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Permission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)
Oct 19 • 22 min
When you hear the story of the founding of a business, you often get the sanitized version. You only hear the high points. However, it’s often in failure that the biggest lessons are learned. Today’s guest Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid several years…
Find The Fire (with Scott Mautz)
Oct 12 • 20 min
You’re a pro. You do the work even when you don’t feel like it. Still, you can’t discount the value of inspiration. Without it, your work might begin to ring hollow. How do you protect the fire so that you can stay engaged and motivated to do your best…
The 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)
Oct 9 • 20 min
Diversity in leadership is not only good for culture, it’s good for business. On today’s show, Kat Gordon, the founder of the 3% Movement, shares insights into how the movement began and how leaders of organizations can build more diversity into their…
Entrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)
Oct 4 • 23 min
It’s one thing to build an income around a product or an idea, but it’s something entirely different to build a business. On today’s episode, Dorie Clark shares insights from her new book Entrepreneurial You. She’s going to help us think through how to…
Andrea Summer on Wanderlust
Sep 27 • 33 min
Andrea Summer has been working on an album project called Wanderlust for a few years, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. She’s had to work on the project a little at a time as the resources were available, she lost her voice due to a fluke illness,…
Balancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)
Sep 21 • 25 min
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”.…
Raise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)
Sep 18 • 21 min
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 inevitable…
No Ego (with Cy Wakeman)
Sep 14 • 27 min
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…
Finding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)
Sep 11 • 38 min
Who are your people? I’m talking about the people who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks? We all need these people in our life, especially when doing creative work…
The Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)
Sep 6 • 23 min
You have an idea inside of you that could change the very world around you. And, many people allow those ideas to die on the vine because they lack the courage to take the first step, or the community around them to support their efforts. Today’s guest,…
Being a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)
Aug 31 • 16 min
How often are you conscious of the story you’re telling through your work? You can’t afford to create just for yourself. You need to be mindful of how the work you’re creating will be received by the educated consumer on the other end. In today’s episode,…
Aligning Your Expectations With Reality
Aug 28 • 19 min
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…
The Art Of Selective Attention
Aug 23 • 20 min
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…
Making Work That Lasts (with Ryan Holiday)
Aug 16 • 28 min
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 guest…
Avoiding The Comparison Trap (with Carrie Wilkerson)
Aug 10 • 22 min
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, Carrie…
Finding A Place Of Your Own
Aug 7 • 12 min
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 play…
Dealing With Difficult Co-workers (with Dr. Jody Foster)
Aug 3 • 21 min
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. Jody…
Be More Focused With A Weekly Checkpoint
Jul 27 • 24 min
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 work…
Three Practices That Will Change Your Life
Jul 24 • 16 min
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…
The Power Of Little Ideas (with David Robertson)
Jul 17 • 25 min
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 overlook…
The Art of Radical Candor (with Kim Scott)
Jul 13 • 27 min
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 to…
Don’t Apologize For Your Existence
Jul 10 • 14 min
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? Please…
The Two Reasons You Procrastinate or Under-deliver
Jul 6 • 21 min
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…
Avoiding The Hustle Trap
Jun 26 • 14 min
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 today’s…
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…