With the handfuls of career moves in a lifetime, many are planned, others just appear in your life for a reason. Being able to call Ideas that Kick my new creative home was certainly one of those unexpected opportunities–I will expect decades from now I will consider it to be the best move of my career.
Ideas that Kick is a 11-person shop downtown Minneapolis co-owned for over 15 years by the talented Mary Kemp and Stefan Hartung. Meet the other fabulous people I collaborate with daily. Kick partners with the best in case web development, consumer insight groups and animation studios to create branding for a wide variety of clients.
Ideas that Kick innovates branding and business opportunities—by design. The Minneapolis-based design agency elevates client branding, product development, package design and online engagement strategies to transform words and images into action. To woo and wow consumers.
Making the Minneapolis Egotist front page on Moving Mondays last month broke the news to many of my friends and network:
“Summer flew by faster than ever this year,” says Mary Kemp, Kick President and Brand Strategist. “Exciting new clients and incredible new projects from clients we’ve worked with for years flew through the office on what seemed like a daily basis. So we’re thrilled to announce a new addition on our account strategy team. Our new Senior Strategic Account Manager, Tricia Leanger, will be bringing fresh marketing communication and social media thinking to every client relationship. That’s vital to branding success in 2014.”
“Tricia’s approach is one of partnership with her clients and she is results-focused. That is what made Tricia a stand-out candidate to us, as this is our same approach at Kick” adds Kemp. “She seeks solutions and will stop at nothing until the right one is unearthed to help elevate her clients, and her internal team. We are thrilled she has joined Kick — as are our clients!”
Many interviews over the last decade at local agencies, corporate companies for permanent and contract positions and I have never been through an interview process that really focused on “the fit”. Making sure that my energy, background and drive to succeed melted well with the current hard-working designers and strategists. Kick cares about a strong-talented-collaborative group that truly respects each other and plays well on and off the field.
Advice on finding a kick-ass job (hey it’s my blog):
- Remember that every person you meet can influence your career path.
- YOU design your own journey.
- Be real. Be nice. Be you.
- Know what things you really enjoy and understand what things you need to work on and strengthen to become better.
- Do NOT be afraid to leave a job that is just OK or just fine for now.
- Also remember that clients may come and go, but the owners of your company will more than likely stick around; so respect them and really like them before accepting that job offer.
your Kick gal