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The Accidental Creative



The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) intervie



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Make The Most Of Your Meetings

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:06:59 +0000

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. On this episode, we share five quick tips from Herding Tigers about how to make the most of your meetings.


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The Questions We Avoid

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:42:39 +0000

In many ways, the quality of your work is defined by the questions you ask. Those who ask the best questions ultimately get closest to the heart of the situation, and in many cases ultimately win. However, you are also defined by the questions that you choose to avoid. If you run away from important questions because they're uncomfortable to address, then you might compromise your body of work and never fully achieve your potential.


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Do What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:13:03 +0000

When you are growing a business, it's tempting to allow yourself to get pulled into the million little things that demand your time. However, there is something that your business needs from you that only you can do, and you're the only one who knows what it is. On today's episode, Jen Gotch (co-founder of Bando), shares her thoughts about social media, growing a business, leading creative teams, and how to keep yourself inspired and focused when your business is too big to be small, and too small to be big. 


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Truth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:56:26 +0000

Have you ever been in a business pitch, a conversation with a peer, or an argument and thought "I wonder what they're really thinking?" On this episode, Mark Bowden, author of Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking, will offer advice for how to apply critical thinking to how you interpret body language so that you can better discern what's going on inside someone's head.


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25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:39:27 +0000

No matter how talented and driven you are, sooner or later you're bound to feel stuck. When you'e at a standstill, the worst thing you can do is to keep staring at the problem and digging yourself deeper into a rut. On this episode, Todd Henry shares 25 simple, but effective questions to help you get out of your creative rut and get moving on your work.


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Gain Focus With These Three Questions

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:24:36 +0000

If you want to accomplish much of anything, you need to focus. You have a finite amount of attention to allocate to problems that matter. However, many creative pros struggle with questions about what they should focus on, when they should focus on it, and whether the thing they're doing is even the right thing.  On this episode, Todd Henry shares three questions you can ask each week to help you allocate your finite attention in the best places, and get more of the right things done. 


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Your Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:44:32 +0000

Who is your ideal customer? If you're a freelancer, a small business owner, or even someone designing or writing within an organization, this is a critical question. But you can't stop by identifying that customer, you also need to understand how to communicate in a way that will resonate deeply. In other words, you need to uncover their "secret language". 


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Jonathan Willis on Passion Projects

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:09:36 +0000

Jonathan Willis is a globe-traveling photographer. His work has been featured by some of the biggest brands in the world, and he's dedicated himself to becoming a true master of his craft. However, over the past few years he's also engaged in a number of "passion projects" as a way to stoke his creative juices and to challenge himself.


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5 Myths About Creative People

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:00:33 +0000

You've probably heard them before. You might even believe them. However, the myths that exist about creative people in the marketplace can affect your ability to engage in and do your work effectively. On today's episode, I share five common myths about creative people, how they limit our ability to bring value to our clients and organization, and what we can do about them.


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What Creative People Need

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:00:29 +0000

When you create for a living, you might find yourself frustrated with your management or client and not even know why. When you can't articulate what you need, it's really difficult to thrive. On today's episode, I share the few things that creative people need in order to do their best work, and how you can ask for them so that you can be prolific, brilliant, and healthy. 


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Lying To The Pope

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:30:50 +0000

How do you make decisions in your work, about your career, or for your life as a whole? If you don't have a clear framework for making those decisions ahead of time, then you'll be tempted to compromise your values in the moment. On today's show, I share a simple framework for identifying some of your core drivers so that you are prepared to make decisions before you get into those high pressure situations. 


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There’s a Bear In Ohio!

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:30:16 +0000

If you do creative work for a living, trust is your currency. It's impossible to do great, collaborative, creative work without it. However, there are a number of ways in which we can lose trust and never even know it. On this episode, I share a small way we breach trust and how that can affect us at the worst possible moment.


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Four Questions for 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:06:06 +0000

It's a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how we want to make 2018 our best year yet. Last year, I introduced four questions that you can ask to help you gain better clarity and establish more meaningful goals. On this episode, I re-visit those questions and share how I'm answering them for the upcoming year. 


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Take More Shots

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:27:50 +0000

Winning is often a game of percentages. The more shots you take, the more likely you are to eventually hit your goal and create something valuable. On this episode, I discuss how to practice and hone your skills through unnecessary creation, follow your instincts for opportunity, and to build a diversified portfolio of risk by taking more shots.


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Staying Creatively Supercharged

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:28:45 +0000

Weekends are not only a great time to rest, but also to recreate (as in "re-create" yourself, and to regain your focus and enthusiasm for your life and work.) By instilling a few simple checkpoints, or rituals, in your weekend, you can spark your creative juices and ensure that you're clear-headed and focused heading into your next week


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The Seven Deadly Sins

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:57:46 +0000

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 you're capable of doing. On this episode, I'll share seven common areas where people and teams unknowingly settle, and a few questions to help you identify and move past them.


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The Heart To Start (with David Kadavy)

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:06:56 +0000

What's the most important part of doing creative work? Some people say it's getting started, but I think that's a bit simplistic. It's more about getting started right, and then being able to sustain yourself when times get tough. On this episode, David Kadavy shares some insights from his new book The Heart To Start. 


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The Motivation Myth (with Jeff Haden)

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:00:18 +0000

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 actually be your enemy, how to find happiness by quantifying your progress, and how to accomplish long-arc projects by thinking small. 


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The Fierce Urgency Of Now

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:56:38 +0000

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 to stay on top of your mindset and mechanics so that you don't pay a price later. 


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Robbing Or Investing In Your Future Self

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:00:54 +0000

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.


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The Lie About Success That's Holding You Back

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:48:26 +0000

What does success feel like at the beginning, or in the middle? It's difficult to say. In fact, many massive successes felt like anything but success when they were in the early stages. On today's show, I share some thoughts about how to prevent the hurdles of uncertainty from limiting your ability to engage your work. 


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Three Kinds Of Work

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:54:01 +0000

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 today's episode, I share the three kinds of work and the traps that we fall into when we fail to engage in them.


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Why You Should Cluster Your Work

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:03:27 +0000

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 help you cluster your work for a more effective work week. 


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Marking The Moment

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:18:43 +0000

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 delivering. However, when your work is just one long series of things to do, you have no rhythm. There's no seasonality. On today's show, I discuss the value of building moments of reflection and celebration into your work. 


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Private Victories

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:23:37 +0000

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 victories.


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Secret Work

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:29 +0000

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.


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What Should I Do With My Life?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:42:25 +0000

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 life and career.


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Thoughts On Business Travel

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:00:37 +0000

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. On today’s show, I share a few principles for traveling well and staying emotionally (and physically) healthy.


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How To Fight Fair

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:38:52 +0000

Conflict is a natural and expected thing when you have talented, driven people working side by side. In fact, if you don’t have conflict on your team then it’s potentially a sign of a lack of health. Conflict can sharpen your relationships, but how you handle it is everything. On today’s episode I share a few quick tips for fighting well.


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The Ripple Effect (with Dr. Greg Wells)

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:52:01 +0000

When you think about what it takes to be creative every day, you probably think about the technical aspects of your work. However, you might not consider how what you eat, how you sleep, and how you exercise affects your ability to think well and be brilliant when it matters most. On today's show, Dr. Greg Wells shares some highly practical advice about how to better care for yourself so you can think clearly and deliver results under pressure. Dr. Wells is the author of the new book The Ripple Effect.


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Unbranding (with Alison Stratten)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:53:36 +0000

How do the best brands in the world inspire loyalty? And, why do some brands just seem to fall apart even though they seem to be doing everything right? On today's episode, Alison Stratten is here to share a few stories of brands who have leveraged comfort, cost, convenience, and convergence to grow incredible customer loyalty. Alison is the co-author of the new book Unbranding. 


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One Mindset Tweak That Will Change How You Approach Your Work

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:28:26 +0000

Tactics are important and necessary if you want to do brilliant work, but so is mindset. You can be the most talented and disciplined person on the planet, but if you have a blind spot in your mindset you will eventually fail. On today's episode, I talk about one very important mindset tweak that will help you to bring your best effort every day. 


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Permission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:27:22 +0000

When you hear the story of the founding of a business, you often get the sanitized version. You only hear the high points. However, it's often in failure that the biggest lessons are learned. Today's guest Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid several years ago, but the early days weren't always so smooth. She's just published a book called Permission To Screw Up in which she chronicles some of the lessons learned as an entrepreneur and a boss, and on today's show she shares some of the hightlights.


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Find The Fire (with Scott Mautz)

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:32:12 +0000

You're a pro. You do the work even when you don't feel like it. Still, you can't discount the value of inspiration. Without it, your work might begin to ring hollow. How do you protect the fire so that you can stay engaged and motivated to do your best work? That's the question Scott Mautz is here to answer with tips from his new book Find The Fire. 


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The 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:26:05 +0000

Diversity in leadership is not only good for culture, it's good for business. On today's show, Kat Gordon, the founder of the 3% Movement, shares insights into how the movement began and how leaders of organizations can build more diversity into their teams to help them better serve their clients.


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Entrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:33:15 +0000

It's one thing to build an income around a product or an idea, but it's something entirely different to build a business. On today's episode, Dorie Clark shares insights from her new book Entrepreneurial You. She's going to help us think through how to develop multiple sources of revenue to grow trust, influence, and income. 


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Andrea Summer on Wanderlust

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:24:25 +0000

Andrea Summer has been working on an album project called Wanderlust for a few years, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. She’s had to work on the project a little at a time as the resources were available, she lost her voice due to a fluke illness, and she struggled with wanting to give up multiple times. In our conversation, we discuss the origins of the project, the source of her dedication to making it happen, the highs and lows she’s encountered along the way, and what other artists can learn from her journey.


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Balancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:18:36 +0000

We set up a false choice between pursuing creative work that you love, and maintaining a day job. In fact, some of the great artists, writers, thinkers, and scientists throughout history did their best work while simultaneously working a "day job". Today's guest, Adam Walker Phillips, has just released a mystery novel called The Silent Second. On this episode, we discuss the book, and how he managed to write and publish it while still having time for his family and his very successful career.


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Raise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:49:43 +0000

There are two "games" that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevitable conflicts you experience in the course of your day. Today's guest David Levin will share insights into how to improve your game with insights from his new book Raise Your Inner Game. 


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No Ego (with Cy Wakeman)

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:19:13 +0000

Leading creative teams is challenging. You not only have to manage very complex work, but also the very complex interpersonal relationships and aspirations of the people on your team. Today's guest Cy Wakeman shares tips for minimizing the drama and producing your best work. Her new book is called No Ego.


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Finding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:15:24 +0000

Who are your people? I'm talking about the people who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks? We all need these people in our life, especially when doing creative work largely in isolation. On today's show, Dane Sanders and I chat about the importance of creative community and how to find it.


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The Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:00:17 +0000

You have an idea inside of you that could change the very world around you. And, many people allow those ideas to die on the vine because they lack the courage to take the first step, or the community around them to support their efforts. Today's guest, Nilofer Merchant, has just released a book called The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Ideas Mighty Enough To Dent The World, and she shares stories of people who have taken their idea from hunch to impact and changed the world in the process.


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Being a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:20:21 +0000

How often are you conscious of the story you're telling through your work? You can't afford to create just for yourself. You need to be mindful of how the work you're creating will be received by the educated consumer on the other end. In today's episode, Alexander Jutkowitz shares how to use wisdom, wonder, and delight to weave stories that will connect with your audience with insights from his new book The Strategic Storyteller.


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Aligning Your Expectations With Reality

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:53:50 +0000

One of the greatest sources of tension on creative teams is when unspoken expectations are violated. This can lead to misalignment with your clients, with your peers, and even with your own efforts. On today's episode, we'll look at three kinds of unspoken expectations and three ways to prevent them from taking root and disrupting your work. 


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The Art Of Selective Attention

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:07:03 +0000

Every day we are flooded with information. Some of that information might be helpful in serving our clients or organization, but because there is so much of it we are often unable to step back and look for patterns we can apply. On today's episode, I share some thoughts about the art of selective attention and how to transform information into understanding so that we can create more value for the people we serve.


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