Salvage the dignity.

If you’re the incumbent on a pitch and you’re getting signals that you can’t win, then there’s a good chance that you’re a dead duck.  Resign with dignity.  Then you’ll be free to put your efforts toward another client in the same category.  Perhaps one who doesn’t hate your guts.

Resigning will rob your existing client of the delight of firing you.  It will save thousands of dollars that would be wasted by participating in a review.  It will make everyone at the agency feel like they work at a stand-up joint.

Sure.  It’s a lemon.  You know what to do.


David Fowler is a writer and executive creative director in New York.
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