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There are some natural tensions that creative pros must wrestle with in order to remain effective. One that I wrote about in The Accidental Creative is what I call the process vs. product tension, which describes the dynamic of compromising the process in order to pre-maturely shape the product to match pre-defined expectations. Instead, we …
There are many things a good leader or collaborator 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 with their work. This is especially true when doing …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. In …
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 …
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