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With millions of downloads, the Accidental Creative podcast has provided weekly tips and interviews with top thinkers, leaders, and artists for over a decade.

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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.

Podcast: Entrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)

It's one thing to build an income around a product or an idea, but it's something entirely different to build a business. On today's episode, Dorie Clark shares insights from her new book Entrepreneurial You. She's going to help us think through how to develop multiple sources of revenue to grow trust, influence, and income. 

Podcast: Andrea Summer on Wanderlust

Andrea Summer has been working on an album project called Wanderlust for a few years, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. She’s had to work on the project a little at a time as the resources were available, she lost her voice due to a fluke illness, and she struggled with wanting to give up multiple times. In our conversation, we discuss the origins of the project, the source of her dedication to making it happen, the highs and lows she’s encountered along the way, and what other artists can learn from her journey.

Podcast: Balancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)

We set up a false choice between pursuing creative work that you love, and maintaining a day job. In fact, some of the great artists, writers, thinkers, and scientists throughout history did their best work while simultaneously working a "day job". Today's guest, Adam Walker Phillips, has just released a mystery novel called The Silent Second. On this episode, we discuss the book, and how he managed to write and publish it while still having time for his family and his very successful career.

Raise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)

There are two "games" that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevitable conflicts you experience in the course of your day. Today's guest David Levin will share insights into how to improve your game with insights from his new book Raise Your Inner Game. 

Podcast: No Ego (with Cy Wakeman)

Leading creative teams is challenging. You not only have to manage very complex work, but also the very complex interpersonal relationships and aspirations of the people on your team. Today's guest Cy Wakeman shares tips for minimizing the drama and producing your best work. Her new book is called No Ego.

Podcast: Finding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)

Who are your people? I'm talking about the people who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks? We all need these people in our life, especially when doing creative work largely in isolation. On today's show, Dane Sanders and I chat about the importance of creative community and how to find it.

The Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)

You have an idea inside of you that could change the very world around you. And, many people allow those ideas to die on the vine because they lack the courage to take the first step, or the community around them to support their efforts. Today's guest, Nilofer Merchant, has just released a book called The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Ideas Mighty Enough To Dent The World, and she shares stories of people who have taken their idea from hunch to impact and changed the world in the process.

Podcast: Being a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)

How often are you conscious of the story you're telling through your work? You can't afford to create just for yourself. You need to be mindful of how the work you're creating will be received by the educated consumer on the other end. In today's episode, Alexander Jutkowitz shares how to use wisdom, wonder, and delight to weave stories that will connect with your audience with insights from his new book The Strategic Storyteller.

Podcast: Aligning Your Expectations With Reality

One of the greatest sources of tension on creative teams is when unspoken expectations are violated. This can lead to misalignment with your clients, with your peers, and even with your own efforts. On today's episode, we'll look at three kinds of unspoken expectations and three ways to prevent them from taking root and disrupting your work.