Posts Tagged ‘collborate’

I think in the business world, we become driven to succeed – or perform, always risking being trampled.  We have come of age in the world of many options, much information, and the innate desire to make a difference.  It starts out with the idea of being good at something, then – in my world, the competitive nature kicks in and you plunge forward. Over the last couple years of my business life, I have cycled through those feelings more than once.or twice…

When 2015 rolled around, I vowed (once again) to apply my skills and be the best version of myself I could be at the time. I know what I do like the back of my hand, but I felt the desire to create something new and different. I wanted to start a non profit. No small undertaking, and in paperwork alone can be a daunting task. If you are anything like me, I can make myself take the eye off the ball very easily by distracting myself with other “jobs”. I have continuously pulled my mind back to the focus – much like my meditation focus – back to the breath. As a result, there was a strong possibility I would lose a couple clients I currently work with and enjoy helping.  It was a risk, but I trusted if I just put one foot in front of the other and not lose focus, it would all work out.  THIS is a very unnatural state for me, and I had to work hard to maintain it.  I did not force, cajole, argue, debate, negotiate – I just let it unfold.  I was rewarded with renewals, and for that I am grateful.

All of this is great – for today, I just keep moving forward and TRUST that I am on the right path.trust word in letterpress type


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Can you feel it?  That rumble coming up from the ground?  It is the sound of creativity making its way into the hearts of people in the Motor City.  I am especially happy to living in Detroit right now because of it.

Sure, Detroit has haters…a LOT of them.  For some reason it is important to use Detroit as the benchmark for all that is wrong with the U.S.A.  We were too married to industry causing lack of public transportation, we had diversity until the riots of the 60′s sent a lot of people to the suburbs.  We are not what the media would have you believe however.

Detroit is quickly becoming the nerve central for all things creative.  Creative technology, creative thinking, creative funding, creative living.  We are sick and tired of you feeling like you haveIMGP0113 something on us.  I lived in Chicago for awhile.  When I moved back I felt like had to sell this city back to the people who lived here, they were believing the hype.  No longer.

For the record; Chicago has a 10.25 sales tax, think Kwame and Coleman were corrupt?  They actually auctioned off city jobs under Daly.   No offense to the Detroit Bad ass gangs – but Chicago gangs make ours look like West Side Story.

At the front end of all is this is artists.  Detroit and the state of Michigan over indexes the rest of the country in creative jobs.  Look, you will see it — Artists buying homes in Hamtramck, Artists living in New Center.  People like Dan Gilbert and others investing in a city that has all the same markings as any world class city and then some.  We have a riverfront, we have history, we have talent and we are running with it.  Do yourself a favor and look to Motown for your creative needs, we are ready for our close up.

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What ever happened to working as a team?  I still maintain there are team players out there, I just have run across any lately.  It seems that every where you turn, and a large majority of the “worker bees” I encounter are hell bent on making sure their name is in lights, their ideas (or not) are recognized as “theirs” and everyone is fighting for glory.

A company I recently worked with had several of these types, and every visit seemed like they were just there taking notes on our discussion so they could hurry and implement them before anyone else did.  Now, I would really like to think they were doing this to help the company, and if you asked, I am sure they would say it as such.  Bottom-line, they wanted the credit for it whether it was their idea or not.  Crudely put, I had a guy I used to work with that called it, “fighting for hind t*t”, and that is exactly what it seems like.

Another company is smaller, but the second in command likes to consistently tell me how to do my job and give me suggestions.  Now, I do not have any problem with that – if they know how to do what I do.  That being said, they hired me for a reason – because they couldn’t perform this particular function.  I like to collaborate, to brainstorm, this group, and this person in particular feels it is necessary to not give me information that would be helpful or information that is a direct result of something I was able to help them with.  Why?  To keep their power I guess.  Newsflash, I don’t want your job, I want to help your business.  There is a difference.

When I am at my most productive, and my most creative it is working with a team.  I don’t need or want individual credit unless it is truly something I created, executed and was successful at on my own – but in the business world, that is rare.  There are a lot of people involved to make a successful company.  So, the questions becomes this, have we created an environment of “I can do it alls?” or is it more if “I need to secure my place in this company”?  Perhaps it is a little of both.  Either way – its no good for business.Image

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