Many agency owners are starting 2022 with a resolution to be more proactive and strategic and wanting to make big plans.
After two years of crisis make this the time to mindfully navigate a route back into more normal, healthier ways of leading and running your agency.
2021 has probably been the most intense year we've all experienced. That makes it even more important to rest over this holiday period. Hopefully you can also take some time to reflect and re-energise.
Your board should be spotting issues like low prices and margin squeeze and challenging them.
With risks of a new wave of the pandemic in the news, it's worth a reminder that entrepreneurial leaders — such as agency owners — need to master the art of having two brains running in parallel.
Agencies have key points of transformation in their lifecycle. When they reach these points they have to make big changes or they'll hit problems and fall back.
What would your agency be like if you mindfully designed it so that you'd still love owning it in ten years?
These times after a crisis, when the world is being remade, are when clients need agencies most.
Let's be more mindful of what we want to gain from the business as owners, and what we will therefore consciously put into it as owners.
Where an agency owner is frustrated or frazzled, it's often that they're not 'stepping up' into the new level of their role — still trying to just be one of the team, or one of the leadership team.
It's the hardest word for any entrepreneur to get used to saying, but it'll shape what your agency is known for.
Founding a creative agency is a bit like creating a sculpture. There are two phases: (1) mining a big lump of granite, and (2) chiseling a work of art from it. While artists get to show up just for the second stage, entrepreneurs have to do both.
What it takes to get your agency's culture back to full health after the lockdowns.
Agency leaders have to wear too many hats. The key is to be aware of this, and reduce context switching.
Three approaches to learning that have helped two agency leaders build long-lasting businesses.
A practical approach to spending meaningful time in being the owner/director/CEO of your business.
I regularly talk about how agency leaders wear many hats — each hat representing
a different role they have in the business as owner, director, CEO, HR, finance,
sales, team lead, and maybe even
When I'm in London, my daily walk takes me around a boating lake.
There are often people in the boats who have never rowed before. They get handed
the oars, shown where to