We’ve long used sports metaphors to describe business situations: “they dropped the ball,” “we hit it out of the park,” or a project launch is “down to the wire.” But, unlike sports, where every other team has to lose in order for one to win, the modern business environment is more about innovating and creating better value for customers than it is about crushing the competition. But the world of sports still has a lot to teach us about how to approach the work itself.
We’re just back from a week in Cannes with tens of thousands of the world’s top creative professionals. From the presentations, to the awards within the Palais, to the natural beauty all along La Croisette, this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity was packed with insights and intriguing ideas. In our chats with Weera Saad, Marcus Peterzell, Hesta Prynn, and others, we’ve tried to convey some of the excitement from the perspectives of our peers. But I also wanted to highlight a few of the top takeaways from my own experience at the festival.
These days we’ve got all kinds of flexibility. Laptops, mobile devices, and cloud-based services make it easy to work how—and where—we want. But a recent Gallup poll reveals that, while the number of people working remotely is going up, less than half of those surveyed said they worked off-site at least some of the time. So why are so many of us still working at a traditional desk, in a more-or-less traditional office? Sure, there are a few compelling reasons worth considering—face time with your boss, in-person access to your colleagues, or getting a slice of that carrot cake over in accounting.
We’ve come a long way since Dropbox began. What started as a service to store and access your files has become a place to share, create, and collaborate, both at home and at work. To honor you, the Dropbox community—and the many ways you’ve helped shape Dropbox’s evolution—we created an illustration to capture our customers in action. Below, we break down the various ways people use Dropbox today.
Shahwir (Weera) Saad is a creative chameleon. With 22 years in the industry, Weera has run the gamut of brand-building roles, from creative production to business planning. Now the Regional Head of the Creative Shop at Facebook, Weera works with partners to bring their creative ideas to life. We chatted to Weera about the rich tapestry of creativity that surrounds us all, and why you should dig deeper to the idea behind the idea.
If your work gets stalled in “hurry up and wait” mode, that ebb in your workflow can be especially frustrating when you have deadlines looming. The good news is, you don’t have to sit idle while you wait for files. Dropbox can help you collect them. Here are three examples of how our file requests feature lets you cast your net and reel in what you need to proceed.