“Who is Kristian Terry?“
As Kristian and I are about to begin our interview, we soon find a lot of common ground. Not the least of which is the TV show Mad Men, which paints a picture of an office where creative minds try to find footing in the real business world. The fourth season opens on a reporter asking the main character: “Who is Don Draper?,” a question that might not get a comprehensive answer quickly, or at all. For those who want to know, their best bet is to focus on the man’s work, and the relationships he builds with his teammates over time.
Understanding the job of the Creative Director for a global eLearning company may take you down a similar route. In a world built on compliance and strict budgeting, Kristian’s role is to not just keep creative vision alive, but thriving and soaking into as many spaces as possible. It’s probably here where his similarities with the Madison Ave. guys end. Despite the title, Kristian thinks of himself as an introvert, who sees his main job as a “parrot” of everyone’s ideas.
But despite his aversion for the spotlight —or because of it— Kristian offers a refreshing and encompassing view of his role, where the critical task of articulating a single vision is the result of vigorous team debate and collaboration, and with each new voice enriching it.
Kristian and I spoke online about his colorful background, his approach to creativity at work, and his thoughts on what eLearning can be for people and companies globally.