Mark Graham on Effective Ways to Manage Creative Teams

In Chapter 13 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "How Are You Learning to Work More Effectively with Different Personality Types?" Graham finds managing creative teams as a team leader comes down to understanding what space each creative employee needs to be successful. Graham also shares what the team needs to be successful with employees and finds common ground where the individual has flexibility while staying aligned to team goals.

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