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New Tool Benchmarks In-house Team Performance. Check Out the Surprising Results!

New Tool Benchmarks In-house Team Performance. Check Out the Surprising Results! By Jackie Shaffer Cella Consulting and Relationship Audits and Management (RAM) recently published the PartnerPulse™ Aggregate Results Report, in which we compared and contrasted the results of in-house groups with the results of external agencies.   More specifically, PartnerPulse is a tool for...

If You Can Swing It, Hire an Intern This Summer

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group   Breaking into the design industry can be challenging – particularly for recent graduates with no relevant work experience. And landing an internship doesn’t appear to be much easier: Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said...

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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...

One BIG Lesson Learned

One BIG Lesson Learned By: Ed Roberts If you are a member of a small in-house team and find your circle of local “go tos” for professional advice exist only within the confines of your company, are steadily dwindling, or even worse—nonexistent. It’s probably time you hit the road (figuratively and literally) and look...

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Setting Goals for 2013

Setting Goals for 2013 By Jackie Schaffer Whether setting personal or professional goals for the New Year, it’s important to include a mix of stretch goals and more easily achievable goals. Be sure to include a few that will be “hit it out of the park” goals (of course, you will need to put...

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Being Happy at Work is Something to be Thankful For

By Jackie Schaffer Being happy at work is much more than being well compensated. Though, when college seniors are fortunate enough to receive more than one job offer, typically salary is the primary differentiator. And even those of us who have been in the workplace for some time are often swayed by higher compensation offers....

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The “F” Word

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to discuss the other “F” word. A word that represents a data file comprised of glyphs, characters or symbols and can bring designers to their knees and their blood to a boil—all with the mighty power to crash a computer. I’m speaking, of course, about “Fonts.”...

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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...

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Four Morale Busters

It’s no secret that companies are feeling increased pressure to do more with less these days – and this includes keeping staff inspired on a tight budget. While the economy may be improving little by little, raises and other rewards are still hard to come by at many organizations.