Tuesday, December 22, 2015


It’s Day 10 of the QUEST2015 challenge. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016 #amplify. Today’s prompt comes from Productivity Guru Charlie Gilkey @charliegilkey. I’m so lucky to have Charlie right here in my hometown. #CharlieRules

Which element of your best work do you most want to amplify this year?

It’s fitting that my answer to the productivity guru’s prompt is about productivity…

I want to amplify my ability to use my project management skills to help other creative entrepreneurs do their best work. I’m working on a set of productivity Charrettes
(SHuh'ret, noun. an intesive effort to map solutions or finish a project). Little workshops designed to help people Get Shit Done #GSD.

I’m super excited about these, but I’m running into that dreaded “imposter syndrome.” As a project manager, my role within multiple creative agencies has been the person organizing the workshop and the strategy sessions. I’ve been told time and time again by the “creatives” in the agencies that I’m not creative so I should stick with managing the creatives. Super frustrating and one of the main reasons why I’m a freelance project manager today and only choose to work with agencies that value the creative input from the entire team.

I personally don’t think you need to be a designer or writer to be a “creative”. I use creativity every single day with how I motivate my clients and teams. I’m more than just a project manager. I’ve learned and established my own strategy practice over the years. I’m amazing at getting things organized. I’m also amazing at leading people, being a creative catalyst for them for just about anything.

I’ve been working with a call to action that is simply “What do you need?” I’ve worn so many hats that I can pretty much help anyone get anything done and if I can’t I know someone who can. “I got you.”

I love this prompt. It’s wonderful way to stand in front of our work, to put it out into the world. That act simply makes you take a step toward that goal.

What do you need?
I got you.

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