About a month ago, a memo from comedian and TV host Steve Harvey made the rounds and earned him a lot of criticism. It was directed at his team, and instructed them not to approach him in public spaces, not to interrupt him when he’s in the makeup chair, and not to barge into his dressing room to ask him something. People decried the memo saying it was an indication of Harvey’s inflated ego, but I disagree. Yes, he could have handled it differently (and he admitted so himself), but in principle, what he did was healthy. He set clear boundaries to protect his ability to do his job.
On today’s episode, I discuss three areas where you also need to set healthy boundaries if you want to be effective as a creative pro.
There are many things a good leader does to help their team gain focus, stay motivated, and produce great work. However, there are also some very common mistakes that many leaders make that they don’t even know are killing their team’s ability to engage with their work. This is especially true when doing creative work, because it requires tremendous trust and an ability to take risks that could be costly to correct later.
The better you are at setting good rails for your team, the more they will feel freedom to bring their best ideas and work to the table.
Today I discuss a few ways that leaders unknowingly squelch their team’s creativity, and to do about it.
Are you brave? Strangely, it depends on what your definition of brave is. Today’s guest Adam Smith is here to walk us through what it looks like to be brave in life and work, and it may not always look like what you think. Adam’s new book is called The Bravest You.
Where do great ideas come from? For many creative pros great ideas are simply sourced in everyday experience. However, in order to turn those seemingly commonplace observations into brilliant work, you need to know what you’re looking for. Today’s guest Bernadette Jiwa has just released a book called Hunch that’s all about how to leverage your curiosity and empathy to mine your environment for idea gold.
We’ve all heard the myth of the starving artist. Everyone knows that artists have to suffer for their art, live in squalid conditions, and experience great pain in order to produce brilliant work. Except, according to today’s guest, that’s not really the case. Jeff Goins has just written a new book called Real Artists Don’t Starve, and on today’s show he shares some of the differences between starving artists and thriving artists, and how you can make enough money from your art to sustain it.
No matter how experienced you are or how much great work you’ve produced in your career, there inevitably comes a time when you’ll find yourself “stuck”. This usually has less to do with a lack of ability to do the work and more to do with some kind of psychological or habitual barrier that is preventing you from diving into the heart of the work in front of you. I’ve encountered many of these in my day, both personally and with those I’ve worked with. Here are a few questions to help identify productivity-zapping roadblocks.