“Fortune favors the bold.”
I’m not sure when I first heard that, but it was either during a war movie or a BBQ potato chip commercial. You grow up dreaming of making bold decisions, but very rarely are you offered opportunities to make them. And even when you get a chance to make one, fear sometimes rears its ugly head, forcing you to run away like a child dipping his or her toe in the ocean. Read More
At the very moment that I decided to write about writer’s block, an intense and unconquerable wave of procrastination hit me. Suddenly, paying my electric bill online sounded more appealing than trying to form complete thoughts. I then remembered a quote I love from writer Charles Bukowski. “Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” So, I sucked it up, and remembered my go-to, 9 of 10 doctor recommended, fast acting, extra-strength tactics for curing a wicked case of writer’s block. Read More
Your job title doesn’t place you on the Account Service side at the agency, but you find yourself staring at your first meeting invite for a client call. I can sympathize with the initial gut reaction of panic. If you’re anything like me, your comfort zone lies at your desk digging into campaign analytics, not on the phone with clients. These steps will help you rip off the band-aid, so to say, of your first client call.
strADegy liked cats before cats were cool. Does that make us unique? Probably not… but has your company embraced cats into their culture, calling employees strADcats and recognizing their achievements with Kitty Awards? I’m guessing the answer is no. That’s what makes strADegy unique – our culture. This day in age, company culture plays a crucial role in the success and happiness of the workforce. Gone are the days of employees choosing their next company based on just the benefits and the pay. Today’s workers expect an imaginative company culture that allows them to form connections with other employees and to their workplace as a whole. So how do you create culture? Read on for tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way while helping build the uncommon and quirky culture at strADegy:
You know the feeling. It’s the first day back in the office after vacation. You’re rested, relaxed and everything seems possible. Surely the work isn’t as hard as you thought. By noon, the euphoria is gone. Shoulders are tense, heart rate increases and you are officially back in the grind. It feels as if you never left the office.
The bliss of those first few hours is from a combination of optimism and distance from the worries. A refreshed perspective breeds enthusiasm and makes you hyper productive . . . until your bad habits kick in.
I’ve always been eager to dig into the job and understood success is more likely as a result of hard work. I believed that the more productive I am, the more positive I would feel and that optimism would yield the perspective needed to manage the work.
Wrong! Starting with productivity is thinking backwards. Yes, what you accomplish influences what you feel, but not in a constant proportion. When perspective is the first priority, it yields a positive attitude and increases productivity. Garner that perspective by starting each day with 10 minutes to reflect on recent accomplishments and then prioritize future opportunities and what work needs to be done. Don’t fill those precious 10 minutes with work, but with thinking and reflection. Making this a habit will allow you to apply that vacation high to each day.