On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm EST I’ll be hosting HigherEdLive. I’ll be joined by some amazing guests to talk about Creative Team Leadership. It’s one thing to bring creative ideas to life as an individual, it’s another to lead a team of creatives to produce the highest quality work and always push the envelope. I’ve asked some of the best creative leaders to join me to talk about what makes a team successful and what skills/environment is necessary to sustain it long term.
My guests, in no particular order, are Ben Callahan, Bob Crisler, and Nick Johnson. They are not only accomplished in their own right, but also lead successful creative teams inside and outside higher education.
Mark your calendars, it will be an information packed show with plenty to take away as a director or member of a creative team.
President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.
Nick Johnson is the Managing Director of Marketing Communication at the University of Notre Dame. His web team handles design, development and content strategy for most of the university’s web properties, working within a cost recovery model.
With an entrepreneurial background in marketing, design and management, Nick’s greatest professional joy is creative problem solving and the hunt for the correct strategic path.
Nick and his wife, Anna, recently welcomed their first child, Zoey Marie, in to the world.
Bob leads the overall web development effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as Director of Internet and Interactive Media. IIM is organized as a partnership of University Communications and Information Services at UNL. Bob also leads the UNL Web Developer Network, a 300+ -member group formed to support UNL’s unique single-codebase web development path. A 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Bob has been with UNL since 1992, working first in print design, and stepping out to lead UNL’s web effort as the university’s first staff member fully dedicated to the medium (in 2000).
UNL occupies a unique position in higher education web development. At UNL, a single codebase underlies all sites that are part of the university organization. The UNLedu Web Framework is continually strengthened through the efforts of IIM staff and the contributions of partners through the WDN organization. See wdn.unl.edu for more information.
Because it was such a great experience I’ve decided to do it again this year!
On March 3rd I am going to take on Michigan’s tallest building (the Renaissance Center) all the way to the 70th floor by climbing 1,035 stairs. I am climbing in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb to help raise money for lung disease research, education and advocacy.
I am doing so because I am able. I can breathe freely and there are many people who are not as lucky. I am joining a team of likeminded Web designers and developers from Detroit on my journey, our team name is the “Quadzillas“.
I would love your support
For the 2013 Fight for Air stair climb my team would like to raise a minimum of $1,035 dollars, or $1 for every step in the GM Renaissance Center.
We need your help! You can donate to one person, or spread it out among the members. You can donate $1 (one step) or $15 (one floor) or any amount you want! Either way you choose to donate is greatly appreciated! Or if you would like to join me I would be honored to climb with you!
Your donation to the American Lung Association will sustain their commitment to the prevention of all respiratory diseases including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and asthma.
Thank you for your support of my effort to raising money for this very important cause
It all started in the Hilton upper lobby at ~2 am during some night at #HighEdWeb a few weeks ago. @Cliffyballgame randomly asked me to join his Movember team. I had thought about doing Movember for the past few years but always had something going on that required me not to look like a total hipster or lumberjack. But this year is different, this November I don’t have a single speaking engagement, no travel and no formal anything other than Thanksgiving with the family.
I only shave once a week anyways, it won’t be hard to skip four times. So I thought why stop at not shaving?
Here are a few things that I won’t be doing in November:
Shaving (of course). Going full on lumberjack style.
Buying lunch (who eats multiple meals a day anyway?)