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What’s your best day?

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January 18, 2014 by smallarmyjeff

In a recent interview with a potential new hire at Small Army, I was asked, “What was your best day at Small Army?”  The question took me by surprise and I had to stop for a moment to think about it.

At first, my mind went back to some of the early days of the agency (11+years ago), and all the excitement related to every thing we did.  Then, I thought of all the new business wins, great meetings with clients, work we’ve produced, awards we’ve won and our impact in the fight against cancer.  But, before I opened my mouth, my mind quickly shifted to the people at the agency.

While I’ve been fortunate to have many great and rewarding days at Small Army, the most rewarding days to me are the days where the people at the agency shine.   The days when an account executive delivers a great presentation.  When the creative team releases a brilliant campaign.  When people are recognized by clients, colleagues and the industry for their accomplishments.  To me, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the people around me grow and be successful.

So, my answer ultimately took me back to only a few days before the question was asked.  Just before the holiday, we promoted our Director of Design, Sam Pitino, to VP/Associate Creative Director.  And we promoted Steve Kolander, our EVP Creative Director to Executive Creative Director/President of Small Army Productions.  That was a great day.

Promotions are the ultimate recognition of accomplishment. They acknowledge the culmination of many great days not only for for individuals, but also for those they impact. And they represent an even more exciting future.  Those are my favorite days.

What’s your best day?

PS.  She got the job – and starts today as our Creative Services Manager.

2 thoughts on “What’s your best day?

  1. Carin Warner says:

    Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your best day! It’s great to lead an organization forward and to empower people to be the very best they can be!

  2. I agree that the tide raises all boats and that seeing people excel is a remarkable thing. People spend the majority of their daily lives at work, so wouldn’t it be an amazing thing if they were spending their time happy and productive? I think so! I love the days when my colleagues do well, when our agency wins a new piece of business, and when I feel like I have made a difference- and worked so hard that I wouldn’t do a thing differently. When people are happy, I am having my best day.Then again, I get to go home to an amazing family, so EVERY DAY is my best day. Thank you for sharing!

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