Tag Archives: leadership

Anne Sweeney’s 3 Characteristics of a Great Leader

After 18 years of working at Disney, Anne Sweeney has reportedly decided to “… step out of the comfort zone of the executive ranks and more directly into the creative arena …” and pursue her passion for learning the art of directing. Sweeney’s new career goal is to become a television director. “If not...

Just Show Up!

Years ago I participated in a 360-degree assessment. Peers, colleagues, management and direct reports all had the opportunity to anonymously tell me how I was doing. And based on their responses, I was doing pretty well. But there were a few comments that I didn’t expect and one in particular that stopped me in...

Tips on How to Manage Outside Agencies

Tips on How to Manage Outside Agencies By Shannon Stull Carrus I often get questions about how to manage outside agency relationships effectively. Surprisingly, the issues are often unrelated to the agency and are sometimes a result of in-house team road blocks. In other words, people are asking me: “How am I supposed to...

INspiration Wednesday: Bob Calvano Has Giant Ears

Turn the mundane into opportunities. Grow giant ears. — Bob Calvano, Director, Global Creative Studios at Merck Bob Calvano manages a huge team of multidisciplinary talent for Merck. Merck’s global vision is to make a difference in the lives of people through innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, consumer health and animal products. Bob believes...

Last Minute Projects…Accepting the Reality

By Jackie Schaffer Most in-house creative teams suffer from 80% of the same challenges—just some suffer these challenges more so than others. Some of those common challenges are: Projects that never reach completion Unreasonable rounds of revision Projects with questionable business impact Ill-defined or short career paths Not enough staff “Hurry up and wait” periods...