Blog

The Latest

What's on our mind.

The Dangers of Control

Posted on

As a leader, you do have to engage in a little extra oversight sometimes — perhaps on a high-stakes project or when one of your people is new or taking on something unfamiliar.

But oversight that’s based on your anxiety and not your team members’ performance is micromanagement. (Tweet+Share)

You’re micromanaging when Read more…

Creative Leadership in Action:
Romy Suskin, Photographer + Studio Owner

Posted on

Romy

Not many people can claim both Courtney Love and Walmart in their portfolio, but Romy Suskin can. She’s also shot Ozzy Osbourne, Alicia Keyes and Christina Aguilera; been published in Rolling Stone; and worked with VH1, Motorola, Verizon, Samsung, BBDO and R/GA. The photographer/studio owner/retouching genius is also a Creative Executive Method grad. She gave us some time to share what works for her as a solopreneur.
Read more…

Are You Loving Your People Enough?

Posted on

You love your work.  Do you love your team, too?

We’re not talking about being best friends with everyone. And we’re not talking about overfunctioning – solving every crisis for them or sheltering them from any difficulty.

We are talking about working as a team and making sure that kindness is an essential experience, no matter how difficult things get.
Read more…

Your Gift of Management

Posted on

There’s a quick shift you can make right now that will immediately change you as a leader.

Ready? Think of your management as a gift, not an obligation.
Read more…

Creative Leadership in Action:
Jenny Daly, Reality TV Badass

Posted on

Jenny Daly

The Creative Executive: Jenny Daly.

Resume: Founded T-Group Productions, a reality based production company, in 2011. About 20 shows in various phases of production, including Mystery Diners (Food Network), Celebrities Undercover (Oxygen) and House of Food (MTV). Last year’s sales were over $40 million. Mom of two young kids.

Honors: In Variety’s 2013 Reality Impact Report, Jenny was listed as one of the most influential people in reality television, Top 100 Companies in the World by Realscreen, and Top 25 Reality Players in The Hollywood Reporter.

How to succeed (really fast)

I think the success I’ve reached is based on Read more…

Creative Leadership in Action:
Jeff Hitchcock

Posted on

Jeff

How do you champion your team?

I always give credit where credit is due.  Also, my wins and my teammate’s wins are the team’s wins.

How do you build trust with your team? 

I encourage Read more…

Do Your Actions Today Match Your Goals For Tomorrow?

Posted on

It’s often not obvious – but we are always ‘preparing’ for something. It’s easy to look back on life and see how the choices you made prepared you for where you are today.

But it takes a unique person to be able to Read more…

You’re Successful, Now What?

Posted on

 

You’re at a great point in your career and you’ve done some cool stuff. That’s an awesome feeling. But you may have another, nagging little feeling, too: What’s next? What do I do now?
Read more…

Why You Need Feedback Even When You Think You Know Yourself

Posted on

Feedback can make us squirm, especially if you’re a perfectionist.

That’s true even though a lot of times Read more…

What Matters Most to You in Your Work and Life?

Posted on

This past month we’ve been focused on getting clear about…

who you are,

what you care about,

what success looks like for you,

and how to stay connected to those priorities and values

…in a way that helps you Work Life Better.
Read more…

How to Stay on the Offensive in Your Career and Life

Posted on

Are you living your story or someone else’s?
Read more…

Nobody’s Balanced (and that’s OK)

Posted on

Let’s say something we all know deep down: There’s no such thing as work-life balance.
Read more…

The No. 1 Leadership Skill? Know Thyself

Posted on

I have seen over and over how creative executives excel when they understand themselves deeply. Self-knowledge helps you navigate from a place of strength. It informs how you know others.

Knowing yourself means knowing your strengths, values and emotions. Picture the body: Strengths are the head, values are the spine, emotions are the heart. We succeed when we make deliberate decisions guided by these areas.
Read more…

The Lifeline of Creative Executives

Posted on

My friend Ro Rao recently posted a holiday note linking to his latest art project. As an artist, animator, filmmaker, author, and agency creative, Ro is always up for breaking new ground. This time he was dabbling with trash paintings and publically challenged himself to post one per day for 100 days. Lucky for us and Instagram and Facebok, his commitment and follow-through yielded almost twice that amount, and helped inspire this newsletter.


Read more…

The Art of Leadership

Posted on

A personal note from Founder, Jen Spencer

ce-logoCreative leadership has become quite a hot topic these days, and I’ve been fortunate to build my business helping creative executives achieve more. Now I’m taking things to the next level with my new offering for creative leaders interested in making real, measurable changes in their life’s work.

Read more…

I want more.

Your dose of inspiration + insights + tools to Work Life Better.



RECENTLY POSTED

LATEST TWEET

Such fun hosting + discussing the how, why, what of professional relationships w/ CreateMeetBiz on Tues! Thx for t… https://t.co/PlkEiyjSUR
close