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.
||CleanFour Ways To Reclaim Creative Energy||When was the last time you purposefully pruned your life (and project list) so that you had the time, focus and energy you needed for your most important work? Doing this on a regular basis is difficult, because each pruned idea and project feels like .||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Many Creative Pros Struggle With Discipline||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,||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Career Investments Creative Pros Should Make||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.||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting Things Done (with David Allen)||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,||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeading With Emotional Courage (with Peter Bregman)||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 courag.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeep Your Overhead Low||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 creat||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Fall Prey To The Tyranny Of The Adequate||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,||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Measure and Monitor Creative Work||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 dashb||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Simple Principles That Unlock Your Productivity||David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is one of the most successful productivity books in history. On this episode, I share three principles from Getting Things Done that have transformed my productivity over the past 16 years.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvoid The Blame Game||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.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Road Back To You (with Ian Morgan Cron)||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,||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Have The Right Idea at the Right Time (with Allen Gannett)||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,||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Expectation Escalation Keeps You In Your Comfort Zone||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,||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Fear Paralyzes Your Creativity||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,||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe One Thing (with Geoff Woods)||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,||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Dissonance Steals Your Creative Edge||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,||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOff The Clock (with Laura Vanderkam)||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.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExactly What To Say (with Phil M. Jones)||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.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Empathy Is Essential (with Michael Ventura)||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 deligh.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChoose Wonder Over Worry (with Amber Rae)||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,||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Way To Spark Unique Ideas For Your Project||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 brilliant..||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Myths About Creative People||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,||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting To The Best Idea (with David Moldawer)||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,||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Finish (with Jon Acuff)||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.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFriend Of A Friend (with David Burkus)||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,||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Give Feedback About Creative Work||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,||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Your Creative Voice With These 10 Questions||We must actively search for our creative voice, and clear a path for it to emerge. It is uncovered, not manufactured. We may not even like what we discover at first, but by embracing it we will position ourselves to occupy the unique space for which we.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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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....