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Category : Motivation

24 Apr 2017

Lessons of Leadership

By Ashley Mayer, Lead Mission Manager   Leadership can be defined in various ways depending on whom you talk to. To me, leadership is something that I had to grow into and learn to embrace. Once I began to see the impact I could have on others through example, I began to embrace leadership. When I was in college, I was part of the track and cross-country teams, and an outstanding coach led both teams. He taught me what it […]

20 Dec 2016

Audrey Treadwell – My JJR Shadowing Experience

Of all the work that I have done at JJR, I can honestly say that I enjoyed my shadow day with Jackie the most because of the insight that it gave me into real-world marketing and the professional experience that I gained from just a few hours. The client meeting at The LaCava Center was extremely insightful in that it allowed me to meet face to face with a client for the first time ever and see the way that […]

21 Nov 2016

Business Success Begins with Collaboration

By: Elizabeth Sobiski   Just what is collaboration? Merriam-Webster defines collaboration as “to work jointly with others or together, especially in an intellectual endeavor.” For businesses, this is an essential brick in the path to success. A team that works well together produces amazing results and often exceeds expectations. Here are four tips for improving collaboration efforts: Clearly define goals. Team members need to understand what role they are playing and how that role is critical to the overall success […]

29 Sep 2016

The 20 Seconds of INSANE Courage that Changed My Life

By: Claudia Martinez, Marketing Coordinator   Looking back to December 2015, I would never have imagined where “20 Seconds of INSANE courage” would take me. December 2015 through May 2016 was perhaps one of the most difficult times of my life. In December of 2015, I graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Everything seemed perfect then. I had already received experience at internships with Telemundo Chicago, The Resurrection Project, Akira Chicago and even […]

30 Aug 2016

Ten Years, Ten Lessons for a Successful Business

Recently, I proudly hosted the 10th anniversary party for my first entrepreneurial venture, JJR Marketing, and reflected upon how I built a successful business. It’s amazing to think how my humble, solopreneur venture has become a growing, well-respected firm with a thriving, dynamic team of 14 creatives and professionals that help me service a wide range of businesses and clients. I have learned so much along the journey, and I’ve always believed that if you’ve learned something, it’s important to […]

25 May 2016

Climbing the Mountain – Tumbles Are Guaranteed

By Shirley Mott, Content Specialist at JJR Marketing   It’s time to climb the mountain. But, never, ever reach the top. Why would I ever say that? After all, isn’t it everyone’s goal to ascend to the pinnacle: of success, of popularity, of business growth? Perhaps it’s the journey that is more important, complete with missteps and tumbles. Andy Rooney once said “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re […]

25 Apr 2016

5 Ways to Make Employees Your Greatest Advocates

By Herb Escher, Dale Carnegie Training   Employees who are passionate about what they do and who they work for are natural brand advocates. Give them a chance and they’ll tell everyone the great things that are happening with the company, both in person and through social media. These people are the employees any organization would love to have. Here are five ways to create this enthusiasm within your business. Culture. Senior leaders need to be aligned with everyone else […]

08 Mar 2016

The Swimming Chameleon

By Brenda Pascoe, Mission Manager at JJR Marketing   What’s a six letter word that’s scarier than ghosts? –Change. Transitioning from college into my big girl job was a scary thought but I knew I was ready to take a leap of faith. I was one of the lucky ones because, after my last final, I started working with JJR the following day! Things happened so fast fear itself did not get a chance to catch me. What I did […]

09 Feb 2016

Tell Me You Love Me

By Michele Kelly, Senior Content Editor   Or at least tell me that you love the things I love. Because if you do, I just might buy what you’re selling. Wait, what??!!? If I whispered those words of endearment to one of my clients, I might be escorted out of the building by a nice man in a blue uniform. Yet, that’s the sentiment behind cause marketing, the epitome of corporate marriages. The union of for-profits with nonprofits defies criticism. […]

18 Jan 2016

New Beginnings

It’s strange to think another year has come and gone. And it’s even stranger to think the year 2000 is just as far away as the year 2030. At the turn of the New Year, we often focus on what’s to come. And while that sort of optimism and hopefulness is welcomed, we must also remember what 2015 has brought to us and what we have brought to 2015. We need to assess what worked and what didn’t, what made […]