7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can use them to acquire things and access services, and we […]

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Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Selfie with audience by Figaro singer Jose Adan Perez This past week I saw a comic opera from 1816, a very contemporary dance performance and Iñárritu’s terrific movie, Birdman. Each was so different in form and language. Each one of those performances left me thrilled in its own emotionally intense fashion.  This reminds me not […]

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Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Milton Glaser – photos by Sam Haskins According to IDEO “Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy.”   Wait a minute – that is taking design thinking quite far from its old comfortable world of graphics, logos, packages and annual reports – even far from cars, frocks and […]

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What is burnout really? And how to prevent it.

Burn out.  What is that exactly?  What to do about it? I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burn out.  It made me wonder what it is exactly, how it manifests.  I suspect it is a blanket term that covers the following types of scenarios “I am […]

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Why creative staffers have to be constantly networking – with their co-workers

  Do you want to up your game? To get better projects and higher quality work?  To win promotions and titles and money and respect?  Of course you do.  And networking, yes networking, plays a major role in that whether you are working independently or in a company.  It’s not just for freelancers chasing a […]

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Growing your business? Evolve your process. Don’t be a dodo!

Growing your creative business is good, right? But while you are adding clients and staffers, your process and workflow is probably not going to survive intact. “It’s like watching the evolution of a small society,” says Anthropologist Krystal D’Costa – who also happens to be Production Director at digital marketing firm Tenthwave. From a start […]

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Creatives and big data: friends or foes?

“Raw data is like raw sewage: probably there’s something valuable in it, but you don’t want to be around where it comes out.” So says Laurie Pollock – who has been both an advertising creative director and a planner/market researcher. “Some creative people are masters of insight themselves. And some are brilliant at pulling those […]

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Creative leaders: get your hands dirty again!

So you got yourself set up in your creative business and everything changed.  Now your days are spent marketing and managing payroll and watching the cashflow and dealing with vacation schedules and calming needy clients. But wait – what was it you started out doing?  How did you get to this point?  You were a […]

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Get an accountability partner – and keep your projects on track

Some people work well on their own. They set good goals and easily make clear choices and get it all done under their own steam. But most of us can benefit from having someone who can hold us accountable and help us avoid the pits of procrastination and indecision – an accountability partner. So who […]

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Time management! To stew or to sprint?

  Efficient time management is not one of the great skills possessed most creative professionals. But we each find our own way of trying to get the right things done in the right time frames. Deadlines we kind of understand (flexible deadlines, less so) and we have come to understand how to meet them (last-minute-all-nighter […]

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