Staying Out Of The “Danger Zone”

We each have danger zones we have to watch out for in the course of our work. They can be particular habits or patterns we fall into when we go into “coast mode” or areas or situations where we are likely to get irritated and short-circuit collaborative relationships. On this episode, we share about the importance of avoiding the temptation to hide in the shadows, and a few strategies for bringing yourself fully and freely to the work you do. 

Get Rid Of Ghost Rules

Do you ever find yourself doing things for inexplicable reasons, or making decisions in your work that you can’t really explain? It’s possible that you’re living with “ghost rules”. These are invisible narratives that limit your thinking and creating, and can – over time – cause you to underperform. On this episode, we share a few sources of ghost rules (from the book Herding Tigers), and how to begin to overcome them.

How To Choose The Best Idea

We’ve all been there. You have ten great ideas on the whiteboard, and you have to make a decision today about which you’re going to work on. How do you know which one is best?

It helps to have a framework for making these decisions. On this episode, I share a simple framework for choosing the best idea, and for making those “from the gut” conversations about creative direction a little less stressful.

Eliminate Unnecessary Complexity

Things rarely get more simple. They typically only get more complex. This applies to our creative process as well, and unnecessary complexity can have a terrible effect on our ability to gain mental traction. On this episode, we share three ways unnecessary complexity can creep into your process and how to begin to identify and overcome them. 

Dropping Insecurity Work

I first heard the phrase “insecurity work” from Scott Belsky a number of years ago. He defines it as work that has no intended outcome, doesn’t move the ball forward, and is quick enough to do without realizing. It’s most common to slip into insecurity work when you feel overwhelmed or perhaps even unequal to the creative task at hand, and it gives you the illusion of progress but actually robs valuable resources necessary to produce value. On this episode, I share three sources of insecurity work and how to recognize and address them. 

Make Maps, Don’t Just Follow Them (with Wes Kao)

As much as we’d all love a simple and easy to follow plan for career success, the reality is that we’re all mostly making things up as we go. However, that doesn’t stop many people from slipping into comfort mode instead of pushing for creative growth and personal challenge. 

On this episode, marketing consultant Wes Kao shares how to embrace map-making as your core mode of operation, why it’s important to have a “spiky” point of view, and how to present your ideas so that others can receive them.