Planning Your Career? You Should Be

You’re always assessing your career situation, right? You yourself are changing and growing, and despite your best hopes, history does not always move forward to a “more perfect” future. So what are you thinking? Will you decide to stay with your current employer and make…

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How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You

How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You

How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You Answering the question, “Who are you and what do you bring to the table?,” is some of the most important work I do with clients, whether they’re looking for the next stage of…

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How coaching is effective: two examples

How coaching is effective: two examples

I like to hear from my clients in their own words how they have been helped. Here are a couple of notes I just received  from clients who are at very different stages of their careers. 1. An early-stage creative professional who, before we engaged, had…

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Are You An Expert, Or Do You Feel Like You’re Faking It?

Are You An Expert, Or Do You Feel Like You’re Faking It?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my clients tell me they feel like they’re faking it, that some day they will be found out and it will all be over. My response is: “Excellent. We all feel that way. This is a…

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CAA behind closed doors: trust, loyalty, betrayal, creative leadership and change management

CAA behind closed doors: trust, loyalty, betrayal, creative leadership and change management

I’ve just read, and strongly recommend, a massive book about CAA – the upstart agency turned powerhouse that had such a disruptive effect on the entertainment business through the 80s and 90s and survives today to represent many of the most important and influential talents and teams in…

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Inspirational People – an Election Antidote

Inspirational People – an Election Antidote

I’ve been distracted by the news in recent days. I thought I’d look for positive inspiration in the stories of amazing people who have done admirable things. Here are the faces of some people who are worthy of our deep respect. You will recognize many, but perhaps…

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Irving Thalberg on leadership and decision-making – as told to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Irving Thalberg on leadership and decision-making – as told to F. Scott Fitzgerald

The following is excerpted from Matthew J. Bruccoli’s preface to Fitzgerald’s last and unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon. Monroe Stahr, he principal character in this Hollywood story, was based clearly on Irving Thalberg, the Boy Wonder movie producer, and main architect of Hollywood’s Golden Age….

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Don’t lose sight of what you have already, in your hunger for what’s next

Don’t lose sight of what you have already, in your hunger for what’s next

  As creative pros, we are always planning, always wondering what we should be doing next, what’s around the corner. This is all as it should be.  But could we be missing out on the opportunities that are right next to us? But sometimes – and I see…

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