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Workflow management quick wins: Create a kick-ass brief in 5 steps

The word ‘brief’ is probably one of the greatest misnomers in the agency world, after ‘deadline’ and ‘on budget’. A brief – a good one, anyway – takes time and consideration, and a clear understanding of the client’s objectives. In … Read More

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How to slash time spent in meetings

American economist and social theorist, Thomas Sowell, once said, “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” He, like the rest of us, had obviously wasted countless hours on ‘brainstorming’, ‘thinking out of the box’ and ‘considering the low-hanging fruit’ while … Read More

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Best short courses for creatives in South Africa

A huge part of gaining the competitive edge is having a skilled workforce. And not just skilled: continually upskilled. Staying on top of new developments in your industry isn’t enough – your staff actually needs to master these if you’re wanting … Read More

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5 Ways to rock your project management role [video]

Being a project manager is a tough gig. If you do it well, people will ask why they even needed a project manager in the first place. And if the project goes badly… well, you don’t need me to tell you … Read More

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The 2-minute trick that’ll change your work life

If you think two minutes isn’t very long, watch it tick down on your microwave when you’re waiting to attack that leftover lasagna. During those two minutes, you could have resolved an email query or knocked out a CE. You could’ve popped over … Read More

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Does your team want to break up with you?

There’s a lot of talk around employee engagement and how it’s key to retaining staff and building a strong, committed and happy workforce (it is). That sounds all well and good, but in practice, staff retention is not an easy … Read More

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The world’s coolest office spaces (and how to copy them)

Next time you make yourself a Nespresso in your company’s designer steampunk kitchen, look around. Do you see retro vintage light bulbs in place of fluorescent lights? Sofas made of hessian sacks? If you’re in the creative space, chances are … Read More

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4 hacks for managing your workload that actually work

Saying that agency life is fast-paced is like saying that free holidays are ‘okay’ or people are ‘kinda into craft beer right now’: a big, fat understatement. Stress levels are skyscraper high, jobs are constantly added to your workload, and deadlines … Read More

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I know I should be networking, but I don’t know where to start. Help!

Networking is one of those things you know you should be doing more of but always seem to put off. Maybe it’s because you don’t have the time or maybe you’re just not all that enthusiastic about it – for … Read More

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7 secrets to boosting your staff’s motivation levels

If you get the feeling your employees are dragging their feet or clock-watching – counting the minutes ‘til they can escape the shackles of their Excel spreadsheets – you’re probably not imagining it. An unmotivated team is easy to spot … Read More

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