Why do creative pros look for coaching help?

The things that are keeping you up at night are most likely not unique to you. The particulars are yours and yours alone – but they probably fall into a category that has kept others awake watching that digital clock move oh-so-slowly from 3 am to 4am in the uncaring darkness. I am naturally very […]

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Don’t let your new job title become a disappointment

Just because you like being ECD, or COO or SVP Design Director in one place doesn’t mean that a like-titled job somewhere else will be the same. Just because you feel you should have your boss’s title doesn’t mean you’ll be happy when you get it. Titles on their own tell you remarkably little about the actual job. […]

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Moving up? Overwhelmed by email?

Email inundation is a particular issue for people who have made a leap forward in their careers and whose new roles expose them to vast new volumes of communications. The wonderful new “flat” org structures lead to everyone wanting to know everything that is going on. This does have some merit, as every little piece of design, strategy, tactics, execution […]

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Managing your career within the organization. Don’t let the company hierarchy hold you back.

Company hierarchies as laid out on org charts can seem stifling;  but they needn’t be. The org  framework gives you a clear guide for your own navigation and success – all you have to do is search for the win-win opportunities at each level. You have to manage up on the chart. You have to […]

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New Year plans? Don’t just set a start date

Creative professionals start the year open and excited to new possibilities and to moving ahead to what is next. In recent days I’ve heard from creative pros who want:  “to transition into …”;  “to establish …”;  “to consider options;” “to seek a new job and career that fulfills me;” “to know how best to present myself. I have ideas, […]

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My kind of selfie: a nice testimonial

  This summer I had the pleasure and privilege of helping a fine London animation company to focus its approach to the US market.  When we were done, I asked if they were happy with the project and would consider writing a testimonial.  This is what I received in return.   “Having had the pleasure […]

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Your dream creative job may be closer than you think.

  A common phenomenon among creative professionals who work in companies large or small is the sigh of frustration that says: “I am better than this, I have so much to offer that isn’t being utilized, I am not getting the best projects,  I am better than those other guys, management is doing it all […]

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Corporate or Startup? What’s right for you?

The grass is always greener on the other side …or is it? Small nimble startups are working to become great big brands. And great big brands aspire to be small nimble start ups. And the people who work in them are looking through the same fence. CPG giant Mondelez feels the need to incubate startups […]

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Your job in a world of exponential change

  My first candidate for word of the year is “exponential”.  It will be applied to everything. The job market, the energy business, the climate, the TV business, the music business, our earth’s population.  This exponential change will affect each and every one of us.  I chatted with a woman yesterday who wondered if her […]

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