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When one of your direct reports messes up in a way that may end up costing the client and/or agency money, how do you handle it? I don't want them to feel like shit but I do need to say something… more

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A startup with no CMO wants to hire me to “handle all their marketing.” Can anyone recommend a book on how to be a CMO? I know branding and creative, and have a solid knowledge of creative strat, but … more

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Should CDs always work with a partner? I never had a partner at CD level but was running a team of juniors - but my current agency’s leadership (and CDs I manage) have the expectation of partner teams… more

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Although they pay $100k under market rate for a CD in NY, at least they're upfront about this being a total waste of your time.

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I have a friend that has been on medical leave for 3 years. Now he is able to go back to work. How can I help him get back in it? He is an art director. What should he put on his resume for those thre… more

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How does brand strategy work at your agency? Do you have account planners? Do you find them valuable? What do they bring you? At my agency some believe that the only strategists who belong on staff a… more

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real question: is winning one bronze lion on a real client, for a real brief, with real testing, 8 months of research on that idea , to solve real strategic objectives, equal to winning a grand prix … more

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I've been art directing in print/digital magazines, collateral, marketing, social media, and short animation social. I'm trained in web design but have no real-world experience outside of my c… more

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What are your go-to resources for finding freelance creatives? We’re specifically looking for conceptual Art Directors and Copywriters - but open to other creatives as well. Thanks!

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I've joined an agency and have someone in my team who's been there ten years and in my view is an average to below average performer who's now overpaid for their value. In Australia, it co… more

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Anyone else reluctant to put a shout-out looking for new creative hires on LinkedIn as it will invariably lead to old colleagues asking to be considered and you don’t want to let them down? 😬

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Considering changing our entry level writer and art director or designers to something less cutting than “junior” or corpy as “associate.” Fine to entertain the expected snark, but genuinely looking f… more

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Yo. Fellow ECD/CDs chill. Every ECD/CD job I interview for there’s like a hundred others interviewing for the same position. Let a brother have a chance…getting real tired of cup ramen. 😭

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I’m burnt out, exhausted and depressed. Will walking away and taking significant time off (like 6-9 months) help?

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I’m reviewing a copywriter’s book. 7 projects in, all live action videos, I’ve yet to hear a word of dialogue. The one thing I’ve been able to determine is that they work with some solid ADs.

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At what point in your career would you make the switch to pharma?

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I’m being terminated at the end of August because I’m gay… I was told my “lifestyle no longer fits within the culture of the organization”. I was told I’m being given a severance check and should fee… more

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How much of a pay increase do you suggest asking for and have had success with? 10k, 15k, 20k? Trying to gauge if I’m thinking too big or too small. Internal raise, not going to another company.

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If you’re an LA-based Director in the entertainment / music industry... may I ask your salary? Planning to ask for a raise and don’t want to undercut myself.

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Anyone have a good example of a funny B2B ad? Do you have any faves in the category?

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Seeking advice- A Sr. AD has been nothing but trouble on our team, and was on verge of getting let go. They’ve accepted another job this week at a top agency. Looking at their portfolio, I noticed … more

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Anyone else intentionally not chasing a super high salary, for career longevity?

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Anybody got advice on finding ACD/CD (writer) gigs in-house? Preferably in tech. But open to other opportunities that pay decent. I'm burnt out by the agency grind. Getting older. Need more balanc… more

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A few months into a new job. Loving this big challenge, but I’m stressed out of my mind and overworked. Any tips on setting boundaries for a job that I love but that could very well lead to burnout if… more

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What are your best practices for managing direct reports? Can you share your wisdom, mistakes, wins, general do’s and don’ts?

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Would you let an a problematic under-performer throw in on a TV assignment even though they’ve been consistently demotivated and had a shitty attitude, OR would you not let them work on it because the… more

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May I ask what’s everyone’s salary? 7 to 10 years experience or over? I just want to make sure I’m not under negotiating my salary.

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I’m a CD with a copy background and I’m looking to sharpen my art and design knowledge. Any suggestions for books, courses or any other resources that could be helpful? Thanks.

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Anyone bored & looking for an easy procrastination activity that you can’t feel guilty about bc it’s for the good of creativity science & mental health research?! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏽🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️ He… more

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Have you ever had a peer/friend become your direct report? How did you handle it?

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I’ve been a CD for a few years now. And I’m starting to worry about getting stuck here. How do you move up to GCD or ECD levels? Is it usually an internal promotion or external opportunity?

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So I was asked to do a take home test in order to move on to a 2nd interview. I took a look at the test and it’s a lot. They give you up to 4 days to do it. I don’t know if I’m overthinking it, but… more

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How would you deal with client situation in which both creative and account peeps are burned out, process is not followed anymore, everyone is way beyond their scoped hours and the client is hated wit… more

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Is it just me or does just about every strategist these days mail it in with some variation of this, generally with a refined British accent: TARGET- busy moms who want to get the most out of life. IN… more

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Remember way back when project management software was for project managers?

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Best Chicago-based companies for B2B website development. I have a wireframe. I want someone make it better and then make it happen. Go.

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After my boss today told me he didnt like to hear me complaining about clients, I've decided to just hold it all in and smile from now on. Got any bets on how long I'll last before I explode i… more

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