Why Great Leaders Tell Great Stories

As a leader of a creative organization, your job may be to tell your client’s story through the work of your team.  Your team is in the business of positively shaping the perception a market has towards what your client is selling. You are attempting to gain the...

Complete Your Conversations

An unbelievable amount of focus, time, and energy is spent in many organizations relitigating decisions that have already been made and should have been final. Not only is this a massive sinkhole for the team’s resources, it’s a drain on its emotional engagement and a drag on its sense of mission. On this episode, we discuss the dangers of incomplete conversations and how we as leaders, collaborators, and freelancers working with clients can hone our focus by completing conversations. 

Five Questions About Your Life and Career

Are you exactly where you’d like to be in your life and career? Chances are, you probably aren’t. There are things you’d like to accomplish and places you’d like to go, but sometimes you feel stuck. On this episode, I share five (very uncommon) questions that you can ask yourself to identify areas where you might be self-limiting your progress, and to help you identify potential ways to move forward.

Craft, Comparison, and Creativity (with Dave Barnes)

Dave Barnes is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and recording artist. His songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and he earned a Grammy nomination for song of the year for God Gave Me You, as recorded by Blake Shelton. On this episode, we discuss the craft of songwriting, the intricacies of collaboration, the temptation of comparison, and how he hones his practice every day.

Four Traps Leaders Fall Into (And How To Avoid Them)

When the pressure is on, and uncertainty is rearing its ugly head, there are traps that even the most experienced leaders fall into. When you fall into one (or more) of these traps, you put an impediment in your team’s path, and introduce dissonance into the organization.

On this episode, we share four common traps that leaders fall into when the pressure is on: deferring, blaming, bending, and hovering.

How To Deal With A Crushing Workload

Workloads and expectations are increasing. It’s not a cliché, it’s a fact. It’s the single biggest (confidential) complaint that I hear when spending time with companies. I was speaking at a conference in Florida, and in the short Q&A at the end of my talk a man stood and said “We are doing more with less. We have fewer people than ever, but our project load continues to increase. However, the quality of our work is not allowed to suffer. What should I do?” On this episode, we share some principles for dealing with a crushing workload. What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

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