Coming back to work early, isn't all doom and gloom, as Michele's been finding out. Read her blog about giving yourself time to explore new things and think creatively.

Thanks to technology, consumers are more in control than ever before. Are you ready for what's coming next and how are you going to make the most of people power? Our team mate Hannah shares what she learnt from the likes of Google, Twitter and The Huffington Post at the ad:tech conference in Sydney last week.