Today’s teams work together constantly, whether they’re brainstorming ideas, delegating tasks, or providing feedback. But that often means they have to keep switching windows and hopping between different software, which winds up creating more busywork. Shouldn’t a team’s tools get out of the way, helping them stay focused on the work itself? With this in mind, we’re announcing a new integration between Dropbox Paper—the single space for your team to create and share work—and Slack, a digital workplace that connects you to the people and tools you work with everyday.
I’m delighted to welcome Meg Whitman to our Board of Directors. Meg is a true business titan and has been a trusted friend and advisor to me for years. Her experience and judgment will be invaluable to Dropbox as we continue to grow and scale.
Hallie Johnston is a morning person, but she gets her best creative ideas in the middle of the night. For the senior vice president at Refinery29—a lifestyle destination for the modern woman—paradoxes like these come standard. How do you make creativity a democratic exercise, while still maintaining checks and balances? How can young marketers try out new ideas without losing sight of the larger context? We sat down with Hallie to answer these questions and find out how she approaches some of her job’s trickiest challenges.
As the leader of a marketing team, the Director needs high-level visibility and control of the broader vision. Whether they’re Marketing Director, VP of Marketing, or Head of Marketing, these leaders are responsible for overseeing the project, presenting work to stakeholders, and showcasing the impact of their efforts. Because of their accountability, directors are integral to the approval process.
“When you come to the fork in the road, take it,” as the saying goes. If only decision-making were so simple. Instead, we spend countless hours comparing options, evaluating information, and sweating choices large and small. Eventually, we lose our perspective and our momentum. We come to the fork in the road and stand there, frozen by indecision.
Seth Farbman finds that creativity can happen quickly: in five-minute bursts, on a short deadline, even in the shower. But you have to get the team environment right first, and that can take months. We sat down with Spotify’s CMO to discuss the secrets of the creative process, how he motivates his team, and why the airplane cabin is his favorite space for growing ideas.