I read the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (not an affiliate link) many years ago when I first started teaching yoga. Written by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills, the short book lays out four simple-sounding codes of conduct for navigating the world on a personal level. The agreements are: Be impeccable with your word Don’t take anything personally Don’t make … Continue reading How the four agreements help me as a creative team manager
As I was trying to decide what topic to write about next, I poured a cup of coffee and mulled out loud to my husband. “Not sure what to write about next,” I said. “Any suggestions?” In the many years I’ve been blogging, I’m pretty sure I’ve never once asked him for help coming up with a topic. Usually it’s because I keep an ongoing … Continue reading The importance of not doing everything by yourself
If you’re an independent contributor (IC) on a creative team in tech or in a tech-adjacent field—like writing, design, or video—your direct manager also likely has a background in a creative area. Many writing managers are (or were) also writers; many design managers are (or were) product designers themselves. This isn’t always the case, of course. Some designers report to product managers, for example, and … Continue reading Is listening the most important skill a creative manager can have?
At my first “real” job out of college, someone gave me a piece of advice that’s stuck with me ever since. “If you need to go to your manager with a problem,” they said, “bring at least one idea for a solution. Even better if you can bring three solutions.” I was floored. Wasn’t solving problems my manager’s job? After grudgingly taking their advice, I … Continue reading Creative team managers: ask this one critical question to help employees solve problems