This is a little different from what I usually post. But since I haven't had enough time to gather my own thoughts, I thought I'd share a little inspiration from others (all smarter than I am).
A few weeks ago, John Moore over at Brand Autopsy posted a list of his favorite articles from Fast Company magazine (back when it was worth reading every page and not just every third issue). Among his favorite articles was this gem by Bruce Mau.
I discovered Bruce's Manifesto years ago, then was thrilled when Fast Company posted parts of it. The original is a bit longer (and better). Click here to read it. I've shared it with many of the talented people I've worked with over the years. Most seem to appreciate Bruce's advice.
However, if you feel a little contrarian (or are simply fed up with the black Armani-wearing, goatee-sporting, poetry-reading creative working on your overdue campaign), you might enjoy this send up of the manifesto.
More recently, I stumbled across this gem at Design Observer: Top Ten Things They Never Taught Me in Design School. This will undoubtably appeal more to designers, than the typical marketing professional, but there's some good advice for all.
Lastly, thanks to the boys at American Copywriter, I discovered this gem called 7 Things I Learned at Weiden + Kennedy. This too, will appeal more to "creatives" than "suits". Still, there are a few good ideas here that apply to anyone looking to be successful.