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Do creative directors have to manage people?
I don’t like managing people, especially juniors who are still figuring out their career paths. But at my company, in order to be considered a leader,… more

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Any tips or tricks for helping a creative who doesn’t feel comfortable with concepting?

Hi! New to the CD title so new here too, but hearing in another bowl the topic of creative management training/coaching has been discussed at length. Can anyone who’s actually taken a great/helpful co… more

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I always thought I would produce more as a CD, cause you have teams under you. Have been at my agency for 6 months and nothing have gotten out the door. Some projects’ budget got killed or delayed bec… more

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Story of my life. Anyone else?

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What program do you all use to make a story board for a pitch deck?

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Anyone work in a big interactive shop for a consulting firm and feel like the SalesForce practice is gobbling up all the work?

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How much time do you spend in meetings? I work at a boutique shop that has mostly industrial clients, all B2B. It’s not uncommon for me to be in a mix of client and internal meetings for 7 hours per d… more

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I have an interview with a dream role (CD), but they are disclosing that there will be a “design activity” that will be required as part of the interview process. They recommend candidates reserve 5 d… more

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I’m 15 years into my career and have won zero awards. Am i doomed? Sure feels like it.

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The guy that runs my agency is a sociopath. I can’t go into what into what they’ve done to me but it’s super backstabby.

I love my job and the team.

I can’t just quit even though… more

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About 3 weeks ago I became part of the leadership team that was told confidentially that layoffs are coming - specifically to my team. Then a week later, my manager started acting funny. Finally he to… more

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Hello! I am looking for cool music studio for commercials, any suggestions? Thanks

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I have to admit, a few of my direct reports are driving me crazy. They complain about everything, push back on everything, and threaten to leave constantly. I’m not perfect, but I am overly empathetic… more

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Favorite campaign on social in the last 5 years. Go!

Ok CDs. Here’s the dilemma.
I’m a CD at a small boutique- a very dull boring one which I’ve been trying to turn around with only moderate success. Lots of freedom but a junior team.

Th… more

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I was a "working CD" for 4 years. 18 months ago I became less working CD and more just overseeing... And I'm bored. So so bored.

Does anyone else who's made this change a… more

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What tips do you have for a new creative director?

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What are peoples thoughts on “money-making years”? Example, you have ~20 years left in your career, and unless you are able to become ECD or CCO you will eventually be aged out around 50 as a hands-on… more

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How much proactive ideas do you guys work on to “impress” the ECD? I worked on some when I first started at my agency but it’s hard to stay motivated when most if not all won’t see the light of day.

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As a creative director, what kind of support/mentorship would you like to get from an ECD? Stepping into this role for the first time this week.

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I want to spice up my portfolio as I’m looking for a new role, and was thinking of doing some concept work. Idk, how concept work would look on a CD level. What do you think?

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I was just promoted to CD. I have a standing 1-on-1 with our ECD. We have GCDs, so goal for meeting is to support my growth and help in new role. What questions should I be asking him? What are things… more

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Agreed. Now how do we cut clients out of the advertising process?

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What professional organizations or industry groups do Creative Directors join? I’m a CD and designer focused in brand strategy and identity development (logos and brand systems). I want to network wit… more

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Creative Directors that don’t design anymore, what do you show on your websites? Is it okay to show my teams work on my website (crediting them of course) even though I just oversaw the design work?

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I received feedback after a values interview that I wasn't vulnerable enough. As a result they want me to come back to have a beer with the team and chat further outside of a formal interview envi… more

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Question for people managers about a direct report being on a PIP. Which would you agree with:

1. That the manager should be bringing up violations as they happen, and stay on top of the em… more

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Are any of you CDs but don't actually manage anyone? This is what I want to do but wondering if that's even a thing.

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I have seen many, so many, CD listings as well as had tons of people reach out to me lately with CD roles all with salaries between 120-$175K. Almost non-existent as far as people contacting me with r… more

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Looking for reco's for freelance-to-f/t creative project managers. First time hiring one of those for me, so I'm not 100% sure what I should look for. I expect them to keep tabs on all creativ… more

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What are some useful or enlightening questions to ask a client directly during a pitch briefing?

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GCDs and above, how did your role change after taking the next steps from a Creative Director? I have some idea (at least based on teammates above me) but my manager is encouraging me to take the next… more

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I have a Designer who won't let go of how their previous CD did things. The rest of my team is happy with changes and it's been expressed to me that leadership wasn't happy with the old C… more

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Creative Director job application has this question:
"Are you under the age of 40?"
Age discrimination? WTF

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What’s something you wish you had been trained for or taught before becoming an ACD for the first time?

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I’m a digital CD with ad, brand, and product experience contemplating a switch to tech. The role leans more product design role as a head of design. I’m worried about not being able to come back to mo… more

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Does your agency have CDs, CGDs and ECDs? What is the point in all these levels? I started at an agency before a new GCD was hired and made a great impression on everyone and sold a ton of work. This … more

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