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Creativity Thrives in Places Full of New and Unexpected Learnings.

Make Your Workplace a Forum for Ideas. “Ideas Won’t Keep. Something Must Be Done About Them.”– Alfred North Whitehead  What can a chocolatier and a news anchor teach a bunch of creatives? As it turns out, quite a bit. Over the past year, a talented group of PGAVers established a new program called PGAV Presents. The concept… Continue reading.

America’s Space Program and the Importance of Higher Purpose in Your Work

  – By Mike Konzen, CEO   This July we are celebrating America’s space program. Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, Neal Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon’s surface. Forty-two years later on July 21, 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, concluding STS-135, the final mission of NASA’s storied… Continue reading.

Open Leadership – Four Lessons in Empowering Your Team

  – By Mike Konzen, Principal and Chair   PGAV’s John Wilmas is the Stair Ninja. (More on that in a bit.) He is also a great example of our new generation of leaders at PGAV. John is not an owner, officer, department head, senior creative, or project leader. He is a valued assistant, with responsibilities that… Continue reading.

The Gift of Great Artists and Teachers

 – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist . . . Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”                – John Steinbeck One of the astonishing… Continue reading.

Lunch with the Future

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt   It’s one of my favorite events of the year: my annual lunch with the interns. This year they are Aoran, Hannah, Sarah, Jing, Amy, Peter, Nick, Blake, Marniece, and Casey.… Continue reading.

All Success is Local

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   There’s an old saying, often attributed to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, that “all politics are local.” He meant that a politician’s national success is directly tied to the issues that matter to their constituents at home. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading.

Sex, Smart Phones, and Destination Visitors

   – By Mike Konzen, principal and chair   9% of U.S. adults interact with their cell phones during sex, according to a recent study. Did that crazy statistic get your attention? Because getting and holding your attention, it turns out, is becoming more challenging. This same study by Harris Interactive also cited 12% of… Continue reading.