Tag archive for culture

Censorship. That’s what we need.

Censorship. That’s what we need.

Wait…what?? Yikes — really? Well that’s what I was told by some paintings featured at the Whitney Biennial. I was moved to take a longer look at the raw material for those startling works, an essay by Ian Svenonius, which was here interpreted beautifully by Frances Stark’s…

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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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Here’s what your boss likes to see!

Here’s what your boss likes to see!

  Cartoon copyright Grizelda, Private Eye

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To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

To get progress do you accentuate the positive or eliminate the negative?

“Anthony. What is it you want to achieve here?” I had a fascinating conversation with a psychiatrist recently. While she was not focused on the creative professions, it seemed that many of her clients had similar issues to mine, and were stymied in their attempts…

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Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Two design inspiration visits over the holidays – to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for “good” design and to City Reliquary for the full-of-soul vernacular design of New York City.  Surely I couldn’t be mentioning those in the same breath.  Perhaps it’s the Smithsonian…

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The importance of understanding interdependence at work

The importance of understanding interdependence at work

  A Forbes’ survey reported that “a third of all clients report that they manage over 50 agencies and 22% have a roster of over 100 agencies! Clearly, Forbes was surveying the biggest brands, but having five or six agencies involved in a brand that…

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Working in the “awesomest team” – who gets the credit?

Working in the “awesomest team” – who gets the credit?

So in the hive of the awesomest team, whose work is it?  Who gets the credit?  The answer – from a recent group of panelists representing IDEO, Huge and Google seems to be: no-one.  Each individual is just so happy to be a part of…

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Getting hired today:  the hive grows itself

Getting hired today: the hive grows itself

The trend in company culture is to have everything be transparent so that everyone sees everything. Crowd-sourced evaluations and raises and so on. Actually the self-evaluations transparently shared in some companies and commented on by anonymous co-workers put me in mind of the self-criticisms that…

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Let the crowd be the judge of your personality. Why not?

Let the crowd be the judge of your personality. Why not?

This hive centric, flattened leadership led me to be concerned that we might be losing the critical value of having a mix of different personalities, backgrounds and experiences for generating creative ideas and innovation.  The hive might just favor its own sort and create a homogeneous community….

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Company culture: command and control gives way to the age of humility

Company culture: command and control gives way to the age of humility

Mass sharing and the inherent complexity of today’s digital products and 24/7 data driven communications are serving to put an end to the arrogant creative leader with the killer instinct who has ruled creative businesses in recent decades; and to the command and control business…

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