What I'm Thinking
Figments of my imagination and other musings.
Whenever I am asked about how I handle stress in an interview, I think of this story.
During my time as a Peace Corps volunteer, I spent my weekends as a volunteer trek guide for a non-profit in Guatemala that raised money for street kids and a boys’ home in the city of Quetzaltenango. We led tourists on overnight treks up volcanoes and across the highlands and cloud forests.
Journals have a strange way of popping up from what ever dust-covered box they’ve been hibernating in and dropping some long-forgotten wisdom on us. Tonight was no different and I found myself thumbing through one of my journals from my Peace Corps days when I served as a teacher in Guatemala. An entry from my last month there – after almost two and half years of service – spoke up tonight. While these experiences are personal – I feel there is value to sharing this. A reminder to slow down and find those moments in your life worth remembering.
I recently spent time traveling around Europe and my mind and phone's photo library were constantly being filled by the street art I encountered around every corner. Here are some highlights from Ireland, Spain and Iceland.
It is funny which projects inspire us. I didn’t expect that when I was asked to pick up a plaque design that it would become one of my more impassioned pitches. But that is exactly what happened when an agency that I was freelancing for asked me to add some designs to what they expected to be a letter pressed award set in a wood stand to celebrate a monthly Highest Best award for employees.
I loved record stores. Well, really CD stores, that is actually what I was buying. But it wasn’t the satisfaction of walking out with a shiny disc of new music in my hand, for me, it was always the hunt.
I want to talk about the future of small agencies. It is a question on my mind lately – what is next for small ad and digital agencies in this ever shifting and increasingly complicated space?
If one has not stuck to a tried and true timeline from university to career to retirement – why should we label this as a negative path – a black mark on one’s resume? Is there nothing to learn out in the world that does not come with a paycheck or a pension? I beg to differ in this blog post.
It is fair to say that LinkedIn has changed the game for the job seeker. No career-focused tool has given one access to their network like LinkedIn has. In comparison, the traditional resume alongside LinkedIn, looks like a horse-drawn cart next to a BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
When we discuss company culture, at its core, we are talking about people. I believe that it is always people that make or break a company. This translates across every industry. Zappos did not break a billion dollars in sales in just a decade because they sell shoes. Tons of companies sell shoes. Zappos has exceled because they built their brand around a culture of people that provide great customer experience. Zappos lives by the “belief…that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff – like great customer service, or building a great long-term brand, or passionate employees and customers – will happen naturally on its own.”
I knew when I decided to apply to the Peace Corps, just over a decade ago, it would not be easy. It’s in their branding – how could it not be the toughest job I ever loved? But I truly did not comprehend what that tagline meant and how challenging (and rewarding) that time would be.
This is a tale of my love/hate relationship with the Guatemalan Chicken Bus during my time serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, up in the highlands of Western Guatemala.
Black Velvet – If You Please
We believe in our people. We celebrate people who go above and beyond and standout every month. But last Spring, our Seattle office took it even further and honored these Heroes with the greatest tribute known to man.
East Europe to West Coast: A Dev Story
Csaba Tóth, Márton Czebe, and Peter Schmiz recently left our Budapest office for five, slightly damp weeks in the POSSIBLE Seattle office. They joined the POSSIBLE.com redesign team to provide Sitecore expertise and front-end development support. Here are a few details from their experience.
Evan Zeller joins POSSIBLE as the new Director of Strategy in LA
Industry veteran, Evan Zeller, has joined POSSIBLE as the new Director of Strategy for our LA office.