Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and left your traditional 9 to 5 for a new job at a startup. After countless nerve-wracking interviews, you’ve signed on the dotted line and met up with the rest of your new team. Their drive and passion is contagious. You’re bubbling with newfound energy and looking forward to making a dent in the universe — nothing’s going to stop you, and it’s going to be great. Despite the promises of an exciting, fulfilling career ahead, throughout my career I’ve met a lot of people who have had a rough time with their first few months at a startup. In private conversations, there’s a common theme around shame of feeling unsettled and confused — especially from those who already have years and years of experience under their belt. While some of these people have manage to find their footing and get through this transition from corporate to startup, others don’t. In this article I’ll share my … [Read more...] about Guy Kawasaki on everything you need to know about working at a startup
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One of the Twin Cities’ largest creative advertising agencies only has one client. Target Creative’s offices along Nicollet Mall look like any Minneapolis ad shop with breakout spaces, production studios and the obligatory multiscreen video game display. Its North Loop warehouse where it shoots a lot of its photography and video is reportedly one of the biggest sound stages in Minnesota. But instead of working for a multitude of customers, Target Creative crafts the advertising content that makes up the Target Corp. retail empire, from the design of the boxes that its products ship in to the packaging and in-store displays of its own brands of groceries, baby essentials and children’s home goods. Many companies, like Minneapolis-based Target and Richfield-based Best Buy, have opted to grow their in-house creative advertising chops instead of relying solely on outside advertising firms for their needs, a shift that has reshaped marketing and the business models of … [Read more...] about Target, Best Buy’s in-house creative shops part of wave reshaping ad industry
The Farnell Clarke team who are able to work when and where they please Picture: PlainSpeakingAgency PlainSpeakingAgency Six-hour working days and unlimited annual leave might sound too good to be true but one Norwich firm is set to roll out the benefits to staff. Farnell Clarke has announced its team members will be given total flexibility over when and where they work their days alongside unlimited leave – one of the first accountancy firms in the UK to offer the benefit. The firm was founded by Will Farnell in 2007 and now employs 38 staff.MORE: Do you want to own a whole Norwich street?With millennials making up half of its workforce, Mr Farnell has committed to being a digital-first accountancy business as well as adopting a forward-thinking approach to its workforce. Managing director James Kay said: “We are more interested in the output of our teams, rather than the amount of time they spend sitting at a desk. “Of course, our staff will be expected to … [Read more...] about Meet the millenials who work six-hour days and enjoy unlimited holiday
To-do lists are the bread and butter of productivity gripes. Although it seems like it should be a simple process, there are many different hacks, systems, and methods that people swear by. Some people categorize their items, while others cap it at six items a day. Then there are also those who choose to forgo it altogether. Fast Company contributor Judith Humphrey, for example, doesn’t use a to-do list because she believes that it dampens her creativity and makes her less excited about accomplishing tasks. Designer Ryder Carroll spent many hours experimenting with these methods, before finally creating his own methods that many would soon adopt–the bullet journal. In this episode of Secrets of The Most Productive People, Carroll shares his to-do list journey, and dispels the misconceptions that people might have about how it works. As he wrote in The Bullet Journal Method: Track The Past, Order The Present, Design The Future, “The only … [Read more...] about How do you make a to-do list that works?
If you’re a creative person living in the world today, people will expect to be able to find some examples of your work online. How you choose to put it there, though, is completely up to you. I got started on the web in the early aughts when I created a gallery for my creative work. I call it a gallery because it was just that: a blank space with images in a row that linked to some projects I wanted to share with friends. Since then my site has evolved, disappeared, come back, and spawned other sites that express my ideas and identity online. Each evolution was a chance to share new work in a way that reflected how I wanted people to experience it. I work on the web everyday. I help designers, artists, and galleries discover and create their online presence. And for seven years, I designed and led teams at Etsy, a platform that helps millions of creative humans around the world use the web to make an income from their craft. In all of my work, I’ve learned that every … [Read more...] about How to make a website for your creative work