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Get Your Head Into Words - Justine Bloome

CSO Justine Bloome runs strategy at Vayner in NYC and is about to run a planner into the world. Not a strategy planner - a book planner. A journal planner. It's called The Mindful Strategist. It's part of a series called The Mindful Series. We discuss: - The importance of unstructured time - How noticing and writing help your head - Strategy as a creative discipline - Why people don't value strategy - Managing 40 people, managing strategists in general You can find Justine at...


Pass it on. Plan, teach, plan. - Germaine Fagan

Germaine Fagan recently hosted an event to honor the life of a planner, Grace McDermott, in Dublin. Grace was a planner from New York who passed away in Ireland last year after what sounds like years of passion for planning and passionate teaching of planning. We discuss: - Grace McDermott's outlook on planning and her research - Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds event (BBH) - How courageous acts make things fall in place - Teacher planners - Literary translation You can find Germaine at...


Where Are My People? - Rachel O'Donovan, Thomas Geoghegan

Dublin's Rachel O'Donovan and Thomas Geoghegan are strategists who want other strategists to talk about strategy. They recently set up a Dublin branch of London's Group Think, a community of hundreds of strategists that is trying to provide emotional and intellectual support that doesn't seem to be something agencies or industry organizations are interested in, capable at, or resourced to do. We discuss: - Dublin's pub philosophers and writers. And are planners this? - The frustration,...


Could I Get Some Agile On The Side, Please? - Neil Perkin

Neil Perkin is a digital consultant and author who helps businesses move faster. One could call him a jockey. Workshops are his gentle whip. Live from across the road of Web Summit which Neil was not in Lisbon to attend, we discuss Neil's consulting life, his writing, and his blog Only Dead Fish which has gathered a decade of the Internet's favorite strategy posts in one place. Only Dead Fish is also his company's name. The name of his first book is "Building the Agile Business through...


What If Strategy Were Stand-up Comedy? - Fanny RK

Fanny RK makes jokes. She also does stand-up comedy. That's not to say her strategy at companies like Shopify and Johns St has ever made anybody laugh. But what if it did? What if a strategist used techniques that make people laugh to make strategy? We discuss: - A need for attention and immediacy - Strategy as The Thing Before The Thing - The role of uncontrollable laughter in ideas - Writing and writing jokes - Techniques strategists can use You can find Fanny RK http://twitter.com/fannyrk...


Have Passport. Will Travel, Teach, And Plan. - Edwin Rager

Edwin Rager is a Bolivian in Argentina who is about to move to Colombia. He's taught strategy at Brother and worked at Mother, Google, and MediaMonks having made Buenos Aires his strategy home for several years. We discuss: - How travel helps the strategist - Planning in Argentina - How teaching teaches a teacher - Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile You can find Edwin at http://www.twitter.com/locosombrero and http://www.edwinrager.com * Don't forget to leave a rating or review....


The Strategy and Planning Scrapbook - Alex Morris

Alex Morris has just published a strategy scrapbook that will stir the soul of even the most rusted strategist. And it will set alight the rainbow of the strategist who's simply trying to get steady footing in his or her young career. The book spans 146 pages and includes quotes, techniques, philosophy, frameworks, and absurdist art. We discuss: - How and why Alex made the book - Some of our favorite parts of the book - The importance of doing stuff for the sake of it You can find Alex and...


Run, Strategy Department, Run! - Agathe Guerrier

BBH LA Head of Strategy Agathe Guerrier has run a strategy department or two, and, right now, when it seems strategy doesn't always know where it's running, it also seems useful to speak with someone who's put a saddle on a strategy horse in her time. We discuss: - What Agathe did when she took over strategy at BBH London - The most important things new heads of strategy can do - The logistics of BBH LA's strategy department - The hardest thing about finding good planners right now You can...


The Search Of Strategy - Michael King

Rapper-turned-search specialist Michael King knows a thing or six about search - what the search engines pay attention to, missteps advertising agencies make when showing search data, and whether and how machine learning and blockchain will help marketing. We discuss: - The key concepts of search - What to look for when you think about buying a website - Rap - Rap - Rap - How strategists can use search in their non-search work You can find Michael here: http://www.twitter.com/ipullrank...


Spend Your Privilege - Sarah Moran

Girl Geek Academy Co-Founder and CEO Sarah Moran is on a mission. With her team, she's aiming to teach technology to 1,000,000 women by 2025. The greater goal is to ensure that the Internet of the future reflects more of the people who use it, rather than it reflecting one gender based in Silicon Valley. We discuss: - The career choices of technical people - Starting something and founder fears - The work of Girl Geek Academy You can find Sarah here: https://twitter.com/sarahmoran?lang=en...


How You Do Makes What You Do - Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

In 2013, I repped Big Spaceship on the stage at Cannes. I talked about the key principles of the agency and encouraged people to try 7 experiments we were trying ourselves. I cover: - Company values - How much process is enough? - Outcome vs process goals - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and agencies - Drilling your skills You can find photos of this presentation at http://www.instagram.com/markpollard ---- Internets: YouTube: bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: www.sweathead.co Twitter:...


How You Do Makes What You Do - Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

In 2013, I repped Big Spaceship on the stage at Cannes. I talked about the key principles of the agency and encouraged people to try 7 experiments we were trying ourselves. I cover: - Company values - How much process is enough? - Outcome vs process goals - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and agencies - Drilling your skills You can find photos of this presentation at http://www.instagram.com/markpollard ---- Internets: YouTube: bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: www.sweathead.co Twitter:...


How To Do Account Planning

In 2010, I wrote an article about how to do account planning. For the 25th episode of Sweathead, I thought I'd read it to you and add a little extra context (but not too much). Over 90,000 people have read this article. The accompanying drawing has appeared in all sorts of places - CVs, presentations about strategy, business plans. And while I promise to re-write it and make it, you know, decent writing at some point, that didn't stop me from wanting to read it to you. Here it is:...


Turn Your Data Wars Into Wrestles - Tony Clement

Tony Clement has worked data in agencies in Sydney, London, and New York. We've worked together in two of these places - Leo Burnett in Sydney about a decade ago and then at Brooklyn's Big Spaceship. Tony has the rare background of having worked with a lot of different types of data - CRM and direct marketing, advertising effectiveness measurement, web analytics, and social, and, in his time in New York, he worked on several Google brands, YouTube, and Samsung. The guy is legit. In this...


Work The Angles - Tony Effik

Tony Effik is SVP, Client Strategy at NBCUniversal and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. Before, he ran Media & Connections at R/GA and he was CSO of Publicis. Big titles. The thing is, talking to Tony makes me think of this Dilated Peoples lyric: "I work the angles sharp and precise." Everything he has done in life is work the angles. From Nigeria to a housing estate in London to New York. From selling ads to making them. From trying to understand what angle would work...


Planning Is For Punks - Gareth Kay

Gareth Kay co-founded Chapter after a stint as CSO of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and leading planning at Modernista! in Boston. However, he's originally from England where he achieved a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford. So his planning bonafides are well bonfided. In this 40-minute interrogation, I hit Gareth with 150 questions. OK. Maybe 30. It's fast-paced. We cover a lot of planning topics that some people might think are below them to discuss. Not us! - What is...


Respect Words, Respect Writers - Vikki Ross

Vikki Ross copywrites. That means she finds words for brands to help those brands express themselves in ways that are unique and compelling. Vikki Ross also trains, mentors, and judges. She does these things with the School of Communications Arts 2.0, SheSays, Creative Equals, Who’s Your Momma?, and D&AD. And she co-runs an event for copywriters in London called Copy Capital. Yes, she keeps busy. Mad busy. In this interview, we discuss: - What makes good copywriting - Giving feedback to...


Why You Aren't Getting Ahead - Dr Kasey Windels

Why have so few women progressed into senior roles within creative departments? Dr Kasey Windels has researched this. In 2008, she analyzed the 1984, 1994, and 2004 issues of the Communication Arts Advertising Annual, and learned that only 3% of the creative directors across those issues were women. She's also spoken to a lot of female creatives. This is an important discussion. We cover: - What the 3% number actually means - What gets in the way of women moving ahead - How Kasey approaches...


You Can't Growth Hack Your Way Out Of Being F&*ked - RG Logan

Know Vice? RG Logan works for their agency Virtue. He's worked in advertising, social, and digital agencies, but now spends his days helping brands to create content worth watching. We discuss: - What a publisher agency even does - Creating ideas of importance - "Branded content" - doing it good, doing it bad - Feeling comfortable doing something drastic Video: http://www.sweathead.co RG Logan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rglogan Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Sweathead...


Is Advertising For You Anymore? - Jocelyn Lai

Jocelyn Lai has assembled teams at Droga5, R/GA, and GSD&M. She now does this for companies all over the place through her own consultancy in Pittsburgh, JSL Talent Consulting. We discuss: - Ways to re-energize your career - Reflecting on whether advertising is for you anymore - How to move beyond your advertising career Video: http://www.sweathead.co Jocelyn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jocelynslai Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5