All posts tagged: Productivity

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Transforming Company Culture With Better Meeting Strategies

Meetings are arguably the reason most projects get successfully completed. Though most of the work is done beyond the confines of a scheduled meeting, it’s in these spaces of time where the strategy for implementation happens. Whether planning an event, sketching out a marketing plan or designing a website – meetings can be an essential component of reaching the desired outcome. However, though meetings have been given a bad rep due to poor management and unclear communication. When managed without strategy, meetings become more of a hindrance than value – diminishing resources, morale and even killing projects altogether. Meetings Take Many Forms Contrary to popular belief, meetings don’t have to be an ‘all hands on deck’, cumbersome affair. They can be as simple as a 5-minute check-in with loose structure or more formal agenda driven spaces to kick off projects or outline a new plan. It’s debatable whether project management…

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11 days ago
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Improving Your Project Management Style

We all know that project management isn’t as simple as it may seem. It takes a certain type of individual to excel at the level most clients and internal stakeholders expect. Working efficiently can make or break a project, and for even the most organized of people, the right tools and skills are needed to effectively manage the milestones and deliverables required. Kick-Off Strong To determine the management needs of a project, many factors come into play. A kick off meeting should be held to agree what is the most appropriate route – taking into consideration the size of team, timeline and overall scope of the project. For example, a single ad with a static image and copy using a designer and copywriter has much different PM requirements than that of a website development project. Regardless of size and scope, all kick-off meetings should result in the distribution of a…

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2 years, 4 months ago
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Creating (and Maintaining) Strong Client Relations

A delicate subject constantly on the minds of directors and account reps alike: the client relationship. Building and maintaining a professional yet approachable communication language that will endure can be a daunting task, especially when working on high stakes projects that reflect a clients brand, and ultimately, their bottom line. The success of an agency, design firm or even freelancer depends heavily on strong client relations. Many businesses will gain new clients solely through word of mouth or reviews primarily gathered through social platforms. Some see client relations as a service in itself, setting the tone of the agency’s core values. There are many moving parts to the lifecycle of a creative project. Moving through the process keeping in mind these few steps will solidify the relationship as a trusted partner as opposed to just another vendor, greatly improving the project’s outcome. ‘Date’ Your Prospective Client Getting to know your client,…

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2 years, 4 months ago
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A Culture of Collaboration

In branding and marketing strategy – as with many other industries – collaborative efforts typically have far better results than projects handled by only one person. Though collaboration has turned into a service based cultural buzzword seen all over the place (a little like innovation), its an elusive achievement that many don’t fully understand. When most companies need branding work, the first thing they think about is finding the right designer for the job. A great designer is definitely capable of creating a solid design but cannot do all the heavy lifting with regard to strategy and planning. Creating an award winning design or campaign is a team effort. There are many parts of developing a brand that most people aren’t aware of, especially if the goal is to create an outstanding final product. This is where the benefit of working with a creative agency comes in. #1: Be Agile The agency or team…

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2 years, 5 months ago
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The Pursuit of Innovation: Breakthrough vs. Incremental

Every aspect of a business, brand or organization can be optimized through innovation – customer relationships, process, human resources – all in pursuit of a meaningful experience. What’s more is that this application opens up the culture of innovation to all, not solely the ‘creatives’. With an incredibly competitive market and a demanding customer base, creative agencies require an innovation culture to stay relevant. Many employ one of two types of innovation, even without knowing it. More often, unaware of it’s process, a company innovates through an incremental process. Incremental innovation is considerably the more conservative method and exists on small, gradual improvements to a product or service. This may not even be seen as innovation during implementation, but in retrospecting a product’s synthesis over time, one can obviously see the benefit and upgrades to it’s user – thus solving their problems through innovation. Incremental innovation responds to it’s users needs, making their lives better, becoming more useful and earning…

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2 years, 5 months ago
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Cultural Fit: How Your Work Space Affects You

Human beings are fascinating in their individual differences, personalities playing a crucial role in the way we interact with others – especially in the workplace. Understanding these individual personalities is the first step to creating a productive and happy environment at work. 

We invest a substantial amount of our lives at our careers – finding it, traveling to and from work, interacting with our coworkers, peers and supervisors. Individuals in every industry are finding themselves moving from job to job trying to find an environment that they jive well with – because work is no longer about just making money. People seek companies that will allow them to achieve a better work-life balance, improve their existing skills (as well as providing the experience, information and training into acquiring new ones), while appreciating financial compensation. But it is much more than that. 
 Personality-Job Fit

 A cultural fit is directly connected…

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2 years, 7 months ago
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Creative Design: Shaping Your Work Environment

We don’t exactly know how creativity takes place within the brain, but every industry has experienced some ideas and aspects that have shown positive results. How do we build and embrace creativity within the work environment? How can we shape that space to be one that inspires? Of all the research done on the subject, two categories have shown to be most effective – the physical environment where individuals do most of their work and thinking, and the interpersonal environment that shapes the relationships within the work place. Physical Environment

 Surround yourself with inspiration. Creative organizations are embracing urban zoning in their office planning process, thinking about what emotion needs to be infused in the space. Does there need to be a quiet, contemplative writing area? Should you include an area that allows for a few hours of uninterrupted concentration? Do the walls and window area need to be bright…

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2 years, 7 months ago