Why Leadership is a Genderless Trait

April 18, 2019Culture, Experience, Industry

This article was originally published by MM&M on April 18th, 2019. View the original article here: https://www.mmm-online.com/home/opinion/hcbs-nancy-beesley-on-why-leadership-is-a-genderless-trait/ Leadership is a genderless trait. It requires brains, curiosity, courage and a keen sense of understanding of what is important. It doesn’t require a deep voice, a locker room or a secret handshake. Yet still we see men in the highest positions of power all around us. We need to do more as female leaders to take our place at the top. Look around you. In our industry, we find women everywhere. And many female leaders. But are we gaining enough of a foothold in the executive positions? In the C-Suite? Yes, better than the past. But we all know that ladder is hard to climb. After 25 years in our …

SXSW 2019: Breaking Down and Building Up the Agency Structure

March 18, 2019Culture, Experience, Industry, Marketing

It’s Monday morning, bright and early, and I’m sitting in my first session of the day. Nick Law, CCO of Publicis Groupe, takes the SXSW stage to, in his own words, “rant” about how advertising agencies need to evolve during this current age of innovation. Law starts his talk with a video of Steve Jobs discussing the leadership structure of Apple versus that of other technology companies at that time. …

SXSW 2019: Step Back, Think Bigger

March 13, 2019Culture, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Listening

On the final day of the Health & MedTech track at SXSW, I was able to attend the first of a 3-session series centered around “Design for Health.”  At first glance, I thought the topic might be better suited for a true creative to attend. But once I dug into the description, the need to “think bigger” was clear. Working at an advertising agency, I’m conditioned to react to the word “design” with thoughts of colors, fonts, layouts, wireframes—creative-y terms. But as I quickly realized, those are only part of what design is. Beyond graphic elements, design encompasses …

SXSW 2019: A Tale of Two Sessions

March 8, 2019Culture, Experience, Innovation, Listening

While I’m a native Austinite, I’ve never officially been to SXSW. Sure, I live and work downtown, and therefore typically get caught in the hustle of increased traffic, daily parties, and free food. But I’ve never actually had a badge. So today, as I walked over to the Austin Convention Center for a series of sessions, I basically had no idea what I was doing. That became extremely clear very quickly.   I had big plans to attend Maria Shriver’s featured session—a panel about women and Alzheimer’s. I made sure to get online the day before the session to grab an SXXPress pass, reserving my spot at the front of the line. I arrived early and ended …

3 Strategies for Recharging Your Right Brain

March 6, 2019Culture, Experience, Industry, Innovation

We all have moments when our brains just shut down. Whether you are a creative director, full-time parent, product manager, salesperson, or CEO, we all experience the feeling of our brain giving up after being overworked. So, how do you combat burnout and get back to producing decent ideas? Take a deep breath. Now, get your brain thinking about something that has nothing to do with the problem you’re trying to solve. …

Caught in a Mentor Sandwich

February 4, 2019Culture, Experience, Listening

So, just a couple of days ago and I’m standing in a classroom inside the McCombs Business School at The University of Texas sharing an example of how much our lives have changed since the early, heady days of the interwebs, when Gopher was a viable contender to HTTP and the geeks were still yet to inherit the earth. In front of me are 35 UT undergrads leaning in and looking pretty engaged. On my left is one the most important mentors in my life and professor of the class, Bob Pearson. I take pause to drink in what was happening. Here I am guest lecturing at one of the top business schools in the US, …

The Importance of Mentoring: To the Women That Showed Me the Way

January 25, 2019Culture, Listening

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” – J Loren Norris One of our most talented up-and-comers, Taylor Watson, had a brilliant idea. To bring this month’s agency fundamental “Be a Mentor” to life, she suggested we have a “thank a mentor” party at the agency. We get together as a group in both offices to write a thank-you note to the people who have helped us get to where we are today. First of all, a written note in today’s world is akin to a Bigfoot sighting. The time it takes to write with an actual pen requires thought to what you want to say. And let’s face it, receiving a handwritten note from someone just feels good. Its says, “I took the time …

Can Old Sharks Teach Us New Tricks?

January 11, 2019Culture, Experience, Listening

Ever since I was a young boy I have always been fascinated with sharks. Maybe fascinated isn’t the word. Passionate. Is that the right word? Obsessed is probably more accurate. No, it wasn’t because of Jaws but rather all those Jacques Cousteau PBS specials I watched with my dad during my formative years. As I grew older, more mature and braver (maybe not so much wiser), I became a scuba diver and have continued to hone this hobby to align with my shark obsession. During my diving career I have progressively risen up the ranks of underwater shark encounters/experiences: nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, blue sharks, lemon sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks and the elusive and magnificent whale shark. This journey up the food chain came to its zenith this past October when I truly had the experience of …

An Oreo, a Deviled Egg and a Bloody Suit Walk Into an Office …

November 1, 2018Culture

Hi guys! It’s me, your friendly HCB culture blogger! I’m back to talk to you about my all-time, hands-down, most-favorite holiday ever — Halloween. I LOVE Halloween. I mean, who doesn’t? You get to spend a whole month watching scary movies and then top it off by dressing up like a hotdog and then binge eating candy until you’re nauseous. IT’S THE BEST. And recently, I’ve learned that celebrating it in …