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The Accidental Creative

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The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) int...Show More
Podcast: Ryan Holiday On Why Ego Is The Enemy

32:08 | Jun 20th, 2016

Author Ryan Holiday is back to share insights from his new book . He'll tell you how to avoid letting your ego derail you as you're building your career, when you've failed, or when you're on the verge of your greatest success. Today's episode is sp...Show More
The Cauldron Of Creative Conflict

16:13 | Aug 12th

Have you ever said something in a meeting that you didn't expect to? It happened to me last week, except it wasn't a meeting, it was in a speech given at the Global Leadership Summit to over 400,000 leaders and influencers across the world. The parti...Show More
The 10 Stories That Great Leaders Tell (with Paul Smith)

21:39 | Aug 5th

My book Louder Than Words begins with the line “attention for your work is not a birthright.” I believe this to the core of my being. Some people think that simply making something great entitles them to the attention of people around them, but it’s ...Show More
Three Principles For Achieving Your Goals

16:27 | Aug 1st

We are wired for two conflicting things: comfort, and conquest. To achieve goals, we need to disrupt the comfort instinct long enough to experience our first successes on the path to the goal. On this episode, I share three core principles for doing ...Show More
Jason Fried of Basecamp

31:32 | Jul 29th

It's become the accepted norm that stress, increasing expectations, and over-filled schedules are a fact of work-life. Today's guest, Jason Fried, believes that it doesn't have to be that way. He's the co-founder of Basecamp, and the co-author of sev...Show More
Why Community Is Critical For Creative Pros

15:29 | Jul 25th

We tend to think of creative work as a solo sport. It's something that, in large part, has to be accomplished alone. However, the extent to which we stay connected to others can play a large role in our personal creative process, and in helping us ta...Show More
Three Tensions Every Creative Pro Faces

18:44 | Jul 22nd

When you do any kind of difficult, problem-solving, creative work, tension is inevitably present. How you deal with that tension will determine whether it makes you stronger and more focused, or whether it sucks the wind out of your sails. On this ep...Show More
Feeling Undisciplined? Here’s Why.

15:04 | Jul 15th

Discipline is sometimes perceived as a “dirty word” because it’s interpreted as pushing through the muck, doing the unenjoyable activities first, and forgoing the chocolate cake for the steamed broccoli. However, I think this is a gross misunderstand...Show More
How To Keep a Commonplace Book

12:05 | Jul 8th

With the increase of information crossing your attention span each day, it’s easy to forget even the most impactful experiences. Make every effort to capture these, and to ensure that they become a valuable part of your creative process. On this epi...Show More
Where Creative Pros Get Stuck

11:59 | Jul 1st

At some point in your career, you will feel stuck. Not stuck because you can't come up with an idea for a project, but stuck in the sense that you feel like you don't know how to go to the next level. How do you continue to grow, to develop your voic...Show More
How To Dance With Uncertainty

13:48 | Jun 24th

One force that’s ever-present in any form of creative work is uncertainty. The reality is that you will never know – really know – what’s right. Is this good enough? Is it finished? Is it the right strategy? How should I spend my time/focus/energy to...Show More
Taking An Idea From Hunch To Shark Tank and Beyond

34:32 | Jun 18th

Several years ago, toymaker Neal Hoffman had an idea for a new toy that would make his family's life much more fun. The problem was, he had another job at the time, and this "side project" was likely to take up much more time and resources than he co...Show More
The Career Investments Every Creative Pro Should Make

15:54 | Jun 10th

I am frequently asked for career advice, and I very, very rarely offer it. Why? First, because I only intimately know my own path and those of a few others. Second, because all advice is local. What works for one person will be misery for another. F...Show More
Andrea Summer On The Making of Wanderlust

34:51 | Jun 4th

A few years ago we featured the story of Andrea Summer and her struggle to make a passion project album called Wanderlust. After years of work, the album is finally finished and releases today. On this episode, we re-visit that conversation with Andr...Show More
A Five-Part Daily Planning Process

18:15 | May 28th

Your life is composed of days, and how you spend those days is how you spend your life. On this episode, I share a simple five-part daily planning process that will help you stay on-course, engaged, and focused on the things that matter most. Today’...Show More
Getting The Small Things Right

14:00 | May 20th

It's tempting to gloss over small areas of misalignment or misunderstanding because they seem like no big deal in the moment. However, those small areas of misalignment can become big problems later. On this episode, we share a few ways this happens ...Show More
The Proximity Principle (with Ken Coleman)

27:28 | May 13th

Many people dream of making a leap into their ideal career, but have no clue what their first steps should be. On this episode, Ken Coleman (host of the Ken Coleman Show and author of The Proximity Principle) shares some simple, practical tips for id...Show More
Two Types Of Workplace Stress

18:29 | May 9th

Stress. We all deal with it, and it affects our work in significant, and often unseen ways. There are actually two types of stress that we encounter in doing creative work, and on this episode we share what they are and how to deal with them so that ...Show More
What It Takes (with Raegan Moya-Jones)

27:15 | May 6th

Have you ever had an idea for a new business or initiative but didn't know the next step to take? Today's guest Raegan Moya-Jones was in that exact place. In fact, she admits that she Googled her way through the first years of her first business, whi...Show More
Focus, Function, Fire

16:23 | Apr 29th

What exactly does a great leader do? There are three key things that an effective leader of creative people provides for the team consistently and well. On this episode, I share the importance of focus, function, and fire to the creative process. In...Show More
Three Questions You’re Probably Not Asking (But Definitely Should Be)

17:15 | Apr 25th

Those who ask the best questions ultimately win. There are some questions that are obvious. These are the ones that directly affect our work and its outcomes. Then, there are questions that hover just beneath the surface of our work, and rarely get a...Show More
Color Filter Theory

20:46 | Apr 22nd

The story you believe becomes your experience of reality, because it’s your filter for all of your experiences. If you filter your life through the lens of anxiety, everything will feel like a threat. If you filter your life through the lens of hopel...Show More
Distractions (Squirrel!)

18:26 | Apr 19th

Distractions are a baked-in part of the modern workplace. Wouldn't it be great if we could eliminate them and just focus on our important work? Well... on this episode we share six strategies for dealing with distractions in your world, and how to fo...Show More
Protecting Your Team’s Time and Attention

16:11 | Apr 17th

The two most precious resources you have as a creative pro are your time and attention. They are under a constant onslaught from organizational needs, client demands, and personal anxieties. As a manager, you must commit to protecting these finite re...Show More
Unnecessary Baggage

15:16 | Apr 15th

I have a confession to make: I’m a natural-born over-packer. When I go on a trip, it’s very likely that I’ll come home with a lot of unworn clothes and unnecessary weight in my travel bag. This is a tendency I recognized early in my business travel d...Show More
The “Killer App” For Career Advancement

16:12 | Apr 11th

Yesterday I spent time with students at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and I shared with them what I believe to the the "killer app" that will help them achieve their goals faster and more successfully than they can imagine. On this episode, I share...Show More
The Art of Completing Conversations

15:44 | Apr 8th

So much stress and misalignment happens in organizations because conversations are left incomplete. There is misunderstanding, dissonance, and a general level of anxiety about expectations and next steps. On this episode, we share a few simple strate...Show More
Limitless (with Laura Gassner Otting)

25:01 | Apr 4th

You proably have goals you'd like to pursue or dreams you'd like to chase. It's also likely that there are limits that you encounter as you pursue them. However, some of those limits are self-imposed. On this episode, Laura Gassner Otting is here to ...Show More
How To Keep Going (with Austin Kleon)

35:35 | Apr 1st

At some point, you're going to encounter difficult times as a creative pro. It could be something that happens to you, or a situation you created yourself. How do you persist in your work in the face of adversity and challenges? On this episode, Aust...Show More
Clean and Dirty Fuels

14:39 | Mar 28th

What drives your creative work? Some fuels that drive our work burn "clean", and some burn "dirty", meaning they leave a residue that makes it difficult to continue producing great work over time. On this episode, I share the difference between clean...Show More
Legacy In The Making (with Lucas Conley)

25:23 | Mar 25th

How do you define legacy? Or more importantly, what will be the legacy of your business or brand? Or, for you personally? On this episode, Lucas Conley shares insights from his reseach about how people and brands are building legacies that resonate a...Show More
Loonshots (with Safi Bachall)

24:38 | Mar 21st

Some ideas are so crazy that "moonshot" doesn't even do them credit. "Loonshot" seems more appropriate. On this episode, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bachall is here to teach us how to nurture the crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases, and tran...Show More
The Making Of a Manager (with Julie Zhuo)

27:37 | Mar 18th

When you first step into your role as a manager, your entire work world changes. You are no longer simply responsible for your own work. Now, you are responsible for the work, the culture, the process, and anything else that happens on your team. It ...Show More
Escape Hatches

19:19 | Mar 14th

There are a number of ways in which we build "escape hatches" to relieve the stress and fear that we might under-perform. On this episode, I talk about three of those common "secondary ways of escape", and how to begin to counter them. === Today’s ...Show More

18:23 | Mar 12th

What you surround yourself with can inspire new ideas and motivate you to keep pressing on when things get difficult. On this episode, I share the three categories of "mementos" that you can keep in your workspace to help you push through challenges ...Show More
Adventure Is Right In Front Of You

16:55 | Mar 7th

I sent a tweet (@toddhenry) the other day that addressed a pattern I'm seeing with people I've been interacting with. It seems that many people are losing the narrative. They expect results without adventure. Celebration with the risk of rejection. P...Show More
3 Ways To Gain Creative Focus

17:03 | Mar 4th

You have a finite amount of attention to spend on behalf of the creative problems you're solving. How you allocate that attention will often determine your success or failure. On this episode, I share three simple strategies for gaining creative focu...Show More
Dealing With a Difficult Co-worker

14:51 | Feb 28th

Work would be so easy if it weren't for all the people, right? However, all of us have to deal (from time to time) with difficult co-workers and people who seem intent on making our lives miserable. On this episode, I share a few principles for deali...Show More
How To Develop a Daily Writing Practice

22:38 | Feb 25th

Writing every day has tremendous benefits to your creativity, your emotional state, and your career. On this episode, I share some tactical tips for establishing a daily writing practice, including how to commit the resources, choose your tools, and ...Show More
How To Have Better Meetings

13:47 | Feb 22nd

Meetings are the bane of many creative pros' existence. The amount of wasted time in meetings in incalculable. On this episode, I share eight key principles for helping you have better meetings, and how to honor the time of your team, your collaborat...Show More
Know Your Values + Aaron Dignan on Brave New Work

34:14 | Feb 20th

Do you have a matrix for important decisions in your life? How do you decide which path is correct when you're being pulled in multiple directions? On the first part of this episode, I share some insights from Herding Tigers to help you establish you...Show More
How To Build Creative Confidence

15:02 | Feb 18th

If you want to produce a body of work you're proud of, you must have a creative point of view. However, it is risky to commit yourself to ideas and ideals that cause you to be vulnerable and open you up to critique from others. On this episode, I sha...Show More
Organize Your World With a Weekly Checkpoint

18:16 | Feb 15th

Many creative pros charge through their work over days and weeks without ever stopping to assess whether they're on the right course. In this episode, I share a simple method for instilling a checkpoint into your life to help you ask critical questio...Show More
How To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

16:00 | Feb 13th

I believe that the love of comfort is often the enemy of greatness. You cannot pursue comfort and great work simultaneously. However, comfort is seductive and can lull us into creative complacency. On this episode, I share three kinds of goals you ca...Show More
How To Receive Negative (and Unfair) Feedback

15:49 | Feb 11th

How do you handle feedback? We need other people in our lives to tell us the truth. If we immediately get defensive when they tell us something we don’t like, we will lose key allies in our journey of growth. If you manage a team, your trigger happy ...Show More
Emotion at Work (with Liz Fosslien)

21:13 | Feb 7th

Many of us are told to keep our emotions in check at work. Don't display how you feel, and make sure that you don't "get emotional" about a business decision. Today's guest believes this is bad advice. Her name is Liz Fosslien, and she's the co-autho...Show More
Digital Minimalism (with Cal Newport)

23:09 | Feb 4th

Technology is an extension of your capacity to accomplish your will. So, it gives you a "longer lever" when you want to move big rocks. However, we are finding that technology is encroaching upon us in ways we couldn't have anticipated ten years ago....Show More
How To Plan Your Days For Max Creativity

16:58 | Jan 31st

How you spend your time is how you spend your life. As a creative pro, you're not accountable for "showing up", you're accountable for the value you produce. On this episode, I share a method for planning your days that helps you ensure that you spen...Show More
How To Plan Your Week For Maximum Creativity

16:21 | Jan 28th

Do you have a good game plan for how you'll spend your week? Many people charge into Monday without really thinking much about their plan of attack. On this episode, we share a simple method for planning your week that will help you better organize a...Show More
10 Things Creatives Wish Their Manager Knew

16:55 | Jan 25th

It is a reality that managers and creatives often speak different languages. Each has a different set of responsibilities and perspectives they are bringing to a project, and often the collision of these forces is enough to create massive waves withi...Show More
Finding Your “Sweet Spot”

14:45 | Jan 23rd

Having worked with and interviewed hundreds of professionals, I’ve come to believe that each person also has a “sweet spot”. It’s comprised of the situations and activities where they are maximally effective, and where they create the most unique val...Show More
Are You Fast Twitch or Slow Twitch?

12:49 | Jan 21st

There are two types of creative pros and idea generators, and knowing which kind you are can make a significant impact on your contribution to projects, and even on your career path. On this episode, we share how to know which you are, and how to lev...Show More
Make Time (with Jake Knapp)

27:12 | Jan 16th

You (and I, and everyone else) have 168 hours a week. Yet often, we get to the end and wonder "where did it all go?" On this episode, Jake Knapp shares insights into how to make time for what matters most from his book Make Time. Thanks to Away for ...Show More
Getting Rid Of “Monkey Mind” (with David Allen)

33:19 | Jan 14th

As a creative pro, you have a lot of ideas. Those ideas are bouncing around in your head, and it's sometimes difficult to control when and where they rise to the top. On this episode, David Allen is back to discuss principles for getting things done,...Show More
Raise Your Game (with Alan Stein Jr.)

21:29 | Jan 10th

What are the common characteristics of extremely high performers? How do talented people take their craft to the next level? On this episode, Alan Stein, Jr. shares how he's helped some of the world's most elite athletes elevate their performance and...Show More
Be Fearless (with Jean Case)

22:39 | Jan 7th

What are the common attributes of disruptors and changemakers? On this episode, Chair of the National Geographic Society Jean Case shares insights from her book Be Fearless, which shares stories and research highlighting the commonalities among disru...Show More
My Personal Manifesto (and How To Write Your Own)

15:44 | Jan 3rd

Do you have a framework for making decisions? How do you know which opportunities to take and which to pass on? Can someone take a look at your work – how you lead, write, talk, collaborate – and see what matters to you? In Louder Than Words, I wrote...Show More
Three Ways to Break Through In 2019

17:49 | Dec 31st, 2018

Creative paralysis, or “block”, is often the result of inattention in a few key areas. “Stuckness” is just a part of doing hard things. However, just plowing through is not necessarily the answer. Internal work does not always equate to external prog...Show More
The Weight Of What’s Undone

13:26 | Dec 27th, 2018

One of the challenges of doing creative work – working with your mind – is that you are largely responsible for not only conceiving of new opportunities, but also making your concepts real, tangible and preferably effective, through whatever means ne...Show More
Re-defining Success and Failure

12:30 | Dec 20th, 2018

Our definition of failure defines more about us than we may realize, because the fear of failure is one of the most frequent sources of creative paralysis. When the perceived threat of potential consequence outweighs the perceived benefits of success...Show More
Using Time Chunks To Master Your Days

13:59 | Dec 17th, 2018

The best way to ensure that your most important work gets done is to dedicate time to doing it. Whether you work in an office or on your own, it’s critical that you learn to build barriers around your time and dedicate focused efforts to your most im...Show More
Getting To The Best Idea (with Niki Papadopoulos)

33:46 | Dec 13th, 2018

Every idea - even a great one - needs an editor. Someone to help sift through the fluff and get to the heart of it all. For a band, it's the producer. For an agency, a creative director. And for an author, it's the editor. On this episode, renowned b...Show More
You Are A Badass Every Day (with Jen Sincero)

19:19 | Dec 10th, 2018

Your everday practices are what set you up for success. It's not the "every so often" mustering of your will, it's the things you choose to implement regularly that prepare you for those moments when you need to be brilliant. Today's guest is Jen Sin...Show More
Four Ways To Stoke Curiosity

09:04 | Dec 6th, 2018

I (strongly) agree that the future belongs to the curious, but would add that so does the present. Curious people are able to parse experience and recognize Reality behind reality; what’s truly going on in patterns and systems. They are able to ask g...Show More
Four Ways To Stoke Curiosity

09:04 | Dec 6th, 2018

I (strongly) agree that the future belongs to the curious, but would add that so does the present. Curious people are able to parse experience and recognize Reality behind reality; what’s truly going on in patterns and systems. They are able to ask g...Show More
Chasing Dreams (and When To Quit)

11:16 | Dec 3rd, 2018

People love to encourage you to chase your dreams. They mostly mean well. What they don’t tell you is that you are probably going to fail a lot. And, the problem with pursuing a dream is that it’s hard to know when to quit. On this episode, we discus...Show More
The Power of Magic and Story (with Harris III)

27:39 | Nov 27th, 2018

Why does story have such a powerful hold on us? How do the stories we believe influence the way we behave each day? Perhaps more importantly, how do we leverage the power of story to get our work into the world in a more meaningful way? These are the...Show More
Three Weekend Rituals That Will Refresh Your Creativity

13:17 | Nov 20th, 2018

Many people go crashing into the weekend like a running back diving into the end zone. They have completely spent themselves during the work week, so the weekends are their time to completely disconnect, and engage in mindless activities like watchin...Show More
Back To Human (with Dan Schawbel)

20:39 | Nov 15th, 2018

Even though we are deeply connected by technology, it's hard to argue that we are in some sense "alone, together." This is especially true in many workplaces, where expectatations are rising, and familiarity is high but empathy and deep connection ca...Show More
Disrupting Yourself Before You’re Disrupted (with Mike McDerment)

20:56 | Nov 12th, 2018

In 2015, a strange new competitor appeared to challenge cloud accounting software company Freshbooks' dominance in their space. The new company, called Billspring, had a fresh look and feel, and seemed poised to pose a serious threat to Freshbooks. H...Show More
Scratching Your Own Itch (with Wade Foster of Zapier)

29:07 | Nov 8th, 2018

Have you ever had an idea for a new business or product that you just couldn't seem to get out of your head? Maybe it was because it was something you needed, but couldn't find. That's how Wade Foster and his colleagues founded Zapier, a work automat...Show More
My Talk From The STORY Conference

25:22 | Nov 5th, 2018

A few months ago, I had the chance to speak at the STORY Conference in Nashville, TN. It's a gathering of 1,200 creative pros across multiple disciplines designed to talk about the power of story in our work and lives. My talk centered on the unique ...Show More
Rock The Problem

10:27 | Nov 2nd, 2018

I grew up in the country. (THE country, as in surrounded by lots of land and few buildings.) One of the things that occasionally happened when taking a car or truck “off-road” is that it would get stuck in the mud. For newbies who get stuck in the mu...Show More
Overcoming The Fear Of Launching Work

13:44 | Oct 31st, 2018

Have you ever had an idea burning inside of you that you knew could really take off, yet you just couldn't stir up the courage to take the first steps? Unfortunately, many people choose to let those ideas die because they refuse to step outside of th...Show More
Making Echoes

11:01 | Oct 29th, 2018

Leadership and legacy are not just what you do, but also how you do it. It will be determined by a series of choices you make over your life about how to spend this moment – here, and now. The challenging thing is that each moment feels like a throwa...Show More
The Big Idea: Herding Tigers

17:54 | Oct 25th, 2018

What do highly creative people really need from their leader? Two things, primarily: stability and challenge. On this episode, I dive into the big idea from my latest book Herding Tigers, and explain why these two forces are the key to unlocking perf...Show More
The Bullet Journal Method (with Ryder Carroll)

27:51 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Many of the best innovations are the ones we create to scratch our own itch. I started this very podcast back in 2005 because I was struggling as a Creative Director to find decent conversations about how to help my team stay healthy and productive o...Show More
The Big Idea: Louder Than Words

12:40 | Oct 18th, 2018

How certain are you of how people actually perceive you? Because chances are, if you haven’t done the work to develop a unique voice, they might be encountering an entirely different you than you think you’re showing them, and it might be limiting yo...Show More
Atomic Habits (with James Clear)

26:43 | Oct 15th, 2018

Twyla Tharp once wrote “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” If we want to succeed, we need good habits. On the flip side, Warren Buffet said “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too ...Show More
The Big Idea: Die Empty

18:08 | Oct 11th, 2018

This is part two in a series of episodes in which I share the "big idea" from each of my books. This episode covers the big idea from my 2013 book Die Empty, which is about the common places people and teams get stuck and fail to do the work they are...Show More
Talk Triggers (with Jay Baer)

25:55 | Oct 8th, 2018

When you think of the restaurant The Cheesecake Factory, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Probably the menu, right? Or how about Doubletree Hotels? The chocolate chip cookie? These are examples of what Jay Baer calls "Talk Triggers", and th...Show More
The Big Idea: The Accidental Creative

20:04 | Oct 4th, 2018

Today we're beginning a new podcast series called The Big Idea, in which we'll cover the core concepts from each of Todd Henry's first four books. This episode is devoted to the first book, The Accidental Creative. Key ideas from this episode: * ...Show More
The Messy Middle (with Scott Belsky)

22:55 | Oct 1st, 2018

There is no shortage of advice about how to handle the start of a project, or how to push through and finish one, but what about that grey area in-between? What about the challenges and problems we encounter in the space between? On this episode, Sco...Show More
Changing The World One Step At a Time (with Scott Harrison)

28:36 | Sep 27th, 2018

Scott Harrison is the founder of Charity:Water, and organization dedicated to bringing fresh drinking water to areas of the world in need. On this episode, he shares how he transitioned from in-demand night club promoter to on-mission advocate for th...Show More
How A Study Plan Will Forever Change Your Career

12:13 | Sep 24th, 2018

Sara was stuck. She was on deadline for a project that required her to suggest a marketing strategy for a product that her company believed could improve its position in the marketplace, and potentially revolutionize its category. It was a great oppo...Show More
Discover Your Productive Passion

12:49 | Sep 20th, 2018

What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you going even when you face difficulty and overwhelming odds? For many people, the answer is something other than the tasks or the job. Rather, it's something deeper and more closely knit to their ...Show More
Wisdom At Work (with Chip Conley)

24:14 | Sep 17th, 2018

There are many stages we go through in our career, from novice to being the senior and most experienced person on the team. How we think about our role as we transition through these stages plays a large part in the quality of the body of work that w...Show More
Two Things You Need To Thrive as a Creative Pro

15:21 | Sep 13th, 2018

Creating under pressure is challenging. This is especially true when you're creating inside of an organization, and you have all of the unspoken expectations, dysfunctions, and conflicts to deal with just in order to get around to your work. On this ...Show More
Predicting The Turn (with Dave Knox)

20:18 | Sep 10th, 2018

How do you know which idea is the right one to execute? And, how do you avoid some of the pitfalls that all people who try to execute an idea inevitably encounter? On this episode, Dave Knox (author of Predicting The Turn) shares insights from his ex...Show More
Design Your Business To Run Itself (with Mike Michalowicz)

18:19 | Sep 7th, 2018

Many freelancers and business owners get pulled so deeply into their business that they are unable to spend their time doing the things they are actually uniquely capable of doing. Instead of focusing on the value they're creating, the art they're ma...Show More
Inside Apple’s Creative Process (with Ken Kocienda)

28:40 | Sep 4th, 2018

Over a period of fifteen years, Ken Kocienda had a front-row seat to the development of some of the most innovative technology in history. As a team member, he was responsible for helping develop the software on the iPhone, including being personally...Show More
Staying Out Of The “Danger Zone”

13:45 | Aug 31st, 2018

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 collaborat...Show More
Get Rid Of Ghost Rules

11:26 | Aug 28th, 2018

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...Show More
How To Choose The Best Idea

10:59 | Aug 24th, 2018

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,...Show More
Eliminate Unnecessary Complexity

13:37 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 unne...Show More
Dropping Insecurity Work

13:04 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 insecuri...Show More
Make Maps, Don’t Just Follow Them (with Wes Kao)

26:14 | Aug 13th, 2018

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 growt...Show More
Letting Go and Moving Up

15:35 | Aug 10th, 2018

A creative career (and a life) have seasons, but it's often tempting to hold onto something long after it's grown stale simply because you're too comfortable to make a move. On this episode, we share insights from the book Louder Than Words about how...Show More
What To Do When You Fail

10:07 | Aug 6th, 2018

Everyone loves to win. The accolades, attention, and rewards are addictive. However, if you’re trying to do the work you’re capable of doing, you’ll eventually fail. If you’re leading a team of capable, driven people who are stretching themselves cre...Show More
Creativity For Its Own Sake (with Srini Rao)

24:03 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Many people begin their career as a creative pro amazed that they get to do work they love, and get paid for it. Then, at some point, it becomes more about making a living than the joy of creating. On this episode, Srini Rao discusses the importance ...Show More
Running Down A Dream (with Tim Grahl)

26:33 | Jul 31st, 2018

There are a number of creative battles that must be won in order to get from where you are to where you want to be. Unfortunately, many creative pros are "taken out" of the game because they aren't prepared for what's inevitably going to come there w...Show More
Your Legacy Is People

10:10 | Jul 28th, 2018

Leadership and legacy are not just what you do, but also how you do it. It will be determined by a series of choices you make over your life about how to spend this moment – here, and now. The challenging thing is that each moment feels like a throwa...Show More
How To Quit Your Approval Addiction

14:06 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Which do you value more: being liked, or being effective? For many creative pros, they'd say that being effective is their highest ambition, but the reality is that they do many things simply for the sake of approval from others. You can be both like...Show More
Four Ways To Reclaim Creative Energy

11:44 | Jul 20th, 2018

If you’re like most creative pros, you probably have a number of projects on your plate right now. You probably also have a number of projects twirling around in your head that you’d like to get around to – someday. The weight of all that’s undone ca...Show More
Why Many Creative Pros Struggle With Discipline

11:04 | Jul 18th, 2018

Could a self-described lack of discipline be largely due to a simple misunderstanding of the word? After a recent talk at a conference I got into a conversation with a creative services manager charged with leading a large internal team of creatives....Show More
Three Career Investments Creative Pros Should Make

11:26 | Jul 12th, 2018

I am frequently asked for career advice, and I very, very rarely offer it. Why? First, because I only intimately know my own path and those of a few others. Second, because all advice is local. What works for one person will be misery for another. Fi...Show More
Getting Things Done (with David Allen)

24:45 | Jul 9th, 2018

If you do complex creative work for a living, you probably have some kind of system you use to help you organize your work and ensure that nothing is slipping through the cracks. But how reliable is that system? If you can't rely on it completely, th...Show More
Leading With Emotional Courage (with Peter Bregman)

22:19 | Jul 5th, 2018

In the uncertainty of today's marketplace, it's a challenge to show up each day with confidence and clarity about who you are and what you're trying to accomplish. On this episode, Peter Bregman helps us understand how to cultivate the emotional cour...Show More
Keep Your Overhead Low

15:51 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Lynda Barry once said "The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.” (h/t Austin Kleon) However, this doesn't just mean financial overhead. There are other kinds of overhead that we accumulate that can suffocate our abilty to do the crea...Show More
Don’t Fall Prey To The Tyranny Of The Adequate

11:14 | Jul 1st, 2018

What’s the greatest barrier to brilliant work? Is it fear? Lack of time or resources? Confusion? All of these contribute to one degree or another. I’ve written a ton about each of them, (including a full chapter in The Accidental Creative.) However...Show More
How To Measure and Monitor Creative Work

13:19 | Jun 29th, 2018

Effective creative leaders maintain both a scoreboard and a dashboard for their work. These tools help them track important aspects of their team’s progress, health, and culture. On this episode, we share how to establish both a scoreboard and a dash...Show More
Three Simple Principles That Unlock Your Productivity

11:39 | Jun 22nd, 2018

David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is one of the most successful productivity books in history. (If you’re not familiar, I’ve interviewed David a few times – on – the – podcast, and also did an interview with him for his own community about how I...Show More
Avoid The Blame Game

11:33 | Jun 19th, 2018

A culture of blame can erode trust and cause creative teams to do sub-par work. It can easily infiltrate your organization and client interactions and begin to eat away at your ability to produce great work. On this episode we share four signs that a...Show More
The Road Back To You (with Ian Morgan Cron)

25:19 | Jun 14th, 2018

Self-awareness is a valuable asset if you want to lead well, create effectively, and live a good life. However, many people move through life reactively without a clear framework for how they're wired and what truly drives them. On this episode, Ian ...Show More
How To Have The Right Idea at the Right Time (with Allen Gannett)

25:48 | Jun 11th, 2018

If you solve problems for a living (which most of us do), then ideas are critical to your effectiveness. But how do you increase the odds that you'll have the right idea just when you need it? On this episode, Allen Gannet will help us better underst...Show More
How Expectation Escalation Keeps You In Your Comfort Zone

17:02 | Jun 7th, 2018

Are you comparing your in-process work with the absolute best thing ever created in your industry? How about this one... have you ever had a manager express disappointment that you only over-delivered a little instead of a lot? If so, you might be ex...Show More
How Fear Paralyzes Your Creativity

16:55 | Jun 4th, 2018

There's a hidden dynamic that inhibits your ability to connect dots and do brilliant work. Unfortunately, it's also misunderstood. Fear can erode your ability to think creatively and to take necessary risks, but not all fear is something to be shunne...Show More
The One Thing (with Geoff Woods)

24:10 | May 31st, 2018

If your organization is like most others, expectations are rising and resources are probably dwindling. We're trying to cram more activity into our days, but often feel like we're only falling further behind. On this episode, Geoff Woods is here with...Show More
How Dissonance Steals Your Creative Edge

15:24 | May 29th, 2018

Have you ever had a sense that things just aren't adding up? Your brain is sending a signal that there's a gap between what you're doing and why you think you're doing it. That's a dynamic I call dissonance, and it can quickly rob you of your ability...Show More
Off The Clock (with Laura Vanderkam)

24:31 | May 24th, 2018

Annie Dillard once wrote "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing." However, many of us struggle to find a good balance with our time. We always feel like we're runnin...Show More
Exactly What To Say (with Phil M. Jones)

22:23 | May 21st, 2018

Have you ever been in a big client pitch, a challenging company meeting, or a conversation with a peer and been at a loss for the right words? What do you say in those difficult situations to improve your odds of success? This episode features Phil M...Show More
Why Empathy Is Essential (with Michael Ventura)

24:45 | May 17th, 2018

Every so often, a word becomes so common in the marketplace that it begins to lose its meaning. I believe that empathy is one of those words. On this episode, SubRosa CEO Michael Ventura shares insights into how to leverage empathy to thrill and deli...Show More
Choose Wonder Over Worry (with Amber Rae)

23:24 | May 14th, 2018

How much time do you spend worrying every day? For many of us, the answer is "too much". When you worry, you disengage parts of your mind and perspective that are necessary for creative brilliance. On this episode, Amber Rae shares how to identify th...Show More
One Way To Spark Unique Ideas For Your Project

12:28 | May 11th, 2018

You need great ideas consistently in order to do your job. But, where do those ideas come from? You can't just sit there and stare at the problem. Instead, it sometimes help to have a few tools to pull out of your toolbox when you need to be brillian...Show More
Five Myths About Creative People

16:21 | May 7th, 2018

There are several myths that exist about highly creative people, and they can seriously affect how teams are led, how client interactions happen, and how we collaborate with one another. If you believe any of these five myths, it can create chronic i...Show More
Getting To The Best Idea (with David Moldawer)

29:39 | May 3rd, 2018

Ideas are often plentiful, but great, concise, well-presented ideas are rare. Sometimes you need another person to help you shape your work into something that can achieve maximum impact. David Moldawer is just such a person. He's an editor, and a wr...Show More
How To Finish (with Jon Acuff)

35:10 | Apr 30th, 2018

There's so much discussion about how to get started, how to overcome creative block, and how to find your motivation, but you know what's rarely discussed? That's right - how to finish when things get hard. Today's guest Jon Acuff has written the boo...Show More
Friend Of A Friend (with David Burkus)

26:49 | Apr 27th, 2018

Networking. Just the word can sometimes bring chills to introverts like me. We tend to think of networking as "slapping palms" and "swapping business cards" and the whole thing often feel a little... swarmy. However, today's guest David Burkus is her...Show More
How To Give Feedback About Creative Work

12:47 | Apr 25th, 2018

Have you ever presented a project and been told something like "yeah, that's just not working for me"? Not very helpful, right? How you give feedback is really important to a team's culture. On this episode, we share three key principles for giving f...Show More
Find Your Creative Voice With These 10 Questions

17:07 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Since the early days of the Accidental Creative podcast we’ve closed off with the phrase “cover bands don’t change the world – you need to find your unique voice if you want to thrive.” A cover band is a band that plays other people’s music, and they...Show More
Unsafe Thinking (with Jonah Sachs)

42:49 | Apr 20th, 2018

You're probably really skilled at what you do. However, this can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you can take shortcuts that help you create more value faster for your clients or organization. On the other, the more skilled you are the e...Show More
How To Eliminate 90% of the Tension On Creative Teams

11:37 | Apr 18th, 2018

Many of the e-mails and questions we get at Accidental Creative revolve around one question. Actually, it’s one question asked from two different perspectives: How can I get them to understand me? The them in the question is either “my manager” or “...Show More
How To Plan Your Day In 10 Minutes

19:39 | Apr 16th, 2018

If you were going to purchase a house or a car, you would probably step back and consider how you're going to re-organize your finances to ensure that you're preparing yourself properly and will use your money effectively. However, many people are mu...Show More
How To Keep A Creative Project On The Rails

14:31 | Apr 13th, 2018

No matter how well things go in the course of a project, there are always ways in which you can go off the rails. This is especially true when you're leading other team members or a client through a complex web of decisions. Sometimes, there are circ...Show More
The Coaching Habit Revisited (with Michael Bungay Stanier)

32:12 | Apr 9th, 2018

When you think of the word "coach", what image comes to mind? Someone standing on the sideline barking orders at everyone? The master strategist standing in an empty room with a whiteboard full of plans? How about this one: the great listener? On t...Show More
5 Ways To Shake Up Your Creative Process

14:22 | Apr 5th, 2018

Over time, this pressure to produce every day can cause us to fossilize around bad habits. We get into a rhythm – the bad kind – that causes us to move mindlessly through our days without much thought for our process. On this episode we share five pl...Show More
Push Through The Second Wall

13:12 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Anyone can create when they experience a rapturous, intoxicating influx of inspiration. But for creative pros, (emphasis on the pro part), inspiration is often a luxury. We go to work everyday and have to make meaning out of seemingly unrelated bits ...Show More
Make Your Contribution

18:02 | Mar 29th, 2018

Is passion important? Surely. Is it the most important factor in doing great work? I have my doubts. Some of the most effective contributors throughout time have been marked by two characteristics: they were (a) reluctant, but (b) resolved. They saw ...Show More
Great At Work (with Morten T. Hansen)

22:53 | Mar 26th, 2018

What separates top performers from everyone else? Is it really just a matter of hustle and multi-tasking, or is there something else going on? Today's guest Morten T. Hansen has spent several years studying top performers and he's discovered that the...Show More
Why Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race

16:51 | Mar 22nd, 2018

How many times have you heard the old adage "slow and steady wins the race"? This is often used to counter the "perpetual hustle" culture that has emerged in the workplace. The problem? While is essence it’s a solid principle, the way it’s applied is...Show More
3 Strategies For Reclaiming Margin

24:03 | Mar 19th, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed? Yeah, join the club. So many creative pros feel as if they are swimming upstream every day; like they go to bed at night a little farther behind than they were when they woke up that morning. Often, this is a function of a lack o...Show More
Get Momentum (with Jason and Jodi Womack)

26:48 | Mar 15th, 2018

Have you ever had a goal or an ambition, but you simply couldn't figure out how to get moving on it? Or, have you ever encountered a hurdle that you simply couldn't jump over or go around? Today's guests, Jason and Jodi Womack, help people gain momen...Show More
Complete Your Conversations

16:45 | Mar 12th, 2018

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 emotiona...Show More
Five Questions About Your Life and Career

20:25 | Mar 9th, 2018

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) quest...Show More
Craft, Comparison, and Creativity (with Dave Barnes)

51:25 | Mar 5th, 2018

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. John Mayer once wrot...Show More
How To Deal With A Crushing Workload

14:16 | Feb 28th, 2018

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 m...Show More
Asking The Best Questions (with Jordan Harbinger)

29:51 | Feb 26th, 2018

As a creative pro, it's your job to advocate for your client, your company, or your audience. That means refusing to settle for less than the best, and pushing until you get the results that you're striving for. On this episode, Jordan Harbinger, hos...Show More
6 Rules For Chunking Your Time

11:50 | Feb 20th, 2018

A time chunk is simply a dedicated amount of time, an hour or two if possible, to immerse yourself in the important, but not urgent work on your plate. Rather than relying on the non-time-committal nature of a task list, time chunks ensure that you w...Show More
Make The Most Of Your Meetings

14:03 | Feb 16th, 2018

Meetings are necessary to a healthy team, but when you spend most of your day in meetings, it makes it challenging to accomplish any of the real work for which you’re accountable. Worse, when meetings are stacked one after the other, it sometimes mea...Show More
The Questions We Avoid

17:26 | Feb 12th, 2018

In many ways, the quality of your work is defined by the questions you ask. Those who ask the best questions ultimately get closest to the heart of the situation, and in many cases ultimately win. However, you are also defined by the questions that y...Show More
Do What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)

36:28 | Feb 8th, 2018

When you are growing a business, it's tempting to allow yourself to get pulled into the million little things that demand your time. However, there is something that your business needs from you that only you can do, and you're the only one who knows...Show More
Truth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)

26:14 | Feb 5th, 2018

Have you ever been in a business pitch, a conversation with a peer, or an argument and thought "I wonder what that person is really thinking?" On this episode, Mark Bowden, author of Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking, will offer advice ...Show More
25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck

20:22 | Jan 30th, 2018

No matter how talented and driven you are, sooner or later you're bound to feel stuck. When you'e at a standstill, the worst thing you can do is to keep staring at the problem and digging yourself deeper into a rut. On this episode, Todd Henry shares...Show More
Gain Focus With These Three Questions

16:13 | Jan 25th, 2018

If you want to accomplish much of anything, you need to focus. You have a finite amount of attention to allocate to problems that matter. However, many creative pros struggle with questions about what they should focus on, when they should focus on i...Show More
Your Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)

24:51 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Who is your ideal customer? If you're a freelancer, a small business owner, or even someone designing or writing within an organization, this is a critical question. But you can't stop by identifying that customer, you also need to understand how to ...Show More
Jonathan Willis on Passion Projects

40:15 | Jan 19th, 2018

Jonathan Willis is a globe-traveling photographer. His work has been featured by some of the biggest brands in the world, and he's dedicated himself to becoming a true master of his craft. However, over the past few years he's also engaged in a numbe...Show More
5 Myths About Creative People

18:54 | Jan 15th, 2018

You've probably heard them before. You might even believe them. However, the myths that exist about creative people in the marketplace can affect your ability to engage in and do your work effectively. On today's episode, I share five common myths ab...Show More
What Creative People Need

21:03 | Jan 11th, 2018

When you create for a living, you might find yourself frustrated with your management or client and not even know why. When you can't articulate what you need, it's really difficult to thrive. On today's episode, I share the few things that creative ...Show More
Lying To The Pope

18:51 | Jan 9th, 2018

How do you make decisions in your work, about your career, or for your life as a whole? If you don't have a clear framework for making those decisions ahead of time, then you'll be tempted to compromise your values in the moment. On today's show, I s...Show More
There’s a Bear In Ohio!

14:00 | Jan 5th, 2018

If you do creative work for a living, trust is your currency. It's impossible to do great, collaborative, creative work without it. However, there are a number of ways in which we can lose trust and never even know it. On this episode, I share a smal...Show More
Four Questions for 2018

20:20 | Jan 2nd, 2018

It's a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how we want to make 2018 our best year yet. Last year, I introduced four questions that you can ask to help you gain better clarity and establish more meaningful goals. On this episode, I ...Show More
Take More Shots

14:50 | Dec 28th, 2017

Winning is often a game of percentages. The more shots you take, the more likely you are to eventually hit your goal and create something valuable. On this episode, I discuss how to practice and hone your skills through unnecessary creation, follow y...Show More
Staying Creatively Supercharged

15:02 | Dec 26th, 2017

Many people go crashing into the weekend like a running back diving into the end zone. They have thoroughly spent themselves during the work week, so the weekends are their time to completely disconnect, and engage in mindless activities like watchin...Show More
The Seven Deadly Sins

21:36 | Dec 22nd, 2017

As we wrap 2017 and head into a new year, it's natural to look back to consider whether your ambitions for the year lined up with your accomplishments. It's easy to unknowingly settle into ruts without even realize it's happening, and to fail to do t...Show More
The Heart To Start (with David Kadavy)

24:49 | Dec 20th, 2017

What's the most important part of doing creative work? Some people say it's getting started, but I think that's a bit simplistic. It's more about getting started right, and then being able to sustain yourself when times get tough. On this episode, Da...Show More
The Motivation Myth (with Jeff Haden)

26:12 | Dec 18th, 2017

How do you find the motivation you need to attack your goals? According to Jeff Haden, the problem is waiting for motivation at all. If you want to experience fulfillment and tackle big projects, it's more about the process. On this episode, we dive ...Show More
The Fierce Urgency Of Now

18:03 | Dec 14th, 2017

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 area...Show More
Robbing Or Investing In Your Future Self

11:09 | Dec 7th, 2017

Don’t rob yourself, and stop trying to will yourself to do better. Instead, recognize that small actions of focus and discipline today is the best way to love your future self. Make investments today so that you can reap a return tomorrow. ==== Tod...Show More
The Lie About Success That's Holding You Back

17:53 | Dec 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Three Kinds Of Work

14:43 | Nov 30th, 2017

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...Show More
Why You Should Cluster Your Work

15:48 | Nov 27th, 2017

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 Accident...Show More
Marking The Moment

18:02 | Nov 24th, 2017

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 accounta...Show More
Private Victories

17:26 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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 th...Show More
Secret Work

16:10 | Nov 20th, 2017

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. ==== Toda...Show More
What Should I Do With My Life?

26:00 | Nov 16th, 2017

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 la...Show More
Thoughts On Business Travel

18:51 | Nov 9th, 2017

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, brillia...Show More
How To Fight Fair

16:27 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 y...Show More
The Ripple Effect (with Dr. Greg Wells)

30:20 | Oct 30th, 2017

When you think about what it takes to be creative every day, you probably think about the technical aspects of your work, keeping yourself inspired, and other important factors like focus. However, you might not consider how what you eat, how you sle...Show More
Unbranding (with Alison Stratten)

25:47 | Oct 26th, 2017

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 c...Show More
One Mindset Tweak That Will Change How You Approach Your Work

18:58 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Tactics are important and necessary if you want to do brilliant work, but so is mindset. You can be the most talented and disciplined person on the planet, but if you have a blind spot in your mindset you will eventually fail. On today's episode, I t...Show More
Permission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)

22:55 | Oct 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Find The Fire (with Scott Mautz)

20:19 | Oct 12th, 2017

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 be...Show More
The 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)

20:07 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 thei...Show More
Entrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)

23:41 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Andrea Summer on Wanderlust

33:46 | Sep 27th, 2017

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 illnes...Show More
Balancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)

25:37 | Sep 21st, 2017

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". T...Show More
Raise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)

21:46 | Sep 18th, 2017

There are two "games" that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The outer game is about your mechanics. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevi...Show More
No Ego (with Cy Wakeman)

27:28 | Sep 14th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Finding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)

38:40 | Sep 11th, 2017

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...Show More
The Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)

23:04 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 gue...Show More
Being a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)

16:15 | Aug 31st, 2017

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 epi...Show More
Aligning Your Expectations With Reality

19:13 | Aug 28th, 2017

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 un...Show More
The Art Of Selective Attention

20:57 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Every day we are flooded with information. Some of that information might be helpful in serving our clients or organization, but because there is so much of it we are often unable to step back and look for patterns we can apply. On today's episode, I...Show More
Making Work That Lasts (with Ryan Holiday)

28:38 | Aug 16th, 2017

Have you ever considered whether the work you're doing today will still be around in five years? How about ten or twenty years? Many people don't think strategically about how to create work that will resonate deeply for a long time to come. Today's ...Show More
Avoiding The Comparison Trap (with Carrie Wilkerson)

22:57 | Aug 10th, 2017

When you work as a freelancer, or are doing creative work largely on your own, it can be difficult to find a rhythm that allows you to simultaneously bring your best work into the world, and also keep yourself on-track and healthy. On today's show, C...Show More
Finding A Place Of Your Own

12:30 | Aug 7th, 2017

My question for you this week is very simple: where is your sacred space? Do you have a place in your life where you go in order to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Do you have a dedicated space where you can simply pla...Show More
Dealing With Difficult Co-workers (with Dr. Jody Foster)

21:20 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Difficult people can make work miserable. You can control your own work and collaboration, but when there is someone throwing wrenches into the machinery just for fun, it can seriously derail your work and drive you crazy. On today's episode, Dr. Jod...Show More
Be More Focused With A Weekly Checkpoint

24:18 | Jul 27th, 2017

Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms, and how sustainable their...Show More
Be More Focused With A Weekly Checkpoint

24:18 | Jul 27th, 2017

Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms, and how sustainable their...Show More
Three Practices That Will Change Your Life

16:09 | Jul 24th, 2017

It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around...Show More
Three Practices That Will Change Your Life

16:09 | Jul 24th, 2017

It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around...Show More
The Power Of Little Ideas (with David Robertson)

25:02 | Jul 19th, 2017

When you think about innovation, what comes to mind? Blue-sky ideas? Complete disruption? Something no one has ever seen before? Yes, those are important. However, today's guest David Robertson believes that in our pursuit of disruption we often over...Show More
The Power Of Little Ideas (with David Robertson)

25:02 | Jul 17th, 2017

When you think about innovation, what comes to mind? Blue-sky ideas? Complete disruption? Something no one has ever seen before? Yes, those are important. However, today's guest David Robertson believes that in our pursuit of disruption we often over...Show More
The Art of Radical Candor (with Kim Scott)

27:21 | Jul 13th, 2017

At some point in your career, you've probably had "that boss". You know... the one who's either obnoxiously aggressive and issues orders from on-high like the ruler of a small kingdom, or the one who wants so desperately to be liked that they refuse ...Show More
Don't Apologize For Your Existence

14:41 | Jul 10th, 2017

Have you ever been in a meeting, and introduced an idea, then felt the urge to discount or qualify your idea with "well, that's just my opinion", or "just my 2 cents"? Or, do you find the need to apologize anytime you speak up or offer an insight? Pl...Show More
The Two Reasons You Procrastinate or Under-deliver

21:51 | Jul 6th, 2017

There are two fundamental fears that are endemic to the work of creative pros, and they both can prevent you from experiencing the work you're capable of doing. In today's episode, I discuss each of them and how they can cause you to self-limit your ...Show More
Avoiding The Hustle Trap

14:55 | Jun 26th, 2017

Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress. On to...Show More
The Answer To How Is Yes (with Peter Block, from 2008)

28:45 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Over the course of this summer I'm going to share a few legacy episodes of The Accidental Creative podcast. These are some of my favorite conversastions of the past 12 years. Today's episode features a 2008 sit-down conversation I had with Peter Bloc...Show More
In Defense of the Steve Harvey Memo (and Boundaries)

18:15 | Jun 20th, 2017

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 ch...Show More
3 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Limit Creativity

15:48 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 eng...Show More
How To Be Brave In Your Work (with Adam Smith)

19:07 | Jun 8th, 2017

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 T...Show More
Turn Everyday Hunches Into Brilliant Work (with Bernadette Jiwa)

25:40 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 gu...Show More
Real Artists Don't Starve (with Jeff Goins)

45:48 | May 30th, 2017

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 reall...Show More
5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Own Way (And Do Your Work)

16:59 | May 25th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Story You Believe (with Tom Asacker)

31:25 | May 22nd, 2017

The story that you believe can either free you or imprison you. On today's episode, Tom Asacker shares what he's learned about how these narratives can prevent you from doing your best work, collaborating with others, and leading at your full potenti...Show More
When It's Never Good Enough

15:21 | May 15th, 2017

Ever feel like you can't possibly please a boss or client? Or, are you ratcheting up the expectations for yourself (or your team) in a way that makes it impossible for you to be satisfied with an outcome? You might be experiencing something called ex...Show More
Shooting For The Three

12:41 | May 12th, 2017

Is the thing you think you're trying to do with your work really what you're doing? What if the entire system is set up to get you to do something else, but you don't even realize it? On today's episode, I explain why pop radio is so bad, how artists...Show More
Uncertainty, Systems, and Action (with Seth Godin)

23:51 | May 8th, 2017

It's such a joy to have Seth Godin back on the podcast. In this conversation, Seth shares insights about the nature of doing creative work in the face of uncertainty, and how to succeed with the smallest possible market instead of aiming for big. He...Show More
How To Be Everything (with Emilie Wapnick)

23:11 | Apr 30th, 2017

Ever feel like you have too many interests and curiosities to choose just one? For some people, this attribute makes them feel a little out of place in a marketplace full of specialists. However, today's guest says there's nothing wrong with you, and...Show More
The Two Places That Creative Pros Get Stuck (And What To Do About It)

15:56 | Apr 24th, 2017

Your career is going really well, and you're knocking it out of the park with your projects. Then suddenly, one day you realize that your work just isn't quite giving you the same spark or gratification that it once did. Everyone around you is happy ...Show More
Emulate Your Superheroes

12:13 | Apr 20th, 2017

We're all influenced by the greats of our craft. Every writer has a hero, as does every designer, leader, and musician. However, we often fail to think deeply about why those particular heroes are so influential on our own work. In today's episode, I...Show More
The Value Of Strategic Slacking (Or, Why You Should Be Lazy Sometimes)

14:34 | Apr 17th, 2017

Yes, hustle is important. However, it's possible to hustle so much that you become decreasingly effective. In today's episode, I share the value of strategic slacking and how to use the "breakout principle" to have breakthroughs and generate better i...Show More
The Kafka Effect (with Nick Tasler)

27:34 | Apr 13th, 2017

When you're stuck on a project and need an idea, what do you do? Do you stare at it, beating your head against the desk and straining for insight? There's a better way. Today's guest, Nick Tasler, shares a phenomenon called The Kafka Effect and how i...Show More
Why You Should Write A Resignation Letter (But Not Deliver It)

16:22 | Apr 6th, 2017

Does your current job have you dreaming of greener pastures, and longing to make a leap to a new one? Wait! Before you do, I have an exercise for you. You should write a resignation letter, but not send it. Below you can download a transcript to hel...Show More
The 3 Letter Word That's Robbing You Of Great Work

13:29 | Mar 28th, 2017

One three letter word might be killing your creative output. Worse, it's the reason your team doesn't want to collaborate with you, and it's the thing that's preventing you from doing the best work of your life. On today's episode, I share what this ...Show More
Your Instincts Are Killing Your Creativity (with Adam Hansen)

25:42 | Mar 20th, 2017

Your human instincts are fine-tuned for survival, not innovation. This is handy when you're escaping a lion in the wild, but not so great when you need to come up with an amazing new idea for that client project you're working on. On today's episode,...Show More
The Dance Of The Possible (with Scott Berkun)

30:09 | Mar 13th, 2017

Where do great ideas come from? More importantly, how do you put them out into the world where they can actually impact people and change the world? Today's guest, Scott Berkun, has spent many years studying these topics, and he's just released a (gr...Show More
How To Run Your Day From The Back Of An Index Card

20:04 | Mar 7th, 2017

On today's episode, I show you how to run your life from the back of an index card. (Yes, really.) You'll learn how to hone in on your mission for the day, how to bring your best to the people around you, and how to create unique and powerful value f...Show More
Embracing The Spark and The Grind (with Erik Wahl)

25:51 | Mar 3rd, 2017

There are two parts of the creative process that live in constant tension with one another: the spark, which is the exciting idea, and the grind, which is the process of bringing that idea into the world. Today's guest, Erik Wahl, is a graffiti artis...Show More
Being An Evangelist For Your Art (with Mike Quackenbush)

22:39 | Feb 28th, 2017

When you create art for a living, it can sometimes be difficult to talk to others about what you do. That's especially true when others don't have a grid for your core area of passion. In this episode, I have a fun and wide-ranging conversation with ...Show More
Becoming a 10% Entrepreneur (with Patrick McGinnis)

20:47 | Feb 20th, 2017

Many creative pros spend their entire life exchanging their time and skills for money, but never gain an ownership stake in the work they do. However, some have discovered how to build a portfolio of assets that appreciates over time and gives them m...Show More
The Assassins Of Creativity (and How To Spot Them)

19:19 | Feb 13th, 2017

There are three common assassins that can easily slip into your life and work and begin to rob you of your motivation, your focus, and your creative drive. You may not even notice them until you're already on the path to burnout. In this episode, I s...Show More
Modern Mindfulness and Creativity (with Rohan Gunatillake)

26:54 | Feb 6th, 2017

You're running from meeting to meeting. You have four new major priorities due this week. On top of that, traffic is getting worse and you haven't had a vacation in what seems like a decade. Today's guest Rohan Gunatillake is here to help you find a ...Show More
Why We Resist Creative Change (with Jennifer Mueller)

23:45 | Jan 30th, 2017

Ever tried to get your manager to go along with a great idea, but faced resistance on every front? You're not alone. In fact, today's guest Jennifer Mueller argues that most of us are actually resistant to creative change, regardless of what we say. ...Show More
Wired To Create (with Scott Barry Kaufman)

20:27 | Jan 23rd, 2017

How do exceptionally creative people structure their lives differently from others? Are there commonalities in how they think about problems? Do they see their work in a different way? These are some of the questions that we dive into today with rese...Show More
Four Books To Read In 2017

18:58 | Jan 16th, 2017

On today’s episode I’m going to share four books I think you should read in 2017. These are not new books, and a few of them are actually many years old. However, they are books that I either recently read, or go back to over and over, and that I’ve ...Show More
Leading Creative Teams (with Jeremy Bailey)

21:56 | Jan 9th, 2017

Leading a team of creative people, especially in times of change and uncertainty, means constantly striking a balance between strategy and creativity. In today's episode, Freshbooks Creative Director Jeremy Bailey shares insights about how he helps h...Show More
The Power Of Calling Your Own Bluff (with Julien Smith)

39:09 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Julien Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Breather, a company that allows anyone to book beautiful, private, professional spaces whenever they need them. However, it's an idea that almost didn't happen. In this interview, Julien shares why he felt th...Show More
Four Questions To Help You Start Your Year Right

16:00 | Dec 27th, 2016

It’s the start of a new year, and of course that means that many people are beginning to think about where they’d like their life and work to go over the coming months. It’s easy to use this season to set big goals and make big plans, but I often fin...Show More
How To Stay Creatively Inspired With a Study Plan

16:27 | Dec 20th, 2016

What you put in your head often determines the quality of your ideas. However, many creative pros are less than purposeful about the kinds of stimuli they allow into their mind, and are not intentionally seeking new ideas by playing with ideas and tr...Show More
Becoming A Prestige Brand (with JP Kuehlwein)

22:14 | Dec 9th, 2016

How do the world's greatest brands set themselves apart from the competition, and elicit irrational love from their customers? That's the question that today's guest JP Kuehlwein has been studying for years as he's worked with numerous prestige brand...Show More
3 Leadership Skills You Need To Develop Now

15:43 | Nov 30th, 2016

Whether you lead a team or you aspire to, there are certain skills that you need to learn in order to succeed. However, some of those skills are not so intuitive. Today, I share three specific, though not-so-intuitive skills that everyone should deve...Show More
How To Be Simply Brilliant (with Bill Taylor)

26:23 | Nov 23rd, 2016

What is it that separates unique, brilliant businesses from their competitors? Today's guest Bill Taylor is the co-fouder of Fast Company magazine, and the author of a brand new book called . He tells us how to stop striving to be the best, and to st...Show More
Get Your Inbox Under Control (with Jocelyn Glei)

25:59 | Nov 18th, 2016

If you're like many creative pros, email is the bane of your existence. You have to deal with it, because it's the tool of choice for communicating with clients and co-workers, but it's also easy to get sucked into the swamp and spend a lot of your d...Show More
The Power Of Saying No (So That You Can Say Yes To Something Better)

13:09 | Oct 31st, 2016

If you ever feel overwhelmed with the work and opportunities in your life, you're not alone. The vast majority of people I interact with express that there is simply not enough time and energy to get everything done. However, people are also hesitant...Show More
How To Live A Good Life (with Jonathan Fields)

34:21 | Oct 19th, 2016

What does it mean to live a good life? How do you build your life and work in such a way that it reflects the best of who you are? On today's episode, Jonathan Fields shares insights about all of this from his new book . ==== Today’s episode is spo...Show More
The Value Of A Good Story (With Paul Smith)

22:12 | Oct 13th, 2016

If you want others to listen to your idea, buy your work, or follow you, you have to learn how to connect with them on an emotional level. The best way to do that is through the power of story. Today's guest, Paul Smith, is an expert in using the pow...Show More
Two Strategies For Staying Inspired

14:41 | Sep 30th, 2016

Creative work can be isolating. No matter how much you collaborate with others, the bulk of your most important work must still be accomplished alone. However, your relationships are one of the key sources of inspiration, focus, and creative spark. I...Show More
Stop Keeping Score

17:07 | Sep 21st, 2016

Have you ever felt anxious about your job, but you don’t know why? Everything is going well, or at least according to plan, and there is nothing obvious that should be causing anxiety. Yet, when bedtime rolls around, you struggle to get to sleep, and...Show More
How To Make a Career Pivot with Jenny Blake

24:15 | Sep 6th, 2016

Maybe you think it's time for a job change. Maybe you're happy with where you are, but you want to make sure you stay sharp and are prepared for the next opportunity when it arises. Whatever your situation, today's interview with Jenny Blake, author ...Show More
Going All-In On Your Idea with Jane Chen

27:43 | Aug 30th, 2016

Jane Chen is the co-founder of Embrace Innovations, a company that's created an innovative product called the Embrace Warmer. It helps mothers of pre-mature babies living in developing countries keep their baby warm at the fraction of the cost of a t...Show More
How To Gain Clarity In Your Work

17:55 | Aug 19th, 2016

Do you have a framework for making decisions in your life and work? A personal (or team) manifesto can guide your work and help you do work that is personally meaningful and uniquely valuable. It’s not supposed to be an in-depth playbook, but is more...Show More
Introducing The Louder Than Words Bookcast

14:52 | Aug 11th, 2016

In this episode I introduce a brand new podcast called The Louder Than Words Bookcast. It will run for nine weeks, and will illustrate key points from my latest book  about how to uncover your productive passion, sharpen your vision, and master your ...Show More
Podcast: Srini Rao on Being Unmistakable

25:05 | Aug 5th, 2016

Consider a piece of work that truly stands out from the noise, whether it's a song, a book, or a business. What makes it so remarkable? Today's guest Srini Rao has interviewed hundreds of remarkable people, and he has compiled what he learned into a ...Show More
Podcast: Kevin Kelly on The Inevitable

31:31 | Jul 29th, 2016

Where is technology headed, and how will it affect the everyday lives and work of creative pros over the coming decades? This is a question we all need to ask if we want to continue to stay productive and viable. Today's guest, Kevin Kelly, is one of...Show More
Podcast: Meaningful and Contributive

19:34 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Ever feel disconnected from your work, or wonder if you're making the right choices in your career and life? In today's episode we share a simple framework for identifying activities in your life and work that will make a difference, and how to navig...Show More
Podcast: Jordan Harbinger on The Art Of Charm

20:40 | Jul 15th, 2016

If you want to succeed in life and work, it's about more than talent and drive. You also need to cultivate the relational skills necessary to get your work into the world and attract allies for your cause. Today's guest Jordan Harbinger is the co-fou...Show More
Podcast: Peter Bregman On Four Seconds

28:18 | Jul 7th, 2016

What you choose to do in that brief moment between what you experience and how you respond determines everything in your life and work. Today's guest, Peter Bregman, is going to help us learn how to respond more effectively with insights from his lat...Show More
Podcast: Your Time Story

19:15 | Jun 29th, 2016

The story you tell yourself about time might be the most important story in your life. There are three kinds of stories that might derail you if you're not careful, and today we discuss how to counter each of them and adopt a healthier perspective. ...Show More
Podcast: Doing What You’re Wired For

15:47 | Jun 14th, 2016

Are you doing the work you're wired to do, or are you just moving through your days? If you want to figure out what you're best suited for, and you want to create impact with your work, you need to cultvate six traits. This episode is based on my bo...Show More