Better, not more

Legacy media and venture capital funded media startups have all been chasing growth for growth’s sake for quite a while. Now I am delighted to see that not only has that strategy run into some fatal problems, but that there are people and organizations who dare to think differently. I’m a firm believer in doing less and better […]

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People are like puzzle pieces

Building a working team (no matter if two or two hundred) is not unlike completing a puzzle. People not only have varying skillsets, they also have certain types of other people that they fit best with – like pieces of a puzzle. This goes beyond complementary skillsets (even though they are important too) to encompass […]

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How clear is your concept?

I saw a presentation by Phil Davies (producer of ‘Peppa Pig’) a while back, and one of the things that stuck with me was this: In the early days of their studio, when they developed many concepts, they would put them to this test: After writing a brief synopsis of the show idea, how easily would […]

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Are you prepared for luck?

 “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” -Robert Evans Many great opportunities, if you manage to seize them, will look like luck to an outsider. But the open mind and preparation that are needed in order to grab the opportunity are rarely acknowledged by anyone except you. So how do you prepare to get lucky? In a world that is always in flux, […]

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Get out of the room

The proverb “If you’re the smartest person in the room, get out of the room” is one of my all time favourites. And I like to extend ‘smart’ to mean ‘talented’, ‘skilled’, ‘experienced’ and ‘insightful’ as well. Because you can learn so much more from people who are better than you at something, than trying to […]

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Do you follow your data or your gut?

Fastcompany recently ran a series of very interesting pieces about how Buzzfeed has gone about their plan for world domination. While Buzzfeed’s publisher Dao Nguyen says that you can’t make decisions on data alone, the company clearly has its main focus on mining proprietary engagement data and improving its processes in a never ending loop. […]

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