Lessons Learned Along the Way: A Pregame Intern’s Recap

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It’s crazy to think that my (almost) 3 months here at Pregame are up, but alas, the time has come. As I am preparing to head back to school, I can’t help but reminisce on these past few months and the unimaginable experience that I have had this summer as Pregame’s intern. Bottom line: I have had the most rewarding, fulfilling, informative, motivating, and fruitful summer and it is almost all by virtue of my time here at Pregame HQ. I just want to thank Pregame for this summer spent growing and learning in an involuntary capacity that I have […]

Don’t Let Your Business Run You

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The biggest mistake I made when starting my own business was letting the business run me rather than running my business. I hope to help others avoid that mistake by sharing some of my experience and what I learned starting my company, amy green design, which is now just over two years old. At the start of my business, I was doing everything, and I mean everything, on my own. From designing brochures to my website to taking all cold calls to drafting every drawing myself, it was all me. That meant the business wasn’t scalable, that I didn’t have the bandwidth […]

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: Navigating Ambiguity

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In the last month, I’ve had several conversations with clients about the negative impact ambiguity is having on their careers or the careers of their direct reports. Likewise, it is THE thing that paralyzes me in my business. I’d argue that the ability to navigate ambiguity is what separates success from failure. I was a good student in school (usually). School taught me to look for the answer and to be able to cough it up on tests, even during class “discussions.” I am always looking for the right answer. It’s not fair to blame it on our education system; […]

Featured Artists: Ninth Street Collective

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Being an artist is a serious profession, but too often, many of the skills needed to succeed are not taught in art school. For most artists, balancing studio time with career opportunities can be overwhelming, especially when they are self-directed. Fortunately, this is where entrepreneurial groups like Ninth Street Collective (NSC) can help artists by providing them with tools to learn the business of art. With a focus on professional development, the Collective, founded by five female members, fortifies emerging and mid-career artists by generating long and short term goals, creating action plans and strategizing career paths. From identifying exhibition […]

September 2019: Career Journeys

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This month’s topic was meant to be Business, but a theme emerged from our contributors: the ambiguous, unexpected nature of career opportunities. Whether you’re building a career or growing a business, comfort with the unknown is a definite success skill. The business environment changes so rapidly that resilience may be one of the biggest factors in whether challenges crush you or usher you into your best chapter yet. In the Kickoff Session, our intro-to-Pregame business coaching session at the Clubhouse, one of the top reasons people come to us is to determine when to take the big leap from working […]

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Being My Own Boss

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As of this month, I’ve been my own boss for 10 years. TEN YEARS! I deserve a promotion. It wasn’t my original plan. I was laid off during the recession, and ended up landing freelance clients. In order to start a business bank account, I had to form an LLC, and thus Pressler Collaborative was born. I hate working from home, so I rented an office. (Fun fact: I was the very first person to move into the first WeWork on their opening day!) With an address and a bank account, things were starting to feel pretty official. I’ve worked […]

Your Culture is Killing You

Taped Shut Bronze Angel, 2019
Patina bronze
25 x 16 x 18 inches

If you’ve brushed up against corporate hiring practices lately, you’ve probably encountered the concept of Culture Fit—the idea that you should screen job applicants so that you only hire people whose beliefs and behaviors will integrate smoothly into your organization. It’s true that hiring people who don’t integrate well with your company culture can be highly disruptive. If you bring highly-competitive people into a highly-collaborative environment, or order-takers into an initiative-driven system, the outcome can be as hard on your existing staff as it is on the misfit new hire. However, Culture Fit can also be used as a proxy […]

Just You

Beauty Queen Totem, 2009
Bianco Carrara marble
132 x 40 x 36 inches

I’m currently sitting at my “Cheers” bar. The place where everyone knows my name. I come here several times a week. I try to cut myself off at no more than four times a week. Once, I overheard another patron say, “we are all sitting here killing ourselves.” That has always stuck with me: actively participating in our own demise in the company of others. Yet we, the regulars, all come to this one familiar place to feel less lonely, searching for companionship or an escape, but within the muck of searching, we are also drowning ourselves. It feels like […]

Feeling the Goal

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Fiona Aboud

  I have never really been much of a planner or one to set goals per se; when the inevitable interview question “where do you want to be in five years” was posed to me I truly had no idea how to answer (I’m sure I made something up that sounded good for the circumstance). My perception of goals was they were very specific expectations of what you were meant to achieve by a certain time, like a specific title, or type of car, or 2.5 kids, and that just felt too constraining. What if some new opportunity knocks at your […]

Six Employment Engagement Tips to Give Your Small Business a Competitive Edge 

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It’s been 10 years since acclaimed author and CEO Chip Conley’s best-seller PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, compelled a generation of leaders to increase employee performance and engagement by creating a culture of purpose.  Yet today, when 66% of employees and 68% of executives surveyed agree that businesses don’t do enough to instill a sense of purpose, his message seems more relevant than ever. Conley first achieved CEO superstar status at age 26 for his high-profile turnaround as founder and former CEO of hotel chain Joie de Vivre.  Driven by his mission to “create joy” he turned […]