All About The Team

As you work in this field you begin to notice just how much of a role a team plays in making a great piece. You see this amazing work coming out of different studios and you wonder (at least I know I do), how the hell was that made and how can me and my team make something that good? The key here is team! I know alone it just couldn’t happen. No one person can work alone; it takes the help of their colleagues to finish the work. The outcome as we can all see from this amazing work is likely far better when employees work in a team rather than individually.

Most successful groups, organizations and companies consist of a cohesive team with similar interests and specializations and when you realize that and start working and thinking as part of a team, you start doing a better job.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” - Henry Ford

The other day I realized how important the role of a team is in not only my business but as well as my personal life. There are things I do with a team that I couldn’t do on my own. First and foremost since we’re talking about work I have to look to the awesome folks that help at LooseKeys; I’d never have been able to take the business this far without them. Then going to my personal life there is the duo team of myself and my wonderful wife. It’s different to think of your significant other and you as a team because it’s just the two of you, most teams are larger. I know the two of us help each other, make and do great things together that would be beyond our reach if we tried to tackle them alone. I know I can’t do everything I do plus what she does and still keep it together. Your family is maybe the most important team in your life.

Finally there are the video games, which in many cases are much more fun with a team. I’ve been playing a lot of League Of Legends recently and it takes a team of five to work together in order to defeat the other team of five and win the game. When the team is working as one cohesive unit they are going to be the key in their success.

Everyone has a unique role in a team. When teamwork is encouraged at home, work and in hobbies it can strengthen the bond and the end goal or outcome will be much easier. Never underestimate the power of the team, it plays an essential role in so many things.

AN ARDUOUS TASK AWAITS US!

AN ARDUOUS TASK AWAITS US!

Open Marq is a new site that allows anyone, anywhere to exchange goods and services free of charge. The exchange takes place between people in the form of share, buy/sell, rent, swap, borrow etc..and the site allows direct communications between and among members. Join us and practice the Sharing/Collaborative Economy!

Client: Open Marq
Production Company: LooseKeys
Copywriter: Alice Oglethorpe
Creative Director: Brad Chmielewski
Illustration: Jake Williams
Animation: Ethan Barnowsky
Sound Design: Maeve Price
Voice Over: Joseph Zieja
Software: Adobe After Effects

Watch Where You’re Aiming That Thing!

Watch Where You’re Aiming That Thing!

For episode 234 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Panic Brewing’s new space to chat with Gary GulleyPanic just recently secured their space on the north side of the city. Gary tells Brad and Ken all about the journey so far and about some of his plans for the space. Panic doesn’t have any of their own beer yet so the three of them crack open a few favorites as we learn about why everyone should be interested in what Panic is doing. With lots of room to grow, it’s exciting to see what they are going to do.

If you’re in Chicago, be on the look out for Panic Brewing.

Social Media Apps On The iPhone

Social Media Apps On The iPhone

Ya! The weather in Chicago has finally turned and it’s time to start biking to work again!

Ya! The weather in Chicago has finally turned and it’s time to start biking to work again!

Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur

Getting Back Up To Speed

I’ve been sick for the past week and as everyone knows, being sick sucks. I rarely get sick (I guess I’ve been blessed with a strong immune system) and this last week all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and hide from the world.  I haven’t wanted to do any work or tackle the dozens of side projects that are brewing. Pushing yourself to do anything but sleep and bum around can be rough when you feel like crap. I did manage to pull myself out of bed and away from my game of Pokemon Y to make it into the office every day. The lack of energy didn’t make this fun but I made it through. 

This down time plus the recent vacation I took has allowed me to step away from the normal jobs and what I’ve been doing in order to stop and reflect. Taking the time to look at where you’re going and where you’ve been is so important and it’s something that I haven’t done in a while. This time has allowed me to think about LooseKeys and the projects I’ve been working on. All of which have been rocking along but have also slowed down since the new year. I don’t think Jake would say we’ve slowed down at LooseKeys but I noticed I’ve slowed down with the blog posts, the social media and the general sharing of knowledge. 

Going on vacation and being sick have both allowed me some time to reflect and make a plan for change. Now that I’m feeling better I can get back to what was working last year. The beginning of this year things have been a little slower and this was partially caused by a slight burn out from going so strong last year. Not to brag but last year was pretty awesome for work. Although I have been enjoying the video games, family time and sleep I know that it’s time to get the blogging, the updates and the sharing back up to speed. Sometimes being sick and taking a rest for a bit is just what you need to snap you back to reality and get you pointed in the right direction.

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