Tag: Strategy

  • Strategy Off A Page

    A while ago we’ve been working on one of those briefs that are mainly exciting because they’re so open. So the strategy team went to work. We took apart the brief, scrutinised it, and reassembled it. All with the good intention of bringing some clarity to the task. Needless to say that a fair amount […]

  • Nine things to do to grow as a strategist

    One theme, nine things There are few topics that are as relevant for ambitious strategists as personal growth. It’s a topic that never gets old. Unsurprisingly, in a discipline that is only vaguely defined, there are hardly any frameworks for personal growth that are widely available. Every agency handles growth differently – and, to make […]

  • Getting to Great Creative Work and how the Brief can help

    Do something great

    This is the second article of a mini series exploring how we can overcome the barriers that get in the way of great creative work. In the last article, I explored the elements that make creative work great from the perspective of the people who make it (account managers, writers, designers, strategists, and all other […]

  • The Barriers of Getting to Great Creative Work

    If you’re reading this, chances are that you are one of those people who spend hours, days, weeks, weekends, holidays, anniversaries, and your partner’s birthday in pursuit of great creative work. And even though we might know it when we see it, it’s interesting to see that great creative work is different for all of […]

  • Unfollow. Why following each other won’t get us nowhere new

    Swarm by Simon Bleasdale

    Over the past weeks I tried to get back a bit more into my old “reading interesting stuff the industry is talking about” routine. Staying up to date on strategy, planning challenges, the industry and their thought leaders is, after all, part of what enables a strategist do to their job. Or at least that’s […]

  • Why Innovation Really Eats Strategy For Breakfast.

    It happens not very often, but every now and then I stumble upon an article that is pretty much complete bullshit. Usually, you discover at least something valuable in an article. Not this time. In his piece “Why innovation eats strategy for breakfast”, Josh Linkner argues that…well, that innovation beats strategy, because innovation changes the […]

  • The Top 6 Things You Shouldn’t Waste Time On In 2014

    We all like compiling lists (just take a look into your Twitter feed, there should be a few of them zipping around at that very moment), so I figured I’d compose one of my own. Today, on the eve of an exciting new year, I present to you: the top 6 things you shouldn’t waste time […]

  • Survey: If Your Child Wanted To Become A Planner…

    I became a planner without wanting to become one. Almost accidentally. That’s nice because this way I never really had to deal with the challenge of “becoming a planner”. But what if there are people out there who deliberately want to become planners or strategists and don’t know where to start? That’s why I decided […]

  • Brand and User Experience: The Rule of One

    I’ve been attending an inspiring event held at fork unstable media in Hamburg recently. Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) and Josh Clark (@globalmoxie) have been talking about content strategy and mobile development. The following paragraphs are a wrap-up of what they said, what I think they said, and what I took away from those two hours. I […]