Global social performance agency Adglow's SA country manager, Catherine Jenkins, explains the tools and techniques needed to successfully work with the rest of their collaborative global network, and more...
This doesn’t mean surround yourself with people like you!
You want people who complement you, not compliment you.
Whether it’s those who work for you or it’s your suppliers or clients, the people who share your values are the ones who will hang around and help you make great things happen.
3. Create an environment where the magic can happen
Let everyone be creative and allow everyone to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things. Some of the greatest work is the result of an individual taking ownership and running with an idea.
I am also the voice in the office who always asks: “Why are we doing this?” If I make my team think about and understand the bigger purpose behind a campaign, then the ‘how?’ comes naturally.
4. Keep on learning
The insights and ideas I get from partner agencies like AMIN Worldwide are priceless. The same goes for continuous training and exposure, where my team and I will learn about new trends and best practice from industry talks and courses.
You might not know all the answers but if you ask the questions, you’ll be amazed at what you find out.
5. Sleep on it
I’m very guilty of reacting without first thinking things through. By taking some time and literally sleeping on it, the solution usually ends up being in a completely different direction to my initial reaction.
While I often get this wrong, trust me, it does work. I even tell clients to sleep on a creative concept or strategy before giving feedback.
I always say that anyone can prepare a plate of food, but you can taste the difference when someone cares about what they are dishing up. I drive care in the agency; care about the work my team and I do; care about the team I work with; and care about clients and their businesses.
Every time someone has stopped caring, it’s immediately noticeable and, shortly thereafter, there’ll be a resignation letter or a performance talk.
Stratitude is a full-service agency but I’ve often considered dropping some services to specialise in one or two disciplines. Then I remind myself that I started the agency because I could see a client’s frustration at working with multiple agencies and often being charged a premium to have the same work done.
8. Build relationships based on value
I cherish clients as if they are extended members of my team, and they see me and my team as extended members of their team.
We never take them for granted and always focus on helping them succeed – be it in strategies aligning with their business strategies, working with them, developing campaigns and measuring those.
9. Hire smart and then learn to let go
As an entrepreneur, you’re hardwired to do everything yourself but, because you want to be involved in every single operation, the risk is that you start losing sight of the bigger picture.
Surround yourself with a team you can rely on and then trust them to make the right decisions. This frees up your time to grow the business beyond what you could have achieved on your own.
For years, Sylvia quoted best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell's theory that it takes 10,000 hours to master a craft. Whether it's to improve as an athlete, a musician or to be a better leader, it's about the time you put in to master that skill. But then there are people who improve faster than others, so it clearly can't just be about putting in the 10,000 hours...
But it’s also about finding that balance and making time for your other passions and your family. I swim and run, which clears my head, and I go to the beach or mountain with my family, which helps put things into perspective.
By now, my team is used to me coming back from a holiday with a head full of new ideas, a well-rested soul and a heart filled with passion for what I do.
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