Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with Imagine!

In honor of Thanksgiving, Imagine team members share their favorite recipes and tips. Bon appétit! Melissa: This year, Melissa is trying Rachael Ray’s recipe for Apple Cider Turkey Breast, Cranberry Sauce and Butternut Squash with Sage Butter. Nadia: Nadia first made Ham in Coca Cola for a Sunday dinner after seeing it made on an…
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Marketing is more than an activity

The American Marketing Association Board of Directors describes marketing as an activity, set of institutions and processes for creating, communicating, delivering and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners and society at large. Not an exciting or engaging description is it? I agree it’s an activity, but I would have used the word…
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Shut up and work!

Shut up and work. We all get frustrated. We feel impatient. We feel discouraged. We try to shift the pieces so they make sense. The belief that the world is a puzzle for you to decode is discouraging, de-motivating and just plain inaccurate. Shut up and work. All that noise feels like progress, but in…
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‘Stay patient, stay humble.’ – D.J. Allen

My first official graphic request for the purposes of marketing came from D.J. Allen 13 years ago when he worked as marketing director for HBC Publications. I’d worked for them as a freelance editorial cartoonist, so they gave me a shot at doing a graphic depicting a man leaping over a huge pile of pennies…
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Farewell, “sweetheart”

In two short weeks, our own Amber Stidham will officially join a team of professionals to help launch one of the most highly anticipated, cutting-edge performing arts center in the United States, The Smith Center. As our team prepares to say good-bye to our resident “long timer,” I can’t help but take a few moments…
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Creative maturity: managing your ego

Much of our lives are spent analyzing things like the environment, politics, society, economics, art, parenting, crime, war, religion, etc. The list could go on forever. But one vital thing we tend to forget to do is to acknowledge our own ego amidst our day-to-day lives. It is our ego that motivates most of our…
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A good work environment starts at the top.

Earn the respect of your staff by employing some simple workplace strategies. The following are thoughts for business leaders to consider in their own work environments. #1 Protect your people. Your people need to feel (and know) that you have their back. Understanding that the ultimate goal is to create an efficient and profitable work…
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Stan Lee method of creating comics based on trust

I have always been a Stan Lee fan – mainly for his creative accomplishments and innovation in the field of comic books. If you don’t already know, he is the creator of Marvel Comics. During the early years he was confronted with the daunting task of creating a 32-page graphic novel on deadline. He figured…
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Talent requires enormous time

Mastery of any skill comes from the vigorous and consistent practice of it and having the opportunity to immerse yourself in it as much as possible. I think that everyone, EVERYONE, has greatness within them. Greatness is not a thing that is granted at birth, in my opinion. I am a pretty good artist –…
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“Are you ready for the pain?”

The fourth grade was no treat for me. I was a skinny kid then (hard to believe looking at me now), debilitatingly shy (again, hard to believe) and a constant daydreamer (which placed me on the low end of average when it came to academics). Compounded by the fact that I was new to Good…
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