Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Not only time, but dollars. Each competition averages $50 per entry, and that can add up very quickly.
A design firm principal may be better off spending the money on rewarding staff in a more effective way -- a company sponsored activity (which builds camaraderie and moral) or everyone's favorite, cash.
That said, we may enter a few programs this year, and see how our work stacks up... or just go out for a fabulous dinner.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
John Maxwell has some poignant perspectives on aging:
I recommend his excellent book Today Matters. I'm not a huge fan of self-help books, but this one is worth the read for prioritizing.
I'm 40 and Counting
When you celebrate your 40th birthday, you’ve supposedly gone “over the hill.” You’re past your prime and beginning to show signs of age. When I crossed “over the hill,” I gave a lesson entitled, “I’m 40 and Counting.” In it, I recommended 10 things you should have in place before turning 40.
- Know Yourself
- Settle Your Family Life
- Determine Your Priorities
- Develop Your Philosophy
- Get Physically Fit
- Learn Your Trade
- Pay the Price
- Develop Strong Relationships
- Prepare for the Future
- Find God’s Will
The 40's aren't so bad... Trust me!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Although this is not a definitive guide, here's the process we used that proved very through and successful.
- Start with 30-minute interview and portfolio review
- If I see potential, invite back for longer interview
- Second interview is more in-depth, character and behavior-oriented questions and discussion. This time my partner sat in on the interview. This gives us both a good gut instinct reaction, and I now realize the opinion of my partner is as critical (or more) than mine. A longer interview allows time for the candidate to relax, and ask us questions as well.
- Invite back qualified candidate for staff interviews.
- Check references
- Background check
- DISC behavioral profile
- Review background check and DISC against interviews. If gut instinct (likability factor, interviews and checks) don't raise any flags, make offer.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
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Saturday, January 06, 2007
The first I call the Feel Good list. It's from The Art of Business: New Year's Resolutions for Creative Professionals. Eric Adams states
...And because we are creative artists, it's not always about the here and now. Here are 10 resolutions slightly beyond the norm. In the headlong rush that is our lives today, the start of another year is a better time than most to sit down and take stock. Here are ten uncommon resolutions you might try on for size.This list of resolutions contains some thoughtful resolutions: Thank your clients, thank your co-workers, give away some creativity, enjoy your craft. The last two are to "Decide where you want to be professionally in one year," and "Create a roadmap to success." But how to do just that?
The second list is from The Win Without Pitching Newsletter. This 12-step list from creative consultant Blair Enns, are the resolutions that will change the way you think. In fact, they are mantras, not resolutions, to be chanted every morning before you fire up your email, before you make your coffee, memorized and followed without compromise.
Resolution number 12 states:
12. We will hold our heads high. We will see ourselves as professional practitioners who are hired to bring real solutions to our clients’ business problems. We will not grovel. We will not be coerced. We will understand that after all of the above anyone who insists that we devalue our product or compromise our values is not someone we would have as a client. We will seek respect above money, for only when we are respected as experts will we be paid the money we seek. This money will allow us to reinvest in ourselves, become even better at what we do and deliver to ourselves and our families the abundance we deserve.You are a real professional. You do provide real solutions to your client's problems.
Don't forget who and what you are, and resolve to become it.