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.

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

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!

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.

Looks like Jake has taken over my desk while I’ve been away!?

Looks like Jake has taken over my desk while I’ve been away!?

What if you could have the best of both worlds—an excellent charitable giving program that also produces better business results?

At Good360, we are redefining charitable giving by creating a circle of good that includes companies, charities and individuals working together to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient and more effective.

Client: Good360
Production Company: LooseKeys
Creative Director: Brad Chmielewski
Illustration: Jake Williams
Animation: Jake WilliamsBrad Chmielewski & Ethan Barnowsky
Sound Design: Maeve Price
Voice Over: Joseph Zieja
Software: Adobe After Effects

What if you could see the direct impact each dollar you donate has on the communities and causes you care most about—and know exactly where and how your gift is being used?

Client: Good360
Production Company: LooseKeys
Creative Director: Brad Chmielewski
Illustration: Jake Williams
Animation: Jake WilliamsBrad Chmielewski & Ethan Barnowsky
Sound Design: Maeve Price
Voice Over: Joseph Zieja
Software: Adobe After Effects

If you’re searching for a simple way to create beautiful, custom, interactive digital publications, look no further than Joomag.

Client: Joomag
Production Company: LooseKeys
Creative Director: Brad Chmielewski
Illustration: Jake Williams
Animation: Brad Chmielewski & Ethan Barnowsky
Sound Design: Maeve Price
Voice Over: Brad Ziffer
Software: Adobe After Effects

It is time to enjoy the restaurant business again. Learn more about simplified sourcing at ChefShopper.com.

Client: ChefShopper
Production Company: LooseKeys
Copywriter: Alice Oglethorpe
Creative Director: Brad Chmielewski
iIllustration: Jake Williams
Animation: Brad ChmielewskiJake Williams & Ethan Barnowsky
Sound Design: Maeve Price
Voice Over: Brad Ziffer
Software: Adobe After Effects

This week at LooseKeys I got pretty excited to find out it was Pie Day only to find out it wasn’t that kind of pie.

This week at LooseKeys I got pretty excited to find out it was Pie Day only to find out it wasn’t that kind of pie.

Getting Over The Hump

What happens when you feel like you get to a point in your business that it feels stuck? In the beginning when you started the business it was a bit of a struggle; the long hours and the stress of having it all on your shoulders kept your mind racing. Now things have calmed down a bit, you’ve been working hard putting in the hours, growing the business and it’s still moving forward but what’s next? What you’ve been doing has worked so far and it’s been good for your business but you are ready for it to progress. Everything is working and it’s comfortable but it feels a little too safe. Comfort doesn’t make amazing work and change the world. Ok, change the world might be a little out there but you get the idea. 

This is where I feel LooseKeys is at right now; we’re killing it, working with great clients, making work I love but let’s do more. It’s time to get over the hump, up the hill and build the business more. How? Good question… I think it comes down to not being scared. As I move LooseKeys forward I’ve come to understand that the way I might be doing things isn’t always the best way; I don’t have all the answers. I’ve been open to learning how other people have started their business, get work and make their company stand out. I think that finding the most effective ways to do things is at the heart of getting over that hump. One of the best ways I’ve found to move forward is to ask the people working with you what they might want to see happen with the company, maybe its something you haven’t thought of before. Being in a creative business you have to bounce ideas off the team daily so it makes sense to me to discuss the future of the sbusiness with others in the team as well. Getting over the hump isn’t a battle you have to do alone. 

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