In our summer poll, we asked members about creative leadership and where your team falls within the organizational structure of your firm. While 35% of respondents said they have one person calling the creative shots, much like a Chief Creative Officer, only 4% said their top creative carried a Chief title. And the majority, at 52%, said that no creative leader at their firm sat at the executive level.
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In last month’s poll, the majority of respondents said the bulk of their 2015 budgets would be spent hiring external agencies or service providers. Whether offloading work due to capacity constraints or augmenting the skill sets of your internal team, partnering with an agency can be an excellent approach. What do you hire agencies for?
Happy 2015! With a new year comes a reset or a reiteration of company and department goals. As a manager, many of you are likely putting together your six- and 12-month plans for the year. A big part of this planning involves a new budget. How do you plan to allocate the bulk of your department budget this year?
In last month’s poll on managing change in your organization, 62% of responders cited “resources” as their biggest challenge to taking their team to the next level. Being understaffed is one challenge. Having the wrong people on the team can be even tougher to correct. Your weakest links can disrupt an otherwise well-functioning team and sap the spirit of your top performers. How do you course correct underperformers?
In our recent roundtable events in Phoenix and New York City, participants discussed how embracing change in order to grow the department, is often difficult for in-house creative teams. What are your key challenges to taking your team to the next level?
Creatives are a delicate lot. With creativity can also come stubbornness, moodiness, and easily bruised egos. Pushing your team to produce their best work takes patience, experience, and most importantly, time. How much time do you spend developing your team to help them reach their potential?
Remember the days of hard-bound stock photography books? And printed design annuals? And stacks of design magazines to rifle through for creative inspiration? Now that your focus expands beyond the hottest new typeface or trend, what resources do you find most valuable? Aside from industry staples GD USA and HOW, what publications do you read?
While curtailing the volume of email that hits your inbox each day is largely out of your control, employing best practices when communicating via email is essential to a productive day. Keeping emails brief, specific, actionable, and timely invites responses from your clients that do the same. Which email offenses do you find hardest to break at your firm?
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