This summer, attending the Do Lectures in Wales, I gave the most personal talk of my life. I talk about my divorce and my spiritual journey as an entrepreneur. I admit, I am a bit nervous sharing this. Deep breaths.
Here’s an idea for you to cut through all the small talk, next time you host a party:
A few days ago I experimented with a “Cheese Personality Party”. Everyone had to bring a cheese that reflects their personality in some way or the other. Once everyone was present, we stood in a circle around the cheeses and listened to everyone’s reasoning for their choice. I was surprised how honest, sometimes vulnerable and sometimes just plain funny the thinking was. I will definitely do this again. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Looking at a cheese board filled with your friends’ personalities is simply the best.
My friends Stephanie and Jonathan Fields definitely made us laugh by bringing a cheesecake. Well played!
It’s been quiet on here. I realize. I spent the past few days with my dad in the hospital, in Switzerland, holding his hand and telling him over and over how much I love him. Wish I would have done that more often sooner. Maybe you can?
Also, what’s a word that describes both heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time?
I was asked yesterday “What do you do for fun?” I had to think. Spend time with my kids. Sit on my stoop. Host dinner parties. I couldn’t come up with a typical ‘hobby’ though. My work is my passion and is FUN.
And then this morning, I read this Tweet:
Creatives, if you ever have the luxury of your profession and your passion aligning to where you now get paid (in part or in full) to do “your thing” I can’t recommend enough the importance of finding some other hobby/interest on the side for pure leisure and rest.
— Patrick Michael Chin (@iampatrickchin) May 30, 2018
I need a hobby.
I appreciate the intention behind the Role Models Podcast: Interviewing women with inspiring careers so more women feel encouraged to aim higher.
And I am honored I was asked to be on it. Here’s the most recent episode with yours truly.
Thank you David for your thoughtfulness and making this so easy for me. Also, I talk a mile a minute.
13 years ago today I started this labor of love. And, I yet have to grow tired of it. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. So much!
Happy my blog birthday to you!
I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:
For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.
Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .
This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.
The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)
Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.
What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?
I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.
Do the right thing.
Make things better.
Show up with your heart.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) December 1, 2017
What an honor to have been invited to speak at Adobe MAX last week! And how delightful to find the talk already available online! In this talk I cover some of the values I base my companies on, my approach to being a leader of multiple companies and 9 of my favorite interview questions. This is by far the longest, most honest and personal talk I have ever given. I hope you enjoy!
You can watch all of the other talks here.
Come join my team! I am looking to hire a part-time studio manager for my wonderful co-working community Friends Work Here. The ideal candidate has a big heart and enjoys making people feel welcome and connected, loves keeping a space tidy and being surrounded by creative minds. As the studio manager of FWH you set the tone, are the soul of this community.
Don't trust leadership that lacks heart and a strong moral compass.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) September 5, 2017
Last week I signed up to a new newsletter called The Wak Up, run by Sally Rumble who has been educating herself on race relations, racial justice, white supremacy, and privilege in America over the past eight years.
She is sharing what’s she’s learned and guiding us through this difficult and confusing time. Please do yourself a favor and sign up for The Wake Up Newsletter.
My heart is bleeding over this morally corrupt administration and recent developments in Charlottesville. I am grateful for Sally’s guidance in understanding what actions I can take.
I am writing this while vacationing in Switzerland. It’s surreal to follow what’s happening in the US from afar. My heart hurts.
I am off to the Swiss Alps today! Posts might be lighter than usual during the next two weeks. But don’t you worry, I’ll be back refreshed early September! Dig into my archives to find some old gems by clicking on “Show Category Filters” above. Happy Summer everyone!
When I talk to my friends who run companies or are in hiring positions, I usually ask them for their favorite interview question. Here are some of mine that I collected over the years:
– What do you know about us?
– What did you like about your last job? Why did you leave?
– Tell me something about yourself that I can’t find out on Google!
– Who do you admire?
– What’s a reason why I should not hire you?
– What do you do when you’re not working?
– What’s something you’re bad at that you really wish you were good at.
– What’s your favorite part of your current or previous job?
– What’s your secret superpower?
– When was the last time you wore a costume? And what was it?
– What’s the shittiest job you’ve ever had?
– What are you learning right now?
– How do you organize your closet?
– What would the title of your autobiography be?
– Tell me about some people you’ve helped in your career.
– I’m going to give you 5 minutes. Teach me something new. Anything!
– If I was to ask your friends 3 words to describe you what would they be?
– When is the last time you went out of your way to do something nice for someone?
– What are the biggest values you think your parents taught you?
– When is it okay to break the rules?
– What is an article or book you read recently that changed your mind about something?
– If you had a magic wand, what would you like to be know for?
– Give me a single sentence to tell our CEO about you when I see her later today.
– If you weren’t getting paid for what you do, would you still be doing it?
– How does this position relate to what you really want to be doing?
– What do you dream of?
– What is the thing that breaks your heart?
– What are you pretending you don’t know?
– What do you want?
Do you remember being asked an interesting interview question? What was it?
UPDATE: Inc.com featured 10 of my favorite interview questions after seeing this post.
A few days ago I walked into the bathroom in our office building and saw the above situation played out. I took a photo and posted it on our internal Slack channel, expressing my frustration. My studiomate Jeff, took it to the next level and got quite philosophical.
“Dear person who thinks this is OK, I assure you that when you figure out how to break through whatever is holding you back from putting the roll of toilet paper on the axle, there is no telling what you can achieve in life. You can do it. We’re all counting on you.”
Made me smile.
I would pay for getting the chronological feed back in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The algorithm is officially ruining the experience.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) June 5, 2017
For all my non-US friends and followers: Please know that I feel *deeply* embarrassed for the actions of this current administration.
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) June 1, 2017