The Accidental Creative
By AccidentalCreative.com - Todd Henry
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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) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.
||CleanUnsafe Thinking (with Jonah Sachs)||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,||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Eliminate 90% of the Tension On Creative Teams||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”||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Plan Your Day In 10 Minutes||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,||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Keep A Creative Project On The Rails||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,||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Coaching Habit Revisited (with Michael Bungay Stanier)||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?||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Ways To Shake Up Your Creative Process||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.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPush Through The Second Wall||There are two walls that creatives hit when engaged in making something meaningful. The first wall, and the most obvious one, occurs before or very early in the process. It’s what causes us to shrink back from engagement and to instead seek something||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake Your Contribution||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.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat At Work (with Morten T. Hansen)||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.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race||It’s not enough to make daily, measured progress on your work if it’s not deliberate progress. If you’re not moving in a meaningful direction, then failure is a likely outcome. While most professionals know this,||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 Strategies For Reclaiming Margin||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,||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Momentum (with Jason and Jodi Womack)||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,||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComplete Your Conversations||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,||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Questions About Your Life and Career||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,||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraft, Comparison, and Creativity (with Dave Barnes)||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. On this episode,||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Deal With A Crushing Workload||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,||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsking The Best Questions (with Jordan Harbinger)||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,||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 Rules For Chunking Your Time||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,||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake The Most Of Your Meetings||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,||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Questions We Avoid||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.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)||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,||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTruth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)||Have you ever been in a business pitch, a conversation with a peer, or an argument and thought "I wonder what they're really thinking?" On this episode, Mark Bowden, author of Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking,||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck||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,||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGain Focus With These Three Questions||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,||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)||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,||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Willis on Passion Projects||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 .||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Myths About Creative People||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,||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Creative People Need||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,||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLying To The Pope||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,||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere’s a Bear In Ohio!||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,||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Questions for 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,||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake More Shots||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,||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Creatively Supercharged||Weekends are not only a great time to rest, but also to recreate (as in "re-create" yourself, and to regain your focus and enthusiasm for your life and work.) By instilling a few simple checkpoints, or rituals, in your weekend,||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Deadly Sins||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,||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Heart To Start (with David Kadavy)||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,||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Motivation Myth (with Jeff Haden)||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,||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fierce Urgency Of Now||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,||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobbing Or Investing In Your Future Self||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.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lie About Success That's Holding You Back||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 hu.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Kinds Of Work||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 e.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Should Cluster Your Work||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,||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarking The Moment||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,||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrivate Victories||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,||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSecret Work||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.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Should I Do With My Life?||Do you have a framework for making larger decisions about your life, your career, and your work? How do you decide what you're trying to do with your life? In this episode, I address a question from a listener about how to make decisions about the larg.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excited about this series of podcasts!
This is an excellent introduction to the speaker's philosophy of creative development. My only question is, who is this guy, and where can I get his stuff? There's nothing on the website to tell me who you are! I especially like the correlation between personal creative dissonance and organizational dissonance. Gives me a paradigm to view my own business and creative efforts. Can't wait to listen to more! T Myers, 87 Ideas.
A very succint and helpful podcast
I'm an independent animator working on a long project... This podcast really speaks to me... I haven't found the information presented in this podcast anywhere else but it has really helped me stay productive and interested in my current tasks.
A Creative Must!
Whether you have a creative role or not, this is a wonderful podcast. A good motivation for any career....