What defines a “creative industry”?
Generally, “creative” companies in various sectors create ‘widgets’ that are unique and based on intellectual inspiration. Creative fields include: advertising, architecture, publishing, software, art, design, fashion, film, music, games, TV, video games, etc….
|Have you seen anything like this on the market?|
The creative individual’s personal “brand” is the value they add to their organization, thus, they wear their brand proudly on their sleeve.
|Uzo of Nars Cosmetics dictating her own brand of professional-wear. She is a recognized for the originality she contributes to her field. She is paid to think outside the box. Her individuality and creative discoveries inspire others in her field.|
Traditional corporate environments emphasize the organization’s vision, and each employee’s objective is to execute orders given from the top of the chain. There is less importance placed on a person’s uniqueness. If you’re not in position to command orders, you’re not being paid to come up with ideas. Ideas and best practices are provided to you.
In other words, each group or functional division operates as one unit (read: everyone dresses alike) carrying out tasks outlined by the head of their departments. A blueprint for how things are done most effectively is in place and provides guidelines for the most efficient way tasks should be carried out.
The focus is on the organization as a whole and the objective is to carry-out processes vital for the organization’s life. Innovative ideas are provided by the organization’s leaders whose experience and expertise provide the group with the best direction to take. Leadership in these organizations are paid to figure things out and make decisions; others are paid to carry them out.
|“Separately, we are organized, results-driven and efficient. Together, we are a well-functioning machine that will ensure your day-to-day operations are run effectively.”|
|“Our business unit has a process in place that can produce those widgets in half the time. We, as a unit, are important to the organization’s bottom line.”|
|Each individual piece must fit well and operate under the same cadence to make the machine run smoothly.|
|“Hi, everyone. I look just like my teammates in my collared, button-up shirt, and neutral-colored palette. Also, this practical handbag carries useful tools making me a productive member of the organization.”|
|“Give me an assignment, and you can consider it done. I have a Navy Seals background and my goal is to help carry our team forward.”|
While I make broad generalizations to illustrate my points, each office has its own culture and a smart job candidate will observe his/her surroundings to gain an understanding of culture. Until then, prevent being a distraction by erring on the traditional side and observe people to understand what is generally acceptable in your new office environment.
Any healthy and productive organization will incorporate elements of each “type” in varying degrees depending on short-term and long-term goals.
(**note: representations of “styles” in the above images are in sterile and generic form to illustrate points more clearly. We understand this is not necessarily an accurate representation of groups as wholes. Again, images are for demonstrative purposes only. Thanks.)