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The junior I hired might be being primed to replace me — HELP!

Hi Jancy, I am an intermediate/senior level creative working in a small agency. I had previously hired a jr. on to help out with some tasks. Over the past year that this jr. has been at the agency, he/she has completely changed roles, taking on the same title as I and I am no longer in charge of his/her role …

Keeping scam ads out of award shows

It’s great to see that you will be heading up the ADC awards Nancy. I have one humble request on behalf of some of the more ethically- inclined creative people out there: Please, can you do your best to ensure that scam ads, badly photoshopped ghost ads, and questionably run work isn’t …

Helping to turn a big agency’s rep around

I’m being offered a CD position at a big shop with a less than stellar creative reputation. However, they’ve made some key hires of top award- winning talent from some of the best agencies in the country. The new ECD is also a heavy hitter, and he’s trying to staff it up with great …

My own small company preaches “teamwork”, practices exclusion

I have been in advertising for 12 years and I set up a creative-only outfit with two other people, who do not have an advertising background.
For some time now, one of my partners acts as de facto creative director though her role clearly is to bring in new business. When I had a chat …

If you could hire a dead ad guy…

Dr. Frankenstein comes over one day and tells you he will revive any one ad god of your choice so you can hire him as a freelance consultant. Who do you pick? Is it Bernbach? David? Chiat? Leo?
If I really had to spend time with a dead guy I guess I’d have to say …

How can a CD keep teams motivated?

I am just wondering what is the best way for a Creative Director to keep all his teams motivated. is there anything in particular you do?
Keeping his or her teams motivated is a big part of the CD job. In our experience, we’ve found the number one way to do this is to keep …


About Jancy

'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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