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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In Chapter 15 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "How Are You Becoming a Better Teacher?" Graham shares how in a role that requires him to produce content and manage a team that produces content, he finds identifying teaching moments key to building productive bonds with this team. A big part of this is learning to be a better listener to understand different points of view specific to team members. Mark Graham is currently a managing editor at MTV
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Mark Graham on How to Socialize Your Successes in an Entry-Level Job
In Chapter 8 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "What Did You Learn in Your First Job Out of College That is Still Relevant Today?" In an entry-level marketing assistant job, Graham learns the importance of socializing his successes on the job. As an entry-level hire working in a large corporation, Graham learns to clearly explain to others the value he contributes to a project and how that relates to the company's success as a whole.
Mark Graham on Essential Advice Every Intern Needs to Know
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Mark Graham on How Reflection Informs Growth as a Manager
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Mark Graham on Assessing Fit Interviewing Job Candidates
In Chapter 12 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "How Do You Assess Fit When Interviewing People for a Job?" As a hiring manager who regularly interviews job candidates for writing and digital media jobs, Graham looks not only for talent but also for alignment of interests and skills to the brand's audience expectations. He makes sure to set clear expectations on what he is seeking from a job candidate and in the job description.
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Courtney Spence on Being a More Flexible Manager and Leading Through Change
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Mark Graham on the Career Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education
In Chapter 7 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, media executive Mark Graham answers "Where Has Your Liberal Arts Education Been Most Valuable in Your Career?" Studying liberal arts at the University of Michigan exposes Graham to a wide array of subjects. Graham takes this approach in his career, building a broad set of experiences working in marketing and digital media before transitioning into television and editorial publishing jobs.
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