Avoid Employee Turnover: How to Tell if You’re Losing a Top Performer
Employees who feel underappreciated, underpaid or unchallenged are big flight risks. Absenteeism, social withdrawal, a decline in work habits and a negative attitude are warning signs an employee is considering leaving. Reviewing compensation, perks and benefits is a key step to retaining the employee. Every manager wants to avoid employee turnover — particularly when it […]More
In this together
Part of being a member of a successful team has to do with getting to know your teammates. Think about each person’s strengths, weaknesses, and pain points. Think about YOUR strengths, weakness, and pain points. What are you really good at? Where could you use help? What do you dislike doing? What about your teammates? […]More
How many podcasts and trainings have you listened and sat through that focused on active listening? In a work environment, listening is essential whether it’s your boss telling you what you need to do or your client telling you what they want. The best thing you can do is to make sure that in the […]More
Become a design superhero
I work in User Experience design, and recently there’s a design trend that’s running through our company like a wildfire: accessibility. I thought I knew about it/what it was but as it turned out, I only knew the tip of the iceberg. I had no idea how many people are impacted by it or how […]More
Your Future Starts Now
“There ain’t no future in the past.” That line from a Vince Gill song has it right — especially when it comes to fresh ideas. Creativity lives in today and aims for the future. Even the guy who wrote The Beatles’ “Yesterday” — arguably the world’s most famous song about embracing the past — eventually […]More
What’s Next For In-House Leaders? Part two: Influence without management.
In my last piece I discussed the traditional path of a creative career that we learn in school of first being an apprentice to a master to learn your craft, mastering your skills on your own, and finally becoming a master in your own right which often includes taking on apprentices of your own (typically […]More
What’s Next For In-House Leaders? Part 1: Post-Mastery
As is my tradition before an InSource event, I like to take the featured speakers out to dinner the evening before as a way of thanking them for their time and insights. I try to find a higher-end restaurant where we can enjoy a great meal (not just a good one) and an ambiance that […]More
3 Career Paths (Part 2): Agency, Freelance or In-House?
As I mentioned last month, it’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 25 years. Few people in my network of friends and colleagues have stuck with the same career for so long. Many of those I attended SVA with gave up on design a long time ago for something else completely. As I […]More