Bigger is Not Better in Advertising

Does massive “scale” help clients in an idea and people-based industry or does it just make these two CEOs even more wealthy? Many observers would say the benefit is only to the agencies.  In this article from The Guardian, the author outlines the negative impact on competition and creativity resulting from the Publicis/Omnicom merger.

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How to Find and Do Work You Love

A great perspective on work from a career management expert. 80% of people don’t enjoy what they do. How do you become one of the 20%? Know yourself, try the impossible, surround yourself with inspiring people.

Remember… “Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving sex for old age.” – Warren Buffet.


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10 Decisions That Saved Great Movies

In movie making (and marketing), sometimes the best decisions are the things you decide not to do.  This is an interesting video showing some close calls that might have ruined some classic movies.

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Positivity Can Make You A Problem Solver

Informative article based on findings from University of North Carolina Professor Barbara Fredrickson. Negative emotions undermine the brain’s capacity to think broadly and find creative solutions. The vise grip of fear and stress and the emotions they generate limit thought to a narrow field that obscures options. In a work environment, negativity causes teams to lose flexibility and the ability to be curious. Positive emotions expand awareness and attention.


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Excellent Quote on Taking Action

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.” -Samuel Johnson


Many companies and executives suffer from fear of failure.  In their focus on making sure every initiative is foolproof before launch, they are constantly beaten in market by competition that takes intelligent risks.

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Dealing with people issues at work, here is a great quote

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway.
What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight: Create anyway. If you
find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you
do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it may
never be enough: Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and
God: it was never between you and them anyway.” 
- Mother Teresa

The tone and attitude in business today can be tough to deal with, but the right
perspective makes all the difference. While it is hard not to focus on impressing and
pleasing others, that’s a big key to a happy work life.

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