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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What drives your team? How you can help them excel?

  As a great leader you have to be deeply aware of what it is that drives each of your team members to excel. When you have this understanding, you know what to do to motivate their best performance. You can’t manage your process unless you know which emotional carrots you should be using to […]

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Networking: how to uncover the power of your connections

Strategic networking is the foundation of your business development and your career growth. Your next gig will most likely come from a personal connection, especially as you advance up the ladder. Ditto your chances of promotion within a large corporation. Ditto those relationships with partners and clients that will spur your business growth. And ditto for the talent you […]

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Start ups and the law – what you don’t know

  “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” Don Corleone in Puzo’s The Godfather So are you starting a new business?  Then Don Corleone’s words are absolutely not meant for you. You are going to need to give assurances and you are […]

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Writing a business plan or pitch letter?

First rule:  remember your reader has a short attention span.  Write for that reader in short powerful sentences. Go back and edit and edit again.  Make it shorter, tighter.  Be positive, not negative –  that’s a Hemingway rule. Hemingway told F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934 “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of […]

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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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7 Quotes on Innovation and Leadership – and how to hear them for yourself

  Let me, as strongly as I can, recommend that you listen to Ian Richardson’s reading of Machiavelli’s The Prince. His mordant performance is a standout, bringing complete clarity to Machiavelli’s already crystalline thinking.  If you work in a corporation – any business actually, or are on a board or in any organization where there […]

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How to pitch your startup to a VC

In a recent excellent panel, five investors talk turkey about what is for them an everyday experience – listening to pitches and picking winners.  If you are looking for funding or even just starting out on a venture – this will get your thinking off on the right track – certainly as far as seeking investment […]

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