American Horror Story is an anthology TV series that explores life in different types of “haunted houses” in American culture. The first season took place in a home with a dark history, the next season in an insane asylum and now, in the third season, it’s in a witch coven in New Orleans.
Over three hundred years have passed since the Salem witch trials and only a few powerful witches are left. Under attack by unknown forces and facing extinction, the young girls in the coven are left to defend themselves, but they must function as a team or face devastation, much like life in the business world. But what makes for a great team and what can a television show possibly teach us about that?
Let’s check it out, witches!
You are very much like us, GLAD WORKS friends. You have a business to run. You have a life outside of your business to run. You may even have a couple of kids or Chihuahuas to take care of. Maybe, if you’re like Gina, you throw in some sports training here and there just to keep things interesting and…nuts. Lots of people ask us how Gina manages to run her successful business while at the same time training hardcore for athletic competitions. Well? She applies what keeps her in good condition at the gym to her professional life. Wanna hear about it? Here’s how it goes…
While on one of our famous walks through a nearby neighborhood admiring all the lovely gardens, we started to think about how much work and care and time it takes to grow something beautiful. Then a light bulb moment occurred: it dawned on us that gardening is a lot like running a business. And it really is when you think about it! Just like a garden, a business requires constant attention if it’s going to be fruitful. Today we thought we’d share with you a few of our thoughts on nurturing a business for maximum blossomage! (Yeah, that’s right: we just made up a new word! Go us!)
When we were approached to design a logo for Paula Abdul’s latest project called IGNITE! Spark the Moment, we were pretty stoked to help out. In fact, we were all saying “yahoo!” on the inside. We love taking part in great projects like this, so we were happy to add this feather to our cap. Today we’re going to talk about the project a bit but we’ll also talk about what got us the job. It’s a little something called “relationships.”
We’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform used by creatives to raise money for their projects. All this talk is getting hard to ignore, as Kickstarter becomes a stronger and stronger force in helping folks meet their funding goals. So, today we thought we’d talk about it with you and maybe even give you a few tips for success if you decide to go the crowdfunding route.
We recently came across an article about Apple being in decline. We’ve been seeing a lot of stuff like that out there lately, and now we’re noticing that their stocks have fallen. Could these headlines have something to do with that? After the release of the iPhone 5, major newsmakers blasted the launch and implied that the disappointing features of the new iPhone implied that there was a lack of creativity and innovation at Apple. But could this really be true or does it become true because some people are saying that it is?
In our blog post about Game of Thrones, we talked about how young or inexperienced people like interns and new hires can bring a lot to your business. GLAD WORKS usually has at least one intern present at any given moment, so we have a lot of experience working with them to help them make the most of their time with us. We think it’s important to talk about them today because the word “intern” seems to be becoming synonymous with “free labor.” That’s not the case at all, and treating it that way cheats the business and the intern out of a very valuable experience.
Let’s talk about how to properly nurture an intern for a mutually beneficial relationship!
Maybe you’ve only heard of it, or maybe you’re obsessed with either the book series by George R. R. Martin or the HBO television series. Whatever your experience is with Game of Thrones, you know how amazingly intense and deliciously dangerous every plot-line can be as the story chronicles the violent dynastic battles between the noble families of the realm for control of the Iron Throne.
“Battling for control of the throne? Sounds just like doing business!” you say.
We think so too!
Happy New Year, GLAD WORKS friends!
Last week we did a recap of 2012, so naturally this week we need to take a look at the year ahead! What’s going to be the new hotness, and what should you be thinking about to keep on top of trends in technology, marketing and consumer habits? We’ve done a little poking around in our collective brains and we’ve come up with a handy dandy (albeit slightly random) little list just for you.