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Leadership

Navigating Your Team Through Failure

After a failed project, many teams simply move forward to the next one, without a postmortem. This is a huge mistake. It’s important that you seize those failures and mistakes and turn them into growth moments for your team. Otherwise, people are likely to commit the same mistakes again. Some of the biggest coaching opportunities you’ll have are in the moments when an individual or the team has failed.
Navigating Your Team Through Failure
Mindset

The Dangers Of Keeping Score

Have you ever felt anxious about your job, but you don’t know why? Everything is going well, or at least according to plan, and there is nothing obvious that should be causing anxiety. Yet, when bedtime rolls around, you struggle to get to sleep, and you have a perpetual sense that you’re falling behind. Falling behind? Behind what, exactly?
The Dangers Of Keeping Score
Creating

Create Work That Lasts (Interview for Chase Jarvis LIVE)

A few weeks ago I had the chance to travel to LA for an interview with one of my favorite creators and entrepreneurs, Chase Jarvis. Chase is an incredible photographer, and is the co-founder of CreativeLIVE, a platform designed to help creative pros to learn new skills from the best in the business. In this interview, we cover everything from personal habits and rituals, to how to deal with creative doubt, to how to lead creative people effectively.
Create Work That Lasts (Interview for Chase Jarvis LIVE)
Leadership

Keep Your Leadership Fire Alive

If you lead a team of people, you have the responsibility to keep your flame burning bright and hot. Yes, you can still do your job for a while without inspiration, but eventually your team will catch on to the fact that you’re not really smoking what you’re selling, and they’ll start to wonder whether their sacrifices are really worth it.
Keep Your Leadership Fire Alive
Leadership

Are ‘Ghost Rules’ Holding Your Team Back?

Because cultures are grown, you must treat yours like a garden. Just like a good gardener, you aggressively fertilize the aspects of your team’s culture that you want in abundance and diligently prune the things you want to get rid of. This requires constant attention on your part, because if you allow a few errant behaviors to slide, you will eventually find your entire garden choked with weeds.
Are ‘Ghost Rules’ Holding Your Team Back?
Leadership

The Two Things That Creative People Need From Every Leader

What do it really take for teams to produce brilliant, creative work over and over? Is it just talent? Is it the result of having a vibrant, fun culture? Or, maybe it’s just sheer will and hustle? While all of those things play a part, none of them are sufficient to sustain great work over time. There are two things that are more important.
The Two Things That Creative People Need From Every Leader
Leadership

My New Book Herding Tigers Is Here

I've been looking forward to writing this post for over two years. It's with (barely contained) joy that I get to announce that my new book Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need is just two weeks from release.
My New Book Herding Tigers Is Here
Teams

A Rocket Scientist’s Advice On How To Do Impossible Things

Have you ever been at a cocktail party, had someone ask you what you do for a living, and wished you could come up with something impressive-sounding to wow them? Adam Stelztner probably never experiences that. He's an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who has worked on flight missions including Galileo, Cassini, and Mars Pathfinder, and the Mars Exploration Rover project. He has a lot to say about innovation and leadership.
A Rocket Scientist’s Advice On How To Do Impossible Things
Creating

Finding Your “Sweet Spot”

Having worked with and interviewed hundreds of professionals, I’ve come to believe that each person has a “sweet spot”. It’s comprised of the situations and activities where they are maximally effective, and where they create the most unique value for their effort. It’s not necessarily a specific job or task, but rather a mode they go into that separates them from the pack. It’s a unique kind of value that they become known for, and that others seek out.
Finding Your “Sweet Spot”
Productivity

Three Tactics From Getting Things Done That Transformed My Productivity

GTD is a system for organizing and acting on the work that matters most. There are a lot of nuances to the system, and as a result many people get lost in the weeds and intricate details and get off track and stop utilizing it altogether. That's unfortunate, because there are many principles that can be borrowed from GTD and acted upon, even if you don't use the entire system.
Three Tactics From Getting Things Done That Transformed My Productivity
Teams

Why No One Is Listening To Your Great Idea

The ugly truth is that great work isn’t enough. No one tells you this early in your career; It’s something you learn over time. Cream doesn’t automatically rise to the top, and we don’t live in a meritocracy. If you want your idea to be heard, you have to go the extra mile to ensure that it’s framed to resonate with the right audience.
Why No One Is Listening To Your Great Idea
Resources

Win Signed Copies Of Die Empty & The Accidental Creative

I am awash in paperbacks! My publisher just re-configured its office space, and sent me a few boxes of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative paperbacks. Books aren’t meant to be kept in a box, they’re meant to be read, so I’m giving giving away 15 signed paperback copies of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative.
Win Signed Copies Of Die Empty & The Accidental Creative
Creating

Why Authenticity Is The Key To Making Your Work Resonate

It’s noisy. Not physically noisy, but culturally noisy. Everyone is clamoring for attention, and clanging their gongs trying to win a few seconds of your precious time. Clickbait, shock tactics, and distractions are so commonplace that they are now used even by previously “credible” institutions. It’s tempting to follow suit and fall into these tactics with your own work. Don't do it.
Why Authenticity Is The Key To Making Your Work Resonate