leadership

Why Leadership should be a Core Discipline of Every Creative Firm - Part 1

Why Leadership should be a Core Discipline of Every Creative Firm - Part 1

Have you ever experienced a time when your team felt cohesive and strong and you were producing incredible work? Have you ever experienced a time when you felt like your ideas weren’t being considered, there was conflict, and your creative output suffered?

Whether you work in a global agency or a small independent studio, whether you write code, pitch new business, design, develop strategy, or manage projects - you are constantly negotiating your time, your attention, and your ideas - all with the purpose of delivering value to your client.

What we can learn about leadership & business from a 20th century architect and a 21st century financial collapse.

What we can learn about leadership & business from a 20th century architect and a 21st century financial collapse.

On September 1, 2008, fourteen days before the financial collapse, I stood on the 3rd story roof of the business I had just launched and looked out at the horizon with a deep understanding of why I was going into "business."

I quote the word business because being "in business" was not my intent. In other words, I did not start a business solely to be in business, but rather to help build a better community. I knew that myself and my team were the right people to do it. We had a vision and the resolve to reach for it.  

How I came to work in leadership development and why I love what I do

People often ask me how I got into this work, here's how (and why I love it).

I've worked on many different kinds of projects throughout my career. Real estate, start-up business ventures, economic development initiatives, rural community building, collaborative story-telling... meaningful projects that I believed to be viable, and knew that if successful, would help to make the world a better place

Though so much time, energy and money was invested in these projects, many broke down, fell apart, or failed to launch.