This week, Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I are deep in the weeds with projects, so we will be back next week with a new espisode. However, we're not going to leave you empty-handed today. Instead, since we're all neck-deep in collaborative internal and client projects, we're going to share with you our 3 favorite episodes that have to do with the best practices around those very topics. Collaboration. Feedback. Project management. The very core of what we all do every day.
Last week, while I was in the office, I remember saying to someone as a joke, "Our jobs would be perfect if it weren’t for clients, am I right?"
While I was out last week on vacation, Marcella and Jessie-Lee brought in a special, in-house guest -- IMPACT designer Joe Rinaldi -- to talk about a designer-specific challenge. But first, a little background.
Week after week, Marcella, Jessie-Lee, and I talk about topics that help us work smarter and create better. This, however, is not one of those weeks.
Back in early December, Jessie-Lee cruelly abandoned Marcella and myself, and we were left to our own devices to record our 51st episode -- Are Undermining Words a Crime?
I know we’ve talked about the art of giving and receiving feedback on Creator's Block. But this week, we wanted to address something specific we’ve touched upon in previous episodes -- how to handle negative feedback from clients that we don't agree with. Since it's a significant feedback challenge on its own right, we would always say, “Hey, let's talk about this on a different episode.” Well, today is that day. This is that "different episode."
Here's the thing about being a marketing creative -- whether you're a designer, developer, or content creator. There is this constant pressure to perform. To be creative. To stay creative. To be able to spontaneously produce compelling, engaging, inspiring products for clients out of thin air and on-demand. It's great that our work has given us a reputation of being creative wizards, but sometimes the idea of having to live up to those expectations can be stressful.
This time of year is always full of reflection. And looking back, 2017 has been an... interesting year for Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and myself. It's been full of amazing client work and big wins, as well as broken expectations and massive life changes. In short, a lot has happened. But when we scoped out our annual New Year's episode, I wanted us to move beyond the usual, “Okay, this is what I want to do next year,” or “I know I need to work out or become a morning person, blah blah blah.” Those are the empty, cyclical conversations we all engage in, year after year. Then we commit to the same hollow resolutions -- eat less, do more, etc. -- with the built-in expectation that these new habits would be effectively shelved by March.