At Tango Card, we are constantly evolving as a team and learning how to work together in new and different ways. One way we make sure this happens is by bringing captivating people in to share their stories. We call this CHIPs, or CHats with Interesting People. A guest speaker will come in and tell us about where they came from and what it took to get there. We then have the opportunity to ask them questions. These are CEOs, founders, artists, and everything in between.
This week, we were lucky to sit down and chat with Dave Zaboski. Dave is a classically trained painter, illustrator, and animator. He’s worked at Disney, Sony, and Warner Bros where he helped animate some of the world’s most contemporary classics such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove and Fantasia 2000. His talent is so palpable that Dave was even pulled out of a crowd by an enlightened master who invited him back to India, where he furthered his studies with energy and art. He uses these ideas to create a thought into a thing; whether it be with a paintbrush, Ticonderoga pencil, or an animation. This week, Dave brought his amazing energy into Tango Card and showed us what he does with it.
We learned about “plusing”, a term coined at Disney, which means that a team builds and works off of each other while driving each other forward to the finish line. We heard examples about the difference between effective plusing and how things can really get de-railed when plusing is not a priority. Essentially, it means that teamwork and collaboration are key for any success, whether it be for animating a classic Disney film or creating a campaign for a product launch. Dave explained how important it is to collaborate with team members by effectively evolving an idea or concept, twisting it and turning it in different directions in order to make it into something.
Dave also had the team participate in a hands-on activity where we made three separate lists. On the first list, called the “A-list”, we wrote down what things worried us that we couldn’t control ourselves. People called out answers like “traffic!” or “the weather” or more sobering, “mortality”. Dave then had us write down a “B-List”, these were broader things that we wanted to do. Some of these responses were “mission travel” or “master my career”, things we all strived to do one day. The next list was the “D+list”, these were things we wanted to accomplish that day or week. People said things like “eat healthier” or “go to the DMV”. Dave then had us rip out our “A-list”, crumple it in a ball and then throw it on the floor. He said we shouldn’t waste time worrying about things that are out of our control. By physically throwing the paper to the ground, we were exercising the metaphor of ridding these thoughts from our minds. Then, Dave explained that we should focus on the “B and D+ lists”. He had us star one thing on each we wanted to accomplish. These are the things we need to focus on, he said. An exercise he himself practices weekly; it was a great way to look at the thoughts and things that consume us and how to determine what we keep, and what we need to just crumple up and toss on the floor.
Dave’s energy will be hard to get rid of in the Tango Card office. I think we’ll end up keeping it, absorbing it, and seeing what we can all create from there.
To learn more about Dave, check out his website here.
Written by Kasia McCormick
Kasia may be a fresh face on the Tango Card marketing team but her background in hospitality and PR make her the total package when it comes to telling Tango Card customers’ stories and organizing our customer advocate program. She also blends perfectly on the marketing team, where the two main themes are German Shepherds and tequila.