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A few years back I spoke at the Parenting Publishers of America Conference in Nashville and had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Hoare, the creative muscle behind New Jersey Family magazine. I was really intrigued with her story. Like most in-house creatives, Stephanie wears many hats. She provides a boatload of services too—including design for three magazines, advertising, corporate branding, marketing, web creative, production, press communication and printer bids—and works directly with the sales team, publishers and editorial departments. But what makes her truly unique is that she is the only on-staff creative at her company — a department of one! I had the opportunity to interview Stephanie to gain a better understanding of just how she does it.
Well, here’s the thing, you do. Unlike a design agency, you can’t choose your clients and you can’t fire them either. Let’s face it. You’re stuck with them. They came with the place and aren’t going anywhere. And because your stakeholders are only an elevator ride or maybe a cubicle away, there are a variety of challenges that will impact you and your team, especially the demand for faster turnaround.
Frans Johannson, the author of The Medici Effect, continues his exploration of human intersections in his new book, The Click Moment. According to Johansson, success is random—far more random than we would like to believe and strategy, planning, and careful analysis can no longer guarantee strong performance. When you dig deep into the actions of successful people and organizations, you’ll find one common theme. A turning point occurs, and they take advantage of that serendipity to change their fate. There are a number of specific actions that we, as individuals and organizations, can take to capture this randomness and focus it in our favor.
“Paradoxically, it is true that your brain will develop habit patterns and decide what’s good and bad in the art that you’re making. And as your brain is making those decisions you will not find the letter “o” in the alphabet; you may end up sticking around “b” and never get past it because you did not want something peculiar to happen.”
Back in 2009, when American automakers were in the midst of controversial government bailouts, Harvard Business Review’s bloggers Karen Berman and Joe Knight posted a poignant reader question that I always loved: “I have a very specific question for both …
Dear In-House Diva,
I work at a small university where I’m the only designer supporting the corporate communications department. I’ve been here for almost 5 years and really like my job but it’s been almost impossible for me to take a personal day — whether I’m sick or not — let alone a vacation, and I’m starting to get burned-out! I’ve spoken with my manager a few times about this and he understands the situation but doesn’t seem to ever do much about it. Do you have any suggestions?
Burned-out in Buffalo,
A few years ago I had the privilege of seeing Ralph Nader speak at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics there is no denying his passionate commitment to civic responsibility and community service.