Creative Leadership

Practical advice on the challenges of running a creative team.

We speak to people in positions of creative leadership for insights on recruitment, retention, collaboration, managing stress, dealing with imposter syndrome and much more

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Why stress and creativity do not go well together

It’s been scientifically proven that, under duress, the brain shuts down the critical functions that feed the creative process. Tanya Livesey, Leadership Coach and Global Head of Creative Talent at The Talent Business, has some coping strategies for strung-out readers

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Mark Wickens: a tribute

As one of the founders of Wickens Tutt Southgate and latterly Brandhouse, Mark Wickens helped build one of Britain’ most successful design consultancies – one that played a significant role in the establishment of a British design ‘industry’

CR presents our Creative Leaders 50 for 2017

Our second Creative Leaders 50, in partnership with Workfront, celebrates the contributions of 50 people from across the UK creative industries who we feel are driving change, not just within their organisation but in the world at large

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How to overcome self-doubt and be a creative leader

Speaking at D&AD Festival in London this week, Refinery29 co-founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi shared some advice for overcoming creative block, adapting to uncomfortable situations and identifying the conditions that lead to great ideas

Why EQ can count for more than IQ

Developing your Emotional Intelligence is key to leading happy and successful creative teams, says Tanya Livesey, Leadership Coach and Global Head of Creative Talent at The Talent Business

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How to do good work

Studio Thomas.Matthews has put sustainability at the heart of its design practice and working environment. Mark Sinclair talks to its co-founder Sophie Thomas about creativity as an agent for change

Lift London’s Lee Schuneman on leading a creative studio

With its mix of designers, artists, engineers, filmmakers and coders, Microsoft’s Lift London studio helps develop the future of how people will interact with the brand’s services and devices. Studio Head Lee Schuneman is one of CR’s Creative Leaders 50. He talks to CR about finding and nurturing talent, his role as a leader and why playing loud house music first thing in the morning contributes to the studio’s success

The problem with perfectionists

The pursuit of perfection is often lauded in the creative industries, but as a leadership trait it can also be disempowering and corrosive. Executive coach and Global Head of Creative Talent at The Talent Business, Tanya Livesey, has some advice on how to deal with extreme perfectionism