A Mad-Manesque Approach to Creative Culture.


Post-pandemic, monitoring and embedding culture matters more than ever. Employees industrywide are reconsidering their personal and professional values.

Yet this risks being deprioritised in the hunt for lockdown-lost revenue and profits.

David Ogilvy is reputed for his brilliance in understanding and maximising consumer habits in the advertising business. But his company has also maintained a culture that inspires loyal customers and employees.

Ogilvy 8 Habits of Culture

Ogilvy believed 8 habits defined people and drove creativity. As noted in Blogilvy, these were explained for employees rather than just mounted as a list of dry words on a corporate wall. A useful reminder in today's environment.

1. COURAGE Fear is a demon that devours the soul of an agency: it diminishes the quality of our imagination, it dulls our appetite for adventure, it sucks away our youth. 2. IDEALISM How great we become depends on the size of our dreams. Let’s dream humongous dreams, put on our overalls, go out there and build them. 3. CURIOSITY An endless trail of ideas floats in the ether. You will only see them if you are curious. For a start, we have to ask stupid questions like a pesky 6-year-old. 4. PLAYFULNESS The man loved a good joke, especially one with some ‘wind’ in it. All our art, all our science and all our philosophy have been invented by playful people, not serious people. 5. CANDOUR We are a company of problem-solvers. Our job requires us to be brutally honest and totally dedicated to the truth. 6. INTUITION

The creative director thought it was funny. The managing director thought it was funny. The chairman thought it was funny. The tea lady thought it was funny. The client thought it was funny. The client’s wife thought it was funny. The client’s butcher thought it was funny. Okay now, let’s research it to see if it’s funny. All our finest thoughts and best ideas are not the work of the logical mind, but gifts from the unconscious. 7. FREE-SPIRITEDNESS Rule 1. There are no rules. Rule 2. Never forget rule one. 8. PERSISTENCE Never give in. Never give in. Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never. If the client kills your ad, do him a better one. If he kills that better one, do him an even better one. If he kills that even better one, do him your damn best one.

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