May 19, 2017

Top 5 Fridays: Future Tech, Leading Teams, and More!

When you’re working at a digital agency, keeping up with almost half a dozen departments is no easy task…but someone’s got to do it! Fortunately, here at Blackstone Media, that ‘someone’ is actually two people. Technology has made it easy for CEO Taylor Trusty to keep in touch with each team 24/7 all the way from New York, while Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Brady stays on the ground in Louisville. So far, this unique dynamic has only led to increased productivity for the design, development, client services, and marketing teams.

A closeup shot of a laptop sitting at a desk, surrounded by a notebook, a cell phone, and a clock - everything one needs for leading a team remotely.

Still, just like everyone else, Taylor and Rebecca have to continuously refine and expand their own leadership skills. In that spirit, we’ve collected five relevant articles that they shared with the Blackstone Media team or on social media this past week. Check it out to see what’s been inspiring the Blackstone Media leadership!

1. Ten Year Futures
“Most thoughtful piece on ten year future of tech I’ve read”
-Taylor Trusty, CEO (from Twitter: @ttrusty)

2. Lessons in Leadership
“A great compilation of quotes from some interesting thought leaders. Easy and quick motivational reading for some serious inspiration.”
-Rebecca Brady, Chief Operating Officer

3. You’re Too Busy. You Need a ‘Shultz Hour.’
“’You waste years by not being able to waste hours.’”
-Taylor Trusty, CEO (from Twitter: @ttrusty)

4. The Secrets of Great Teamwork
“Diverse teams are essential in today’s digital workplaces. Those teams (and their leaders) also need direction, structure, and support to accomplish their goals. The work environment of today might look drastically different from those of the 80s, 90s, and even the aughts, but intensive collaboration and feedback are still at the heart of success. It’s so important for leaders to understand this.”
-Rebecca Brady, Chief Operating Officer

5. How many jobs really require college?
“The idea that if you didn’t go to college you can’t be successful (outside of tech) is harmful and shameful.”
-Taylor Trusty, CEO (from Twitter: @ttrusty)