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The Three Challenges Of Leading Creative Work

Leading a creative team can feel like trying to build a bicycle while riding it. What worked last time might not work next time, so it feels like you're always trying to figure things out as you go. On top of managing personalities and the complexity of the work...

Podcast: The Fierce Urgency Of Now

When you're under pressure, it's easy to defer the little actions that you need to do in order to accomplish you work. However, each of those little choices to defer action accumulate and become big problems later. On this episode, I share three areas where you need to stay on top of your mindset and mechanics so that you don't pay a price later. 

Podcast: The Lie About Success That’s Holding You Back

What does success feel like at the beginning, or in the middle? It's difficult to say. In fact, many massive successes felt like anything but success when they were in the early stages. On today's show, I share some thoughts about how to prevent the hurdles of uncertainty from limiting your ability to engage your work. 

Podcast: Three Kinds Of Work

It's getting close to the end of the year. How many of the things you planned to accomplish this year actually got done? For some people, the list is long, and it's because they failed to engage in all three kinds of work necessary in order to remain effective. On today's episode, I share the three kinds of work and the traps that we fall into when we fail to engage in them.

Podcast: Why You Should Cluster Your Work

The constant shift back and forth from creative work to administrative work throughout your day carries a high price. You pay a task switching penalty each time you try to make this transition. On today's show, I share a few tactics from The Accidental Creative to help you cluster your work for a more effective work week. 

Podcast: Marking The Moment

At times, it can feel like life and work is one long string of projects and tasks. You have your eyes fixed forward, and you're thinking about the next thing you're going to do, the next hill you're going to climb, or the next project you're accountable for delivering. However, when your work is just one long series of things to do, you have no rhythm. There's no seasonality. On today's show, I discuss the value of building moments of reflection and celebration into your work. 

Podcast: Private Victories

You are known for your public victories, but it's the private victories you achieve that make them possible. In today's episode, we share some of the private victories that help you build the confidence, resilience, and skills necessary to sustain the public victories.

Podcast: Secret Work

You are known for your public work, but you're defined by your "secret" work. On today's episode we discuss the importance of having work in your life that no one sees as a means of developing skills and cultivating passion and curiosity.

Podcast: What Should I Do With My Life?

Do you have a framework for making larger decisions about your life, your career, and your work? How do you decide what you're trying to do with your life? In this episode, I address a question from a listener about how to make decisions about the larger questions of life and career.

Podcast: Thoughts On Business Travel

If you travel for business, you know that it can be both stressful and frustrating. However, if you have some core principles that guide how you approach travel it can also turn your time “on the road” into space to help you be more prolific, brilliant, and healthy. On today’s show, I share a few principles for traveling well and staying emotionally (and physically) healthy.

Podcast: How To Fight Fair

Conflict is a natural and expected thing when you have talented, driven people working side by side. In fact, if you don’t have conflict on your team then it’s potentially a sign of a lack of health. Conflict can sharpen your relationships, but how you handle it is everything. On today’s episode I share a few quick tips for fighting well.

Podcast: The Ripple Effect (with Dr. Greg Wells)

When you think about what it takes to be creative every day, you probably think about the technical aspects of your work. However, you might not consider how what you eat, how you sleep, and how you exercise affects your ability to think well and be brilliant when it matters most. On today's show, Dr. Greg Wells shares some highly practical advice about how to better care for yourself so you can think clearly and deliver results under pressure. Dr. Wells is the author of the new book The Ripple Effect.

Podcast: Unbranding (with Alison Stratton)

How do the best brands in the world inspire loyalty? And, why do some brands just seem to fall apart even though they seem to be doing everything right? On today's episode, Alison Stratten is here to share a few stories of brands who have leveraged comfort, cost, convenience, and convergence to grow incredible customer loyalty. Alison is the co-author of the new book Unbranding. 

Herding Tigers Intro

How do great leaders unleash their team to do its best and most creative work? Join Todd Henry, riCardo Crespo, and guests as they discuss what the creative people on your team need from you, and how you can help to be prolific, brilliant, and healthy. [iframe...

Podcast: Permission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)

When you hear the story of the founding of a business, you often get the sanitized version. You only hear the high points. However, it's often in failure that the biggest lessons are learned. Today's guest Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid several years ago, but the early days weren't always so smooth. She's just published a book called Permission To Screw Up in which she chronicles some of the lessons learned as an entrepreneur and a boss, and on today's show she shares some of the hightlights.

Podcast: Find The Fire (with Scott Mautz)

You're a pro. You do the work even when you don't feel like it. Still, you can't discount the value of inspiration. Without it, your work might begin to ring hollow. How do you protect the fire so that you can stay engaged and motivated to do your best work? That's the question Scott Mautz is here to answer with tips from his new book Find The Fire. 

Podcast: The 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)

Diversity in leadership is not only good for culture, it's good for business. On today's show, Kat Gordon, the founder of the 3% Movement, shares insights into how the movement began and how leaders of organizations can build more diversity into their teams to help them better serve their clients.