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My partner and I aren’t working out… but I’m the one who recommended him. HELP!

Hey Jancy,
First off, love the site! So here’s my dilemma. I work at this great mid sized shop. The atmosphere is great, the people are awesome to work with. I was there for about 10 months when my ECD asked that I recommend a copywriter intern. At the time, I only knew one copywriter from an adschool class before mine …

How do I prove my value after my partner has left?

Hi Jancy,
My art-director is about to leave to join a girlfriend of his abroad, thus stopping advertising for a while. We’ve done good work together, but most of the times, I’ve had to drag him along with me to get better ideas, to be more ambitious and to want to reach higher. However, with him gone, I’m a bit worried …

How do I motivate my married, female creative partner?

Dear Jancy,
I’m a copywriter in one of the top agencies in Kuala Lumpur. This is only my fourth month and I’m getting complaints – about my partner! Apparently, my ACD thinks that my partner is not motivated enough to work or push beyond the envelope. She’s married so I can understand that. But my ACD said I must inspire …

My uninterested partner is ruining my internship experience. HELP!

Hello Jancy,
I’m an art direction intern at an agency in NYC. I’m writing because I’m having problems with my partner. While you’ve answered a lot of questions about partner troubles with those who have full-time positions, I’m not sure what the protocol is for interns.
I’m working hard, requesting as much work as possible and trying to get a job after …

My partner collaborates more with the client than with me

Hey Jancy,
I’m a copywriter who’s been taken aboard by an Art Director and former co-worker to tackle a freelance project. The problem is that she seems to think the barrier to great work are old agencies and their old processes.
We don’t have an account manager, and rather than present ourselves as a cohesive unit or rehearse before client meetings she …

My partner won’t let me do any of the talking

I am an Asian art director in a good shop in Vancouver, and have been working here for five months now.
Lately, I’ve been having problems in meetings since my partner seemed to do all the talking. Even though I decided to ask him to share the talking equally. He simply said “You jump in when you want to explain the …


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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