Here's a humble look into the world of working culture in the creative world... It's not perfect, but it's human.

Views are my own and published every week - mid week-ish, with far too many commas and of course some language... just because.

On another note... I'm taking a few weeks off here as June is the mother of all that is busy. I'll be back, up and running in no time.

Taking The Long Way

It’s never sat right with me. The whole “Do it! Do it my way. And do it-now-or-else!” thing. I’m pretty sure no one is happy at being yelled at. Or worse, treated as if they don’t have value. Universally it’s a cheap way to get “one” thing done really really fast - it’s a shortcut….

The first time’s a charm.

The problem comes in when you ask that same person to do it again. Maybe the first time around they had assumed the sky was falling. But the second time? Nope. They no longer want to be working with you (never mind want to make you look good).

Everyone will give anyone the benefit of the doubt the first time. The second, third or fourth? At that point, they will give you exactly what you ask - and no more.

And why should they?

Working relationships matter. No one wants to work for a dictator. And even less for a bully. Great employees want to help, they want to make a difference.

If you’ve got the right people in the right roles, then you’ve got people willing to go above and beyond for the greater good - if they know why.

I get it. There’s a lot of pressure to get stuff done - and fast. That said, I think it’s actually more efficient (faster) to invest in people, be aware of emotion and to use tact.

But taking a shortcut by acting like a bully? That’s the fastest way to lose your best people.