Thursday, June 17, 2010


Tomorrow, MORRIS is having our first ever FedEx day. Inspired by Daniel Pink’s book Drive, FedEx Day can be described as a day of creation, where you start with an idea that intrinsically motivates you, and you make that idea a reality by the end of the day. Thus the FedEx reference—deliver in a day.

I’m particularly excited about the opportunity, because not only do I relate to and LOVE Daniel Pink’s philosophies, I’m stoked to have the opportunity to create something. And I’m stoked for two reasons.

First, I’ve always considered myself a good left/right brain combination. Lately, my work has been skewed towards the left and it’s been FOREVA since I drew something. I find that process to be cathartic and my idea, well, I think it’s kinda cool and ultimately, it could become a product for MORRIS, which I’m all about too. Anything innovative sparks passion in me.

Second, how lucky am I to work for an agency where our head honcho is willing to shut down for a day and allow us to do something we’re passionate about? I know it’s cliché, but I truly do count my blessings when it comes to my employment. Not only because the leadership at MORRIS was resourceful enough to keep us afloat during tough economic times, but also because I can’t remember a time or a job where I have learned so much, both personally and professionally. It’s because of the environment and the LACK of direction my boss, Steve Morris, has provided, that has enabled me to be self-directed and grow so much.

So, while I’m not at liberty to discuss my project—yet—let’s just say IGTR!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Pièce de Résistance... a Handwritten Thank You Note

Upon completion of a project, take the time to think about all of the people who participated in the job—from your client(s) to your vendor(s) to the folks in between.

Keep the big picture in mind and remember, without those people, either your job wouldn't exist, or you'd have a tough time getting it done alone.

It's our practice at MORRIS to send handwritten thank you cards to our client(s), vendor(s) and all those who have helped us along the way.

Showing your appreciation for the people who choose to work with you and the people who make you look good, is an integral step in building future relationships. I can't tell you how many times we've received a thank you for our thank yous. It's a rarity in this day and age—to recognize people in this manner.

Here are a couple of the comments we've received from people re: their thank yous.

"We got your cards. THANK YOU! Your whole crew is great. ...and no one ever remembers to thank pressmen. It makes their day, and I think means more to them hearing it from you instead of me."

"THANK EVERYONE for the lovely card. You all are too nice."

"By the way ,I saw the card you sent to our pressman. You people are the most considerate group of folks I think I've ever worked with."

"WOW! I received your Thank You card in the mail today and was blown away at the thoughtfulness that you all took the time to send it in the first place. It's not often where someone takes the time just to tell you thank you let alone send such a beautiful card. I just wanted everyone over at Morris to know that it was really a pleasant surprise. It's also not only my pleasure to do work with you all, but it is also very appreciated, and I'll always do my best to give you outstanding service. Thanks again and have a wonderful day (weekend)."

"Thank you for the sweet sweet thank you card! Tarik and I both received them today and it totally made me smile on this dreary day! You guys are so awesome to work with, always so incredibly thoughtful. Not a lot of companies (or people for that matter) take the time out to say thank you these days. I haven't even met some of the people who sign these cards, either! You all are so sweet! :-) Smiles to you and the MORRIS team today (everyday, really)!"

So get out your pencil and paper... and let someone know just how important they are!!! You just might make their day!