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I just know my creative director hates me


My creative director hates me. I can just tell. He has nothing to say to me. And I always feel like he’s looking me up and down. I guess he likes my work. I know he likes my partner and I, but one on one it’s awkward. I feel like he hates me. ( I said that) What should I do? I love my job, but feeling like I am disliked by my boss is very hard.

intro I just know my creative director hates meYou say “I know he likes my partner and I”, AND he hates you. What’s up with that? Doesn’t sound too clear cut here. Assuming you’re junior, know that it always tends to feel awkward one on one with your boss. The CD is a powerful and intimidating person, usually, from the perspective of a young creative person. It sounds like he’s not giving you feedback on your work that you need to know where you stand. So here’s an idea: ask him what he thinks. He will tell you. It’s pretty simple. If in fact he has negative feedback for you, you can decide from there how to deal with that. Hopefully criticism is constructive and an important part of learning. On the other hand, if a straight talk makes it clear you’re right about his negative feelings about you, probably time to start interviewing. Our guess is he would have just let you go if he truly disliked you. So take a deep breath and book that talk.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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