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Where do brilliant ideas come from? And, is it possible to do great work under pressure every single day? The Accidental Creative podcast explores how to stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work as a creative pro. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, Daily Creative) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversation at Acci ...
 
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I don’t like to say “no.” I think it’s partly because I tend to gravitate toward possibility rather than pragmatics. But that tendency to always look for new solutions has at times significantly hamstrung my creative process and has, in the past, seriously affected my ability to creatively lead teams. One of the most important disciplines that any …
 
Complexity can creep into your life and process largely unnoticed. Before long, you are attempting to leap hurdles and navigate around pointlessly complex obstacles just in order to do your work. On this episode, we discuss a few areas where you can seek simplicity in 2023 and some strategies for doing so: Your process and workflow Your relationshi…
 
So much conflict and stress in organizational life, or just in life in general, is the result of missed or conflicting expectations. Sometimes, this is because expectations are not clearly articulated and there is a vacuum that needs to be filled. Everyone is living out their own assumptions, which means that “ghost rules”, or invisible and possibl…
 
You probably need new ideas consistently in order to do your job. Where do they come from? If you're like many people, you push pixels, midlessly scroll, or stare at the problem or just hope that you have a breakthrough before time runs out. What if there's a better way? On this episode, I share a technique I use called "nonsense notebooks". I use …
 
Download a packet to help you answer all twelve questions in this series at ToddHenry.com/2023questions. If you don't set markers for growth you will drift. How will you be different this time next year? In this final episode of our three part series, I offer up four questions to ask as you make plans for the coming year.…
 
Download the packet to help you follow along with these questions at ToddHenry.com/2023questions. "The unexamined life is not worth living" is a saying attributed to Socrates. If you fail to understand why things happened the way they did, you are doomed to drift. In this episode, I offer four questions to ask as you look back at the past year that…
 
To get a worksheet for this mini-series, visit ToddHenry.com/2023questions. Now's the time when many people begin to make plans for the coming year. However, just setting big, indiscriminate goals without first assessing how things currently are is a recipe for failure. This week, I'm releasing three shorter episodes to help you prepare for 2023. I…
 
In aerodynamics, when an airplane has structural integrity it means that all of the parts are working together as a whole. It is intact. If there is a violation of that structural integrity, you are likely to experience a problem. Similarly, integrity in our lives and leadership means that all of our individual parts are integrated, or intact and w…
 
In order to confront uncertainty every day, creative pros need to muster the ability to be clear even when they are not positive their idea is the right one. This requires bravery, because creative risk means the potential of failure. How do we as pros, as leaders, and as organizations foster an environment within which bravery is likely to occur? …
 
On this episode, I answer several questions sent in by listeners. Want to ask a question? If we use it I'll send you a Daily Creative t-shirt. Ask your questionHere's what we cover on today's episode: How do teams better take into account the execution of an idea at the moment when that idea is being selected? What principles from my books should t…
 
What does it take to lead talented, creative people effectively? This is an important question to all of us because either (a) we are in the position where we have to lead others every day and what they need from us is often a mystery, or (b) we are being led by someone and we really REALLY wish they understood us better. As you may know, I wrote a…
 
I was nine years old when my grandfather died. I still remember the funeral, not really understanding exactly what was happening, but knowing that I wasn’t going to get the chance ever again to throw football with, watch cartoons with, or make something cool with him ever again. Ever. That’s a tough concept for a nine year old to grasp. After the f…
 
Time is the currency of productivity. How we spend it is - in effect - how we spend our lives. But often we can allow time to simply slip through our fingers and find that no matter how hard we may work, it feels like we’re simply falling behind. It’s almost like we’re running on a treadmill that someone occasionally comes and moves slightly closer…
 
Some of the most effective ideas are those that solve a problem you are personally experiencing. If you have a need, it’s likely others have the same need as well. But often, we gloss over those moments of insight because it seems too daunting to act, or maybe we assume that someone else is probably working on it anyway. But, what if they’re not? W…
 
If you were to choose just one metric by which to measure your success, what would it be? Revenue? Well, we all know that revenue can be a tricky KPI because it doesn’t say anything about profitability. If I make a million dollars while spending two million, it doesn’t really mean much. Product shipped? Again, this doesn’t speak to the efficiency o…
 
The stats on the amount of information we encounter each day are staggering. And, the effects on adult humans are substantial. Researchers estimate that the adult attention span has decreased by about 12 minutes in the past decade. You have an average of 70,000 thoughts in a day. According to research cited in an article in Fast Company, in 2011 Am…
 
Everyone can see success coming well in advance, right? Of course not. When you're in the fray, you're often just trying to hold things together and get through this project, this week, or this year. It's only in retrospect that success seems inevitable. On today's episode, I share an essay from the Leader List (sign up for free!) about Mick Jagger…
 
We have heard the phrase "back to normal" often over the past year. But, is there really any such thing as normal? Now that we have had a taste of virtual and hybrid work, will we ever return to the way things were pre-2020? Today's guest is Mitch Joel. He's the author of several books, the host of the Six Pixels of Separation podcast, and an accla…
 
How you manage your time is often a key indicator of your success or failure. However, many of us think about time in terms of efficiency rather than effectiveness. What if a slight tweak in how we think about our time might be all we need in order to drastically improve our productivity and our sense of well-being? Today's guest is Jenny Blake. He…
 
What makes a great team... great? This is a question that many leaders wrestle with, and the complexity of the problem often causes them to settle for quick and easy solutions rather than really instilling a culture of excellence. In this interview, John U. Bacon shares his experience coaching the worst high school hockey team in the US and helping…
 
If you want to do your best creative work, you must learn to protect your "idea factory". This is the source of your deepest insights and value. A few years ago, I came across the Walt Disney business model from 1957. I liked it so much that I found a copy, framed it, and put it on my wall. The reason that I love this business model so much is beca…
 
My new book Daily Creative is available now wherever books are sold. Today's guest is Pat Hazell. Pat is the Chief Creative Officer at Sweetwood Creative and the host of the Creativity in Captivity podcast, where I was a recent guest. Showtime declared Pat one of the five funniest people in America. His 25 years of experience as a writer, producer,…
 
There is no shortage of advice about how to handle the start of a project, or how to push through and finish one, but what about that grey area in-between? What about the challenges and problems we encounter in the space between? On this replay episode, Scott Belsky is back to share wisdom from his fantastic new book The Messy Middle that will help…
 
Daily Creative releases on September 6th! Pre-order now to receive the audiobook for free, or pre-order 2+ copies and get Daily Creative delivered each day as an email or podcast episode. Learn more or register your pre-order at DailyCreativeBook.com. On this episode, I share two entries from the book Daily Creative. First, we discuss the nature of…
 
My new book Daily Creative is available now! Pre-order and get special bonuses, only available through launch. What do you do first thing? Is there any intentionality about how to enter your day? For the past twenty years, I've engaged in the exact same morning routine, and it's been both a calibrator and a life saver in many ways. In this episode,…
 
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