It sounds like you're working in a candy store, Jill.
‘It's not all sunshine and rainbows, this is a hard job. But I still love going to work every day, and recognizing those moments of awe, of creativity, of an idea you can't wait to bring to the company, to the team, to market.’
Who inspires you most?
‘My mom. She has multiple sclerosis and is one of the strongest, sometimes stubbornest, slightly annoying people, I know. She does not adhere to boundaries that are set for her, and she's raised my sister and me in the same way.’
What do you do when you want to be creative?
‘I do believe that both walking and running gets you in that meditative state. I always end the day with a walk, even a short one. It's my ability to transition out of work and into regular life and family. And I find that to be a place where the best ideas come with incredible clarity.’
Do you have a morning ritual?
‘Always. I'm an incredibly routinized human being. My first hour of my day is about a really good cup of coffee and my favourite things to do, read, or catch up on. I then always work out and scan my email. My job requires that I make sure there's nothing urgent or crisis, but I don't engage with them until I've had that hour to myself and a really solid workout. I just know I'm a better person, because of that. It really affects my mood and my creativity during the day.’
What do you love most about being a Chief Marketing Officer?
‘I love that awe that I mentioned earlier. There's a whole bunch of different types of creativity. In my agency days, creatives were the creatives. But I learned very early on that creative producers, strategy teams, account people, can all manoeuvre things. Creativity takes many, many forms and it's very rare. I mentioned doing one on ones earlier; I try to do them daily but I definitely have several a week. I’m constantly finding out simple things people are doing that are just smart, creative ideas. So, it's almost like your birthday where there's just surprise after surprise, good news after good news. And then when you're dealing with the hard things, you’ve got this tool kit of all the great ideas and thoughts and people and talent that you can put against those problems. That way, everything feels a lot more manageable.’