“I’ve made the decision that it’s time for Derek to move on from Tumblr.”
Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.
Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.
When’s the best time to schedule a meeting? For many managers, the answer is clear: first thing in the morning. Your team is fresh, you make sure you’re all on the same page, and you set yourself up for a productive day.
But there are plenty of arguments against the morning meeting. Before you make it your default option, consider these factors:
British Airways Made A Blanket That Measures Passengers’ Moods
Fiber optics and brain waves tell the airline a nice drink, a good movie, and a snooze make people feel good.
It’s not enough that Twitter modeled its new layout after Facebook. The company has also taken a major advertising cue from the world’s most popular social network, announcing Monday it will roll out app-install ads, an ad unit that lets users download third-party apps directly from Twitter’s mobile app.
“Life does not have a recipe. Then why should you serve up your next business, book, or song following someone else’s recipe?”
Our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. New research suggests analogies can help your team come up with great new ideas.
How Elizabeth Meltz is using technology to turn Batali hotspots like Babbo into some of the restaurant biz’s most eco-friendly eateries.
When you eat at Babbo, Del Posto, or any of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s other celebrated restaurants, you can be sure that every aspect of the pasta and wine have been carefully considered. What you might not realize is that your meal’s environmental impact has been just as closely thought through.
“You’re in the prime of your career with all of this experience, when you get mommy-tracked. They get ‘concerned’ that you can’t do your job. That’s a huge reason why we’re not seeing women in leadership roles across Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies and in politics.”
Some of the biggest innovations of our time were created after hours. Here, the compelling case for trying out stupid things on the side.
“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail—basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”
Some may be obvious, like watching out for typos and misspelled words, but others—like cookie-cutter copies or file names—might be more sneaky mistakes you’re making when looking for a job.
“Very successful entrepreneurs take the time to analyze their lives and to look closely at their vision and their purpose in life. They put their lives on paper. They take the time to construct mental images that guide them on their journey. While most people are winging it, they put their life mission and business vision and goals on paper. Then they go to work executing their plan.”
It might not be what you say so much as how you say it. Your raspy voice, high-pitched laugh, and sloppy grammar could be holding you back.
You wouldn’t show up to a job interview with bed head and slippers. Why sound like you just woke up?
Studies show that vocal fry—the creaking, drawn-out tone that emerges when speaking below your normal register—hurts first impressions of both men and women. Listen to some examples here>
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
“People around the world do care about the values of a product — but Americans and Europeans care the least.”