Well we can't guarantee you that kind of creative caffeine but some decent conversation is a given. The usual place: Common Grounds at 17th and Wazee from 8-10am. No PFG assignment this week, it's a good ol' fashioned coffee morning. The last of the year. Hope to see you there.
Also, I wanted to share some thoughts from Melissa on the last coffee morning. She was our guest host and kindly wrote this recap:
The additional topics that were discussed were quite interesting. It struck me that there are so many people that have big fancy MBAs that can't seem to find a great gig – is it because there just aren't any good jobs? Is it because they are focused on staying in Denver/Boulder (if so that doesn't say much for
Denver if they can't find jobs here)? Or is it that the MBA isn't carrying as much clout or weight as it used to? If it's not as important for finding a job in the Marketing arena, then what is? What are companies really looking for now?
I also found it fascinating that so many of the people who attend the coffee mornings are interested in breaking into the Agency world, however they're finding it to be really difficult, even if they are willing to start at the bottom. What makes the agency world so intriguing that you'd want to quit a perfectly good job and work in Advertising? It also brings up another consideration for me, is the agency world too stuck in their ways to see there are some amazing people out there who might be able to help them create new ideas, even if they don't have agency experience? I recently broke out of the agency-requirement mode when I hired my Human Factor Director (she's the director of recruiting at Sprout now). She's always worked retail and has an amazing intuition and understanding of people and she's really opened my eyes to my idiocyncrasies that have been formed through my strict business associations with Advertising and Marketing people. She's enabled me look at old problems from new angles, which has reinvigorated my love for what I do.
So, those were the things that struck me the most about our conversations. Oh, and the fact, that we are all supposed to be strategic but the first thing we did when we started talking about the assignment was go to the tactics.
Curious what any of you in attendance thought that might add to this perspective.
Melissa also compiled our submission to the PFG assignment on Live Earth. Download it here if you'd like to read it:
Many thanks to Mel and the group last week who came together for this cause.