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[ 0 ] June 14, 2010

Don’t Let In-House Familiarity Keep You From Really Listening

You can predict what product manager Eric will say before he opens his mouth. You’ve heard Cynthia in marketing express her branding theories maybe two million times. And if the CEO drones on about synergies and optics once more, you’ll have to strangle him with his silk tie.

[ 2 ] June 10, 2010

Recap – InSource Regional Roundtables

Thanks to the many participants from across the United States who provided some great feedback and input at the very first InSource Regional Roundtable. Participants included a wide range of individuals from independent designers and creative directors to department heads of major institutions.

[ 0 ] June 8, 2010

Career Tip: Give references a “heads up.”

Give references a “heads up.” Each time you submit a reference list to a prospective employer, let your contacts know so they are well-prepared.

[ 1 ] June 7, 2010

Clear Roles are Key to Good Client Service

Many in-house creative services and communications groups grew organically as a result of an organizational unit deciding to hire a few people to do more cheaply (and perhaps more quickly) what the company was paying external agencies to do. The overwhelming majority of such groups start small with informal roles and processes.

[ 0 ] June 5, 2010

Tips When Benchmarking Creative Departments

Speak to any executive, regardless of industry, and they’ll always be fascinated to hear how other companies run similar functions. When used correctly, benchmarking can be an extremely effective learning and validation tool for leaders who are trying to improve their corporate operation.

[ 0 ] June 3, 2010

Getting Creative Juices Flowing When You’ve Got No Juice

March has certainly come in like a lion for me. I live in the northeast, specifically northern New Jersey. And this month we’ve seen our fair share of Mother Nature’s wrath. The first weekend of the month, we lost power for two days due to heavy snowfall. The second weekend of the month, we lost power for four days due to the “storm with no name,” or the “daylight savings time storm,” a.k.a. low-level hurricane. Whatever you want to call it; it was pretty devastating.

[ 0 ] May 27, 2010

Setting Boundaries

Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group, responds to career-related questions from InSource members. This month, she addresses the issue of managing a heavy workload.

[ 0 ] May 25, 2010

Career Tip: Pinpoint when you’re most productive

Pinpoint when you’re most productive. It’s important to know when you’re able to get the most done so you can group your more challenging tasks for those periods.

[ 0 ] May 24, 2010

InSide InSights: Ken Warshaw, Saint-Gobain

Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with the manager of the creative services group at Saint-Gobain, and I think his story from the past few years can provide some encouragement to other in-house creative leaders who are continuing to experience the pressures of a down economy.

[ 0 ] May 21, 2010

InSource VP Interviewed on IN-HOWse blog

InSource Vice President Andy Brenits was recently interviewed on the HOW IN-HOWse designer blog. To listen to the interviews, click the links below:

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