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Creative Cafe | Standup Comedy with Sarah Cooper

5/20/2019
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Continuing our behind-the-scenes miniseries, we talk to Sarah Cooper: comedian, writer, author of the books 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and the new one, How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings. We dive into how a standup comedy act takes shape, what gets changed over time, and what we can learn about creating consistently great work from standups.

Duration:00:47:25

Make It So

5/13/2019
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How do we bring our full selves to our work, when a lot of that work feels like a slog? Even if we love our jobs, so much of what we do each day can repeat. We show up, we execute, and we repeat. Over and over again. Today, the story of the Boston-based venture capitalist Sarah Downey of Accomplice. The self-proclaimed nerd loves sci-fi, fantasy, and most of geek culture. Yet despite her role in tech, being her true self at work wasn't always welcome. Recently, she decided to unite her...

Duration:00:23:16

A Very Persuasive Porpoise

5/7/2019
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When complacency kicks in, and others refuse to change, we often try to persuade them to change or act in the exact opposite way we should. In this episode, the story of how Sean Callahan and Russell Glass found more effective and far more delightful approach.

Duration:00:34:00

Sound Comes First

4/30/2019
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Something unthinkable is happening at Grado Labs in Brooklyn. That is, if you can find the damn place... Today, a story about family, business, legacy, and hand-crafted products, found in the most unlikely of industries: the fast-paced, high-budgeted world of consumer electronics.

Duration:00:31:13

Creative Cafe | The Speaking Business

4/24/2019
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In the third episode of our miniseries featuring in-depth, behind-the-scenes conversations about makin' stuff, we shed light into the black box that is the professional keynote speaking industry.

Duration:01:01:22

Thank Dog

4/11/2019
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Alex Cook's grandfather brightened every room he entered. Now, thanks to Alex, his brother, an old dog, and some lobsters, Tirrell Cook might just inspire every family to brighten the lives of their eldest members.

Duration:00:41:20

Creative Cafe | How to Make a Great Show

4/3/2019
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In the second episode of our miniseries featuring in-depth, behind-the-scenes conversations about makin' stuff, we share never-before published thoughts and ideas learned by making this show for three years.

Duration:00:39:49

A Small Fiction

3/18/2019
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Inside the internet's smallest creative project (which is having a massive impact on its audience) through the eyes of its creator. Together, we uncover the two component parts to creative work that we can use to constantly exceed expectations over time.

Duration:00:41:39

Show Update: Where did Exceptions go?

3/13/2019
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You can find Exceptions anywhere you listen to your podcasts, including on... Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/exceptions/id1451633126 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4tXUONfdFE0h9HculjEq36?si=mM6vCZnYSmSfaXkR5KgAvg Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1451633126/exceptions

Duration:00:41:42

The Paradox of Exceeding Expectations

3/5/2019
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If you work through the logic, you arrive at a shocking conclusion: If you exceed expectations even one time, you launch a spiral towards unreasonable, impossible work. But if we were to re-think what "exceed expectations" means, we'll uncover something far more in our control. It's not about one sliding scale of competency pushed ever further out. It's about something else entirely.

Duration:00:18:52

Bad Different | Eye-Opening Stories about Being Unique

2/25/2019
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Why are we so obsessed with the idea that we should be "different" in our work? We hear that "different is better than better." But is it? Today, we explore the science and the societal ubiquity of this idea, and we hear a few eye-opening stories about food, cars, and music that suggest why and how we should rethink this advice. Kinda.

Duration:00:25:52

Made to Stick | Anthony Constantino, CEO of Sticker Mule

2/18/2019
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Sticker Mule is ubiquitous in the tech world, but from the outside looking in, nothing they do feels "creative." Understanding their story can help us rethink what creativity really means. It's not about random acts or stunts. Creativity is a way of operating. So what does that look like?

Duration:00:30:56

Creative Cafe | Dan Mills, Creative Director at Wistia

2/13/2019
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Introducing a new miniseries running within Unthinkable: Creative Cafe, the kind of emotional, insider, and cathartic conversations creative people always have over drinks that microphones usually ruin when we try to record them.

Duration:00:47:09

Resonance vs. Reach | Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon | Season 5 Premiere

2/4/2019
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A plea about creativity in the workplace, and a brief exploration of the evolution of the internet to learn why we should change how we communicate our value to others as creators.

Duration:00:19:29

Kid President's Battle

1/21/2019
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Robby Novak's most popular video has been seen over 44 million times, and even though it's his face, his words, and his VIDEO, almost nobody watching knows his name is Robby Novak. Instead, they call him something else: Kid President. In this episode, hear why even the most enjoyable of videos KP has created -- and the best work from the best creators on the planet -- suffers from one issue that we must face as well. Watch Kid President's Pep Talk video here:...

Duration:00:12:27

The Worst Career Advice

1/7/2019
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I kick off Season 5 by sharing the worst advice I've ever received and announcing the next leg of our journey together to fight against conventional thinking in our work. As promised, here are the two links mentioned: TRAVEL LOG: [http://bit.ly/jay2019log](http://bit.ly/jay2019log) My transparent, public, and continually updated account (editorial calendar and more) of my work this year, packaged as a travel journal. We're fighting against one awful phenomenon in business (shortcut...

Duration:00:11:56

Why LESSONLY Prioritizes Psychological Safety Above All Else ["Exceptions" Ep.7]

12/26/2018
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In Episode 7 of my docuseries with brand partner Drift, we go inside a rising star in B2B, Lessonly. The company's internal principles guide everything they do, and they articulate some very atypical but refreshing principles. Underpinning every principle and every action spawned from those principles is one core concept: Psychological Safety. Hear why it's so dangerous to overlook this idea, and the very real ways it's changed Lessonly's team for the better. Plus, why is the company's VP of...

Duration:00:38:44

Why BUFFER Thinks About Traffic vs. Audience vs. Community ["Exceptions" Ep.6]

12/17/2018
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In Episode 6 of my docuseries with brand partner Drift, I continue to explore why the world's best B2B companies are betting big on brand. Today, we go inside social media software company Buffer. They're an exception for many reasons, but chief among them is how they increase emotional resonance between their team and their audience. In this episode, I define the differences between traffic, audience, and resonance, and we hear how Buffer executes against each. Special thanks to Brian...

Duration:00:40:01

How FIRST ROUND CAPITAL Changed VC Brands Forever ["Exceptions" Ep.5]

12/7/2018
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In Episode 5 of my docuseries with brand partner Drift, I continue to explore why the world's best B2B companies are betting big on brand, with a twist: We go outside the world of product companies and talk to one of the world's most well-known VC firms in tech, First Round Capital. In the episode, we talk to Looker cofounder and CTO Lloyd Tabb about his experiences working with FRC, and then hear from Bill Trenchard, one of the partners at the firm. MORE GOOD STUFF: My book, Break the...

Duration:00:38:26

Gravy

11/21/2018
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In the third of three Thanksgiving Week specials, we hear the incredible story of two individuals who so in-touch with WHY they do their work that they make decisions others can't possibly stomach, and overcome challenges most of us have never faced. It's Unthinkable ;) (For more weekly stories, subscribe to my newsletter, Damn the Best Practices: [bit.ly/damnpractices](http://bit.ly/damnpractices))

Duration:00:32:13