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Creative collaboration tips from 10 top professionals

Creative collaboration is the pathway to great work. It is the process by which designers, filmmakers, photographers, illustrators, writers and other creatives work with each other and their clients, marketing managers and others. It’s how all these stakeholders work together to take a project from concept to completion, via multiple…

Eight productivity apps your business should be using

We all want to use the hours of our working day more effectively. But who has time to try out the myriad of productivity apps that could help make you more efficient? To help narrow down your options, we’ve selected eight of the best ways to solve common workplace challenges….

Eight tips for better teamwork

Talented people working together effectively is the key to a successful project. But just because you’ve assembled the A-team doesn’t mean things are going to run smoothly. The best teamwork demands regular communication and a clear process, which doesn’t always happen naturally. These eight tips are a great way to put effective…

Five alternatives to meetings

When I co-founded my startup PunchTab, one of the first things I did was institute a meetings rule. If you added an internal meeting to anyone’s calendar, it cost $1 per minute scheduled. That’s right – at PunchTab you had to pay to hold a meeting, with the fees going…

Seven digital tools changing how ad agencies work

One of the pleasures of watching Mad Men was stepping back into a world free of digital technology. Don Draper’s desk often contained nothing more than a telephone, potted plant, notepad and, of course, a whiskey glass. The few new technologies introduced are viewed with a mixture of awe and...

Five reasons why projects fail

An amended version of this article was originally published in Entrepreneur. As a founder of multiple startups and current COO of Hightail, I’ve led many projects, from launching new websites to rebranding a multi-billion dollar global company. While I’ve had some great wins, I don’t mind admitting that there have…

Five ways to embrace your inner perfectionist

The world of tech has a popular maxim: f*ck it, ship it. It means that a new app, website or software update should be released once it’s good enough, even if it has a few bugs. This attitude powered Facebook’s “move fast, break things” ascent to becoming the world’s biggest…

Three Post-it productivity tricks

New products or services that fail to find an audience are often described as “a solution without a problem”. But this is exactly how one of the most successful inventions of all time started out. In 1968, Dr. Silver Spencer, a chemist at multinational conglomerate 3M, was attempting to create…

Nine tips for organizing your desk

We all strive to be more effective at work and one sure-fire way to boost your productivity is to simply keep your desk tidy. Whether you work from home, in a small studio or a large office, the place where you sit or stand every day is very important. If your desk…

Seven tips for escaping your creative rut

We’ve all been there. The place where a creative task seems so obstinately unsolvable that staring at your screen or a blank sheet of paper is no longer helping. When you find yourself stuck in that seemingly inescapable rut, try these seven tips for rediscovering your creative spark. 1. Go…

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