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Find Your Creative Voice With These 10 Questions
Apr 23 • 17 min
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…
Unsafe Thinking (with Jonah Sachs)
Apr 20 • 42 min
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 easier…
How To Eliminate 90% of the Tension On Creative Teams
Apr 18 • 11 min
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 “my…
How To Plan Your Day In 10 Minutes
Apr 16 • 19 min
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 much…
How To Keep A Creative Project On The Rails
Apr 13 • 14 min
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…
The Coaching Habit Revisited (with Michael Bungay Stanier)
Apr 9 • 32 min
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 today’s…
5 Ways To Shake Up Your Creative Process
Apr 5 • 14 min
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 places…
Push Through The Second Wall
Apr 3 • 13 min
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 of…
Make Your Contribution
Mar 29 • 18 min
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 the…
Great At Work (with Morten T. Hansen)
Mar 26 • 22 min
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 there…
Why Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race
Mar 22 • 16 min
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…
3 Strategies For Reclaiming Margin
Mar 19 • 24 min
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 of…
Get Momentum (with Jason and Jodi Womack)
Mar 15 • 26 min
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 momentum…
Complete Your Conversations
Mar 12 • 16 min
An unbelievable amount of focus, time, and energy is spent in many organizations relitigating decisions that have already been made and should have been final. Not only is this a massive sinkhole for the team’s resources, it’s a drain on its emotional…
Five Questions About Your Life and Career
Mar 9 • 20 min
Are you exactly where you’d like to be in your life and career? Chances are, you probably aren’t. There are things you’d like to accomplish and places you’d like to go, but sometimes you feel stuck. On this episode, I share five (very uncommon) questions…
Craft, Comparison, and Creativity (with Dave Barnes)
Mar 5 • 51 min
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 wrote…
How To Deal With A Crushing Workload
Feb 28 • 14 min
Workloads and expectations are increasing. It’s not a cliché, it’s a fact. It’s the single biggest (confidential) complaint that I hear when spending time with companies. I was speaking at a conference in Florida, and in the short Q&A at the end of my…
Asking The Best Questions (with Jordan Harbinger)
Feb 26 • 29 min
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, host of…
6 Rules For Chunking Your Time
Feb 20 • 11 min
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 will…
Make The Most Of Your Meetings
Feb 16 • 14 min
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 means…
The Questions We Avoid
Feb 12 • 17 min
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 you…
Do What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)
Feb 8 • 36 min
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 what…
Truth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)
Feb 5 • 26 min
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 for…
25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck
Jan 30 • 20 min
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 25…
Gain Focus With These Three Questions
Jan 25 • 16 min
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 it,…
Your Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)
Jan 22 • 24 min
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…
Jonathan Willis on Passion Projects
Jan 19 • 40 min
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 number of…
5 Myths About Creative People
Jan 15 • 18 min
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 about…
What Creative People Need
Jan 11 • 21 min
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…
Lying To The Pope
Jan 9 • 18 min
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 share…
There’s a Bear In Ohio!
Jan 5 • 14 min
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 small way…
Four Questions for 2018
Jan 1 • 20 min
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…
Take More Shots
Dec 28, 2017 • 14 min
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 your…
Staying Creatively Supercharged
Dec 26, 2017 • 15 min
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 watching TV,…
The Seven Deadly Sins
Dec 22, 2017 • 21 min
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 the…
The Heart To Start (with David Kadavy)
Dec 20, 2017 • 24 min
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, David…
The Motivation Myth (with Jeff Haden)
Dec 18, 2017 • 26 min
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 into…
The Fierce Urgency Of Now
Dec 14, 2017 • 18 min
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 areas…
Robbing Or Investing In Your Future Self
Dec 7, 2017 • 11 min
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. ==== Today’s…
The Lie About Success That’s Holding You Back
Dec 4, 2017 • 17 min
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…
Three Kinds Of Work
Nov 30, 2017 • 14 min
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…
Why You Should Cluster Your Work
Nov 27, 2017 • 15 min
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 Accidental…
Marking The Moment
Nov 24, 2017 • 18 min
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 accountable…
Private Victories
Nov 22, 2017 • 17 min
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 the…
Secret Work
Nov 20, 2017 • 16 min
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. ==== Today’s…