A couple of my friends in planningland sent me emails which I thought might be of use / interest to the last few planners reading this that I've not driven off with videos of trees and bad percussion.
First, Regan sent this:
In need of senior strategic planners!! We* are seeking senior and PD level planners for positions in NYC, SF and LA. The senior level roles need 6-7 yrs of planning experience and it goes up from there. If you've got a strong mind, you play well with others, need little supervision, are nice, like to cook, enjoy Parcheesi and reruns of "Freaks and Geeks", and can't live without facebook and Skype, we might just have a job for you. Really, if you just hit on those first few - send us your resume. Send resumes to: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate in the subject line: Planner. We will respond to you as quickly as possible. Thank you!
* - "We" are outside recruiters working for assorted agencies in those 3 cities. I'm Regan DeKoning and I was the recruiter at Wieden in Portland from '00-'06. My partner, Joan Stephens was the recruiting manager at adidas from '02-'07. We'd love to see your resume.
Second, Mark sent this:
It's 40 years ago this summer that Stanley and Stephen came up with this wierd thing called account planning. It's been a great ride for many of us and in many ways much better than working! Thing is a week today, I'm standing up with my chum Domenico in front of a paying audience and talking about what comes next in planningland
And rather than pretend he and I have anything new, novel or even relevant to say, we decided to crowdsource the answers...(in other words, we will rely on other people's suggestions) We've set up a wiki, go there, give one piece of advice to future generation (and to make it our preso a more entertaining show), please cut and paste the URL of a youtube video that brings this alive. Already we've had great responses from Judie Lannon (editor of Market Leader and one of JWTs first ever planners), Dan O'Donahue (Global Planning Chief for Publicis) and the Spectator Magazine's Wikiman, Rory Sutherland.
But it'd be great to have yours, too. Go on, it's easy. Just one piece of advice and a youtube video