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“It’s like all stereotypes,” he says. “It wasn’t universally true, but there were a lot of people like that. You felt that you had to shape your work to their tastes if you had any chance of getting things through…. I’ve heard it said a lot: where are the big characters of advertising these days? But I’m not a big character. I’m quite quiet. And the trouble with a lot of these big characters is they were twats.”
Grieve believes that the ‘if you’re not coming in on Saturday don’t bother coming in on Monday’ mentality is well past its sell-by date and no longer landing with creatives – if it ever really did. Instead, he believes CCOs have a duty to set the stage and create the conditions for teams to feel happy expressing themselves.