If you solve problems for a living (which most of us do), then ideas are critical to your effectiveness. But how do you increase the odds that you’ll have the right idea just when you need it? On this episode, Allen Gannet will help us better understand the dynamics of creating under pressure with insights from his new book The Creative Curve.
Are you comparing your in-process work with the absolute best thing ever created in your industry? How about this one… have you ever had a manager express disappointment that you only over-delivered a little instead of a lot? If so, you might be experiencing something called Expectation Escalation, and it is probably preventing you from taking risks, experimenting, and iterating your way toward brilliance. On this episode, we discuss how it affects you and what to do about it.
There’s a hidden dynamic that inhibits your ability to connect dots and do brilliant work. Unfortunately, it’s also misunderstood. Fear can erode your ability to think creatively and to take necessary risks, but not all fear is something to be shunned. Sometimes fear can help us stay alert and make decisions. It can be a signal that you have a healthy respect for your environment and its potential dangers. On this episode, I talk about the two kinds of fear and how to begin to dismantle them and produce your best work.
If your organization is like most others, expectations are rising and resources are probably dwindling. We’re trying to cram more activity into our days, but often feel like we’re only falling further behind. On this episode, Geoff Woods is here with practical advice for making sure the most important things get done each day and that you don’t go through your days in reactive mode. Geoff is the host of The One Thing Podcast, which is based on the best-selling book The One Thing.
Have you ever had a sense that things just aren’t adding up? Your brain is sending a signal that there’s a gap between what you’re doing and why you think you’re doing it. That’s a dynamic I call dissonance, and it can quickly rob you of your ability to engage fully and freely in your creative work. On this episode, we dive into a few of its sources and how they affect you.
Annie Dillard once wrote “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” However, many of us struggle to find a good balance with our time. We always feel like we’re running behind, and that we lay our head down each night a bit behind where we awoke that morning. On this episode, time expert Laura Vanderkam is here to help us understand how people with a healthy perspective on time allocate their hours effectively. Her new book is called Off The Clock.