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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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