I'm not sure what's happened in the last few years but the agency business has becoming a closed, shrinking creative system. Every day the best and brightest young talent leaves the industry to join (or just bypass the industry all together) digital alternatives from start-ups to established digital players and other, more innovative established players in other industries (IDEO is an example). They might think of themselves in the marketing and advertising businesses but they don't want to take the traditional path. Working their way up through the creative ranks not only seems too slow but much too political and bureaucratic.
Likewise, it's hard for many of the long timers in the Agency Industrial Complex (AIC) to understand. The long held and established career path with its rewards and perks seduces them. A great example of which came across the industry's social media feed with posts from the #Andys50 judging, a boondoggle of sorts for the industries creative elite.