We usually start a project with an idea of what it is that we wish to achieve, build or create. We have an idea of what the future end state is and why we started the project in the first place. But how often do we get part way through our project, become disillusioned, frustrated or bored with it and its abandoned, left with the pile of other half completed projects. Projects fail, when we fail to create a clear picture of what success looks like.
If you knew that a decision you were making for your business could constrain its future potential, would you do it?
Surprisingly business leaders make these decisions unknowingly every day. This decision impacts your two most expensive business assets; property & people.
What a year it has been for the team at MARSDEN Collective. Before we close the office and take a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year’s we wanted to share some of the exciting events that occurred in the office over the past 12 months.
When we think about what not to talk about in the workplace, the topics could range from politics or religion to the ridiculous party you went to on the weekend… perhaps it is best to keep quiet. With the issue of mental health in the workplace rising on our agendas, it seems that keeping quiet (or emotional suppression) is actually the cause of serious mental and physical health problems 1.
It’s been a year since I set off with 15 other women to immerse myself in a culture far different from my own on the other side of the world. I’d been fundraising for the better part of 6 months to raise $10k for The Hunger Project [THP], securing my spot in the Business Chicks Leadership Immersion program so that I could head to Malawi in Africa, to see first-hand the work that was being done there by THP.
As a studio that places as much value on raw talent as experience, MARSDEN Collective loves bringing on interns. Being a relatively tight knit company, MARSDEN are realistic about how much time we can dedicate to each and every budding individual that comes to intern with us. That’s why we continually support student designers by allowing for paid work experience opportunities in addition to our core collective team, because for us it’s about quality over quantity.
Over the last six months, I’ve been gathering insights into my own unique personality and personal values, the things that light my fire and drag me down. One of the most recent “Aha!” moments for me, involved looking at my personal values and our Organisational Values and then digging a bit deeper in order to understand the ‘behaviours’ of these values.
Balance is a situation in which different things exist in mutually beneficial parts. If you look at how optimal outcomes are achieved in various situations it’s through balance. A thriving ecosystem, a myriad of ingredients coming together to create an amazing meal, the highest performing, leading football team… They’re all a balance of different parts coming together to contribute to a greater, impressive outcome. Continue Reading ->