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The Answer To How Is Yes (with Peter Block, from 2008)
Jun 22 • 28 min
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 Block.…
In Defense of the Steve Harvey Memo (and Boundaries)
Jun 20 • 18 min
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 chair,…
3 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Limit Creativity
Jun 13 • 15 min
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 engage…
How To Be Brave In Your Work (with Adam Smith)
Jun 8 • 19 min
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 The…
Turn Everyday Hunches Into Brilliant Work (with Bernadette Jiwa)
Jun 5 • 25 min
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 guest…
Real Artists Don’t Starve (with Jeff Goins)
May 30 • 45 min
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 really the…
5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Own Way (And Do Your Work)
May 25 • 16 min
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 of…
The Story You Believe (with Tom Asacker)
May 22 • 31 min
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 potential.…
When It’s Never Good Enough
May 15 • 15 min
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…
Shooting For The Three
May 11 • 12 min
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 end…
Uncertainty, Systems, and Action (with Seth Godin)
May 8 • 23 min
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 also…
How To Be Everything (with Emilie Wapnick)
Apr 30 • 23 min
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 that…
The Two Places That Creative Pros Get Stuck (And What To Do About It)
Apr 24 • 15 min
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 with…
Emulate Your Superheroes
Apr 20 • 12 min
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…
The Value Of Strategic Slacking (Or, Why You Should Be Lazy Sometimes)
Apr 17 • 14 min
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 ideas…
The Kafka Effect (with Nick Tasler)
Apr 12 • 27 min
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 it can…
Why You Should Write A Resignation Letter (But Not Deliver It)
Apr 6 • 16 min
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 help you…
The 3 Letter Word That’s Robbing You Of Great Work
Mar 28 • 13 min
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 three…
Your Instincts Are Killing Your Creativity (with Adam Hansen)
Mar 20 • 25 min
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, Adam…
The Dance Of The Possible (with Scott Berkun)
Mar 13 • 30 min
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 (great)…
How To Run Your Day From The Back Of An Index Card
Mar 7 • 20 min
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 for…
Embracing The Spark and The Grind (with Erik Wahl)
Mar 2 • 25 min
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 artist and…
Being An Evangelist For Your Art (with Mike Quackenbush)
Feb 27 • 22 min
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 Mike…
Becoming a 10% Entrepreneur (with Patrick McGinnis)
Feb 20 • 20 min
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 more…
The Assassins Of Creativity (and How To Spot Them)
Feb 13 • 19 min
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 share…
Modern Mindfulness and Creativity (with Rohan Gunatillake)
Feb 6 • 26 min
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 bit…
Why We Resist Creative Change (with Jennifer Mueller)
Jan 30 • 23 min
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.…
Wired To Create (with Scott Barry Kaufman)
Jan 23 • 20 min
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…
Four Books To Read In 2017
Jan 16 • 18 min
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 not…
Leading Creative Teams (with Jeremy Bailey)
Jan 9 • 21 min
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 his…
The Power Of Calling Your Own Bluff (with Julien Smith)
Jan 2 • 39 min
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 the…
Four Questions To Help You Start Your Year Right
Dec 27, 2016 • 16 min
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 find…
How To Stay Creatively Inspired With a Study Plan
Dec 20, 2016 • 16 min
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 trying…
Becoming A Prestige Brand (with JP Kuehlwein)
Dec 9, 2016 • 22 min
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 brands,…
3 Leadership Skills You Need To Develop Now
Nov 30, 2016 • 15 min
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 develop…
How To Be Simply Brilliant (with Bill Taylor)
Nov 23, 2016 • 26 min
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 start…
Get Your Inbox Under Control (with Jocelyn Glei)
Nov 17, 2016 • 25 min
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 days…
The Power Of Saying No (So That You Can Say Yes To Something Better)
Oct 31, 2016 • 13 min
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 to…
How To Live A Good Life (with Jonathan Fields)
Oct 19, 2016 • 34 min
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 sponsored…
The Value Of A Good Story (With Paul Smith)
Oct 13, 2016 • 22 min
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 power of…
Two Strategies For Staying Inspired
Sep 30, 2016 • 14 min
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. In…
Stop Keeping Score
Sep 21, 2016 • 17 min
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 you…
How To Make a Career Pivot with Jenny Blake
Sep 6, 2016 • 24 min
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 of ,…
Going All-In On Your Idea with Jane Chen
Aug 30, 2016 • 27 min
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…
How To Gain Clarity In Your Work
Aug 19, 2016 • 17 min
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 of a…