This time of year always gives me the urge to sharpen up a few Dixon Ticonderogas and head back to class.
The Richards Group hears me on that one. The Dallas-based agency has enlisted its founder Stan Richards, along with industry bigwigs like Lee Clow, Carol H. Williams, Keith Reinhard and Laura Desmond for "Stan Talks," a lecture series that gives bite-sized video lessons on everything from ethics in advertising to creativity.
The videos are part of an online series done with the University of Texas Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, meant to help "prepare the industry's next generation of leaders with lessons from those who have come before them," says John Murphy, a professor emeritus at the UT school.
One video with Lee Clow touches on mentorship and passion: "The most important career advice I could give anyone is to find something you love and then be obsessed about doing it every day, every morning, waking up, thinking, caring, planning, trying to figure out how to do this thing that you're obessed about," he says in the video. "I don't know if I had the most talent, I don't know if I had the most education — matter of fact, I know I didn't have the most education — but I think my intensity, my passion, my desire to do what I do is the reason I've accomplished as much as I've accomplished, done as much as I've done and enjoyed the hell out of my career."
In another video on "Developing strategic advertising insights," Carol H. Williams speaks about thinking differently.
"I was a black woman from the South Side of Chicago in a white man's world," she says. "As a matter of survival, I had to see diffenrtly. Taking very little at face value, I became adept seeing through others' eyes to see and understand and feel life's moments, rituals and products from their peprsective."
Hopefully you won't be working too much over the weekend, but if you need a pep talk we've got you covered. Now on to a bit of this week's agency news.
Jeff Alpen, CEO of Seattle-based brand experience design firm Hornall Anderson, posted a piece he had penned called "Attention" on LinkedIn this week. In the brief piece, which is somewhere between oath and poem, he pledges to be present in meetings and to pay attention. "I believe we are normalizing disrespect. It's OK to show up late. It's OK to be distracted. It's OK to get up and walk out. For me, it's not."
On the move…
Jon Gittings, formerly chief strategy officer for MediaCom in the Americas, has joined sibling agency Essence as its exec VP for strategy in North America, a new role at the GroupM-owned media agency.
Lavall Chichester, formerly global senior VP of search and content marketing at MullenLowe Mediahub and MullenLowe Profero, has joined acquisition marketing platform JumpCrew as its new CMO. He was on Ad Age's 40 Under 40 List in 2015.
Portland-based agency Instrument has hired Tsilli Pines a VP of creative. She is the co-founder and director of Design Week Portland and was formerly the creative director of Portland-based brand agency Fine.
Tweet of the week
Dude it's been 4 months... pic.twitter.com/j2yL6Wzvas— Tom Denford (@denfordtom) August 28, 2018
As expected Mark Read confirmed CEO of @WPP (hasn't updated LinkedIn tho...)— Tom Denford (@denfordtom) August 30, 2018
And one more for good measure. When your truth is your F-bomb.
Can't change the way I talk, not willing to compromise my truth https://t.co/9e3q6lWqDV— Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) August 29, 2018