Tag Archives: teamwork

You are not alone…common “battles” of the in-house creative team

You are not alone…common “battles” of the in-house creative team By: Jackie Schaffer There are some challenges in-house creative teams face that don’t have easy solutions—and some are more challenging and pervasive than others. This posting doesn’t provide too many solutions, rather hopefully a little comfort that your creative team is experiencing similar challenges...

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...

HOWseGuest: Plays Well With Others

The Ad Agency: Your Best Frenemy by Shannon Stull . . There is a crazy myth in the advertising world that somehow ad agencies are the most creative resources a company can hire. Having worked in both agencies and in-house, I can say that this is not always the case. .   .. I...

TCG 411: Work Hard But Work Smart

Are You an On-the-Job ‘Self-Saboteur’? By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group Business conditions may be improving, but a lot of in-house creative teams are still stretched thin. Many have taken on more responsibility, struggle to secure the resources and support they need, and continue to work long hours. If you are...

INside Track: Dangerous Intersections

. I’m guessing that, like the town where I live, you have a patch of road or an intersection that everyone acknowledges is a disaster waiting to happen. All to often, in spite of this common knowledge, the local authorities do nothing to address the problem. Unfortunately, what happens is that anticipated disaster does...

In-house Issues: Under The Radar

. There’s no doubt that self-promotion is a critical tactic for in-house teams to enhance their stature within their organizations and attract more strategic assignments. There are times, though, where it’s in a creative group’s best interest to maintain a low profile. . . Companies have a built-in autoimmune system that goes into attack...

In-house Incites: Contract Worker World

In a recent opinion piece, noted columnist and author, Thomas Friedman discusses the freelance phenomenon. Not being in the design industry, we should all forgive Tom his naiveté when he considers freelancing as a relatively new trend. Many of us freelanced at some point in our careers well before the new millennium ushered in...

The Cohen-Miller Report: Dream Team Scheme Quattro

Characteristics of the Ideal Creative Team – Part IV by Emily Cohen Today’s post is the last in my four part series featuring the six core character types that are particularly important when right and left-brain personalities work together. Prior posts explored four of these types: the cheerleader, the industry activist, the tech guru...

A Personal Team Shout Out: The DG Crew Rocks

After almost 2 years of editing and writing for the InHOWse blog, I believe I’m entitled to at least one personal post. It’s a shout out to my former team at Designer Greetings. I’ve had the privilege of building and/or working with many in-house groups over the years, all of which have been the...