Welcome to June!
This past month we’ve focused on managing your people. Whether you are a solopreneur working with contract teams or an executive managing a large team of people internally, these principles apply although the context might shift. Read more…
You can’t do business as usual with Millennials.
Your Gen Y employees will zone out when you start talking about “paying dues.” And Millennial customers won’t flock to you just because you have a Twitter account.
Let’s expand the definition of “entrepreneur.”
Here’s what the dictionary says: “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”
But you don’t have to own a business to embody entrepreneurship. It helps Read more…
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. Figuring out why you micromanage holds the key to letting go.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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 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?
Feedback can make us squirm, especially if you’re a perfectionist.
That’s true even though a lot of times Read more…
This past month we’ve been focused on getting clear about…
what success looks like for you,
Are you living your story or someone else’s?
Let’s say something we all know deep down: There’s no such thing as work-life balance.
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.
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.
A personal note from Founder, Jen Spencer
Creative 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.