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What I Want For You From Reading Herding Tigers

I want you to unleash the best work of your team. You are leaving too much value on the table. If you’ve hired (or inherited) talented, brilliant people, you owe it to them to create an environment in which they can thrive. Not just do great work, but thrive. You want to become the kind of organization where people are standing in line to get in, and I believe it can happen for you. 

Create Work That Lasts (My Interview With Chase Jarvis)

A few weeks ago I had the chance to travel to LA for an interview with one of my favorite creators and entrepreneurs, Chase Jarvis. Chase is an incredible photographer, and is the co-founder of CreativeLIVE, a platform designed to help creative pros to learn new skills from the best in the business.

Are “Ghost Rules” Holding You Back?

Over time, it’s easy to adopt small “rules” about you approach your work, what is and isn’t possible, and how the culture of your team or organization should function. You may not even know that these rules exist, but they are certainly limiting the effectiveness of you and your team.

Keep Your Leadership Fire Alive

If you lead a team of people, you have the responsibility to keep your flame burning bright and hot. Yes, you can still do your job for a while without inspiration, but eventually your team will catch on to the fact that you’re not really smoking what you’re selling, and they’ll start to wonder whether their sacrifices are really worth it.

Why Everyone Hates Your Meetings (And How To Fix It)

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 little time to think or be strategic about them.

My New Book Herding Tigers Is Here

I've been looking forward to writing this post for over two years. It's with (barely contained) joy that I get to announce that my new book Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need is just two weeks from release. (Jan 16th - Amazon, B&N, Indiebound)...

The 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, and to fail to do the work you know...

The 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, we dive into why focus can...

The 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, I share three areas where you need...

Robbing Or Investing In Future You

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 episode is...

Three 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 effective. On...

Why 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, I share a few tactics from The Accidental Creative to...

Marking 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, or the next project you're accountable for...

Private 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, and skills necessary to sustain the public...

Secret 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. ==== Today's episode is...

What 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 larger questions of...

Thoughts On Business Travel

If you travel for business, you know that it can be both stressful and frustrating. However, if you have some core principles that guide how you approach travel it can also turn your time "on the road" into space to help you be more prolific, brilliant, and healthy....

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