Getting the most from your design agency… seven top tips

Getting the most from your design agency… seven top tips

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to hire a great design agency to revolutionise your branding and give your business that top-class professional edge it badly needs – but take it from me, this is by no means the end of the story.

 

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    Seven personality traits of designers

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    7 things not to say to a designer

    Once you’ve found a design agency you and your business works well with, that understands you and your company and delivers on time, to budget and which creates exceptional work, it’s worth nurturing this relationship.

     
  • Seven ways to be creative

    Seven ways to be creative

    When it comes to being creative even when you’re naturally talented, sometimes you still need some top tips to keep your creative flow on tap.

     
  • Teambuilding: Tantrums, trials and tipsy employees

    Teambuilding: Tantrums, trials and tipsy employees

    I’ve worked in some of the UK’s most successful companies and loved it, most of the time. However, the trend for team-building during my decade or so in these corporations illicits the equivalent of road rage in me, I call it my ‘Teambuilding Temper’ – you mention teambuilding and I feel like having a terrible twos temper tantrum.

     
  • The Apprentice episode 7: Hitting rock bottom

    The Apprentice episode 7: Hitting rock bottom

    The latest task to be suffered by the (now 10) business adverse contestants was the dynamic world of discount shopping.

     
  • The Apprentice: Climb aboard for the final showdown

    The Apprentice: Climb aboard for the final showdown

    Two candidates, one task and eight ex-Apprentices help push Bianca and Mark across the finish line. Summoning the two final candidates, Lord Sugar conceded they had “done incredibly well to get to the final” and handed out the final task, along with eight little surprises.

     
  • The Apprentice: Beatings over business plans

    The Apprentice: Beatings over business plans

    Ten tasks down and with only two weeks to go, the five remaining candidates – Solomon, Roisin, Mark, Daniel and Bianca – were summoned for more than a bit of business plan bashing by Lord Sugar’s four advisors. Was it painful and embarrassing? Oh yes! And that was just for me.

     
  • The Apprentice: Sweet pleasure – or not

    The Apprentice: Sweet pleasure – or not

    This week the game began to change. By the time the teams got to the boardroom, Sugar wasn’t interested in the individual’s task success, he was focussed on their businesses plans and their proposed joint venture with him.

     
  • The Apprentice: Was Lord Sugar out-witted?

    The Apprentice: Was Lord Sugar out-witted?

    All this week’s Apprentice managed to achieve was to illustrate that Lord Sugar makes up the rules as he goes along, which as multi-millionaire and business leader with his own TV show he is entitled to do of course. But it doesn’t mean he’s right.

     
  • The Apprentice: Carry on in the Big Apple

    The Apprentice: Carry on in the Big Apple

    You would have thought that flying the candidates to New York would have added a bit of sparkle to last night’s episode, but it didn’t. Perhaps it was me, but the candidates seemed uninventive, predictable and petty.

     
  • The Apprentice: Last night’s four most annoying candidates

    The Apprentice: Last night’s four most annoying candidates

    The Fireworks Night episode of The Apprentice left me wanting to throw myself onto the bonfire thanks to four feckless candidates who, between them, left me cringing, furious, despondent and aghast, all in less than an hour.

     
  • The Apprentice: What they taught us last night

    The Apprentice: What they taught us last night

    With 15 candidates left, Lord Sugar was in no mood to tolerate fools this week. The challenge was to create an online video, upload it to You Tube and see which team got the most views.

     
  • The Apprentice: Smells like Teen Spirit – tears, time outs and tantrums

    The Apprentice: Smells like Teen Spirit – tears, time outs and tantrums

    You could smell the scent of over-inflated egos and desperation as the seventeen remaining masochists began the fight for funding, and the opportunity to share a 50:50 partnership with grumpy guru Sugar.