DAILY CREATIVE PODCAST

What you do every day matters most .

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Creative work requires vulnerability, because you are putting your thoughts, perspectives, and skills on display for others to critique. It can feel very much like a judgment of your work is a judgment of your worth. Because of this, many creative pros become guarded over time in an attempt to protect their sense of self. …
Listen for the Patterns I grew up in a home situated right next to heavily trafficked railroad tracks. At night, as I would lie in bed trying desperately to go to sleep, I would feel a faint rumble in my mattress. It was almost unnoticeable at first, but then it would send vibrations up and …
Phone a Friend One pervasive—and damaging—myth is that creativity is a solo sport. We love to envision the lone creative pro, probably alone in a cabin in the middle of upstate New York, working feverishly at their craft, generating breakthrough after breakthrough in total isolation. Of course, that’s not reality. Yes, much of the work …
Inputs and Outputs Some professionals pride themselves in the ability to deliver under pres- sure. They can work for hours nonstop and are always the first to step up and take on any challenge that comes their way. Their output is unpar- alleled. However, if they don’t mind their inputs, they will soon find not …
Uncomfortable Questions You can learn a lot about a person by the nature of the questions they ask. Brilliant, effective creative pros are willing to ask questions that are inconvenient and uncomfortable. Many people avoid these types of questions because they wish to avoid the accountability that comes with any answer they might find. However, …
You need other people in your life to help you see yourself fully. You only see a certain perspective, but people around you can help you see oppor- tunities for growth and advancement that are invisible to you. But by default, community doesn’t naturally come to you. You have to go to community. You have …
A question I often encourage managers to ask of their team is: “What was the last risk you took, and how did you feel about it?” This question reveals an important understanding about collaboration: everyone has a different tolerance for risk. What feels risky to you may feel completely safe and predictable to someone else …
“What do you want your tombstone to say?” I remember going through this exercise a number of years ago as a participant in a team-building exercise. Everyone struggled to come up with a few words that would describe how they wanted to be remembered after they die. What words could be carved into a hunk …
Some creative teams devolve over time into a culture of blame. A few signs that this may have already infiltrated your team include the following: ► A general lack of accountability: If it’s difficult to identify the single point of accountability for delivering a project or if there seems to be ambiguity about responsibilities on …
I once had a wonderful conversation with Richard Hytner, who was the former global deputy chairman of advertising great Saatchi and Saatchi. He told me that he spent many years of his professional life striving to climb the ladder and become the person in the organizational spotlight. He wanted to be the CEO of a …
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