Over the course of this show we have talked a lot about how to lead creative teams because there are many unique challenges for this type of leadership. One of the biggest challenges is how to effectively coach and grow the members of your team to make them a more valuable part of the team and meet their career goals. In this episode, we will look at how you can apply that leadership to people on your team and get the results you want from them using a simple three step process you can...
Empathy is a simple phrase that's increasingly popular thanks to methodologies like Design Thinking, but very few people understand it, how to incorporate it into their work or how to find real empathy with their customers. In this episode, we will look at what empathy entails, the things people mistakenly think is empathy, how to find empathy in your work and find a balance between empathy and subject matter expertise.
They say that people quit bosses, they don’t quit jobs and this is mostly true. But leading and working as a creative comes with its own set of challenges that can drive people to leave your team or for you to find a new job. In this episode, we will look at some of those unique challenges, what you can do about it as a leader or as an employee, and that are 4 questions you need to ask before you change jobs.
My new Lynda.com course ‘Leading Creative Teams'
I recently launched a 2 1/2 hour, 24 episode course on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning called 'Running a Design Business: Leading a Creative Teams’. Itcovers how creative leadership is unique, why it's important, the ways leaders can improve what they are doing, and how to help foster the kind of culture that is most beneficial.
Leading a creative teams is hard because you have to balance giving your team enough freedom to come up with their own ideas while still leaving room for your influence and leadership. In this episode, we will look at the 10 / 80 / 10 rules which will give you a 3 part framework to calibrate your leadership against and find the right balance of team freedom and your leadership.
Too many people think that luck has something to do with success but nothing could be further from the truth. You need to make your work luck and in this episode, we will take a closer look at what people really meany when they say people are ‘lucky', how preparation defines success more than anything, give an example of that from one of my most famous projects and talk about the habits of “lucky” people.
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Creativity ebbs and flows for everyone. We all know that the times when you are struggling to find ideas and feel like you are in a slump are the most frustrating but what can you do to break out of it? In this episode we will look at the different types of creative slumps, the reasons why they happen and techniques you can use to break out of them.
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Since apps were introduced with the launch of the iPhone app store a decade ago, every business wants to have a great, impactful app but many creatives still make big mistakes in the way they are designing those apps. In this episode, we will go through everything I have learned designing multiple iOS and Android apps which have had 5 star user reviews for years, have named as one of the world’s 100 best apps, and have been included in 9 Apple keynotes, the Human Interface Guidelines and...
There is a lot of nuance and emotion that goes into creativity and part of your success will be determined by how well you understand and control those emotions. Insecurity can play a huge part in helping or hurting your creative process so its something you need to be able to control. In this episode, we will look at the stages on creative insecurity, how social media can effect it and some technique to help you control it.
Over the past 10 years there has been continuous investment the growth of in-house creative teams which has resulted in a changing relationship between companies and their agencies. In this episode, we will look at the pro’s and con’s of in-house and agency creative teams, the different ways they work and where we all need to go from here.
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As your career grows, it's natural to want to learn from people who are older, more experience or more successful than you are. As you become more successful, it also becomes natural to want to pay that experience forward to younger creatives. But how to do approach someone who you want to learn from, how do you know what type of mentor you should be and how do both sides do it successfully? In this episode, we will look at how to find or become a mentor, start a productive conversation...
The relationship between creatives and their clients is one of the most important parts of the creative process because to be able to do great work, your clients need to trust and respect you and your creative process but it doesn’t always happen. In this episode I will talk about how to build a solid foundation with any client, the importance of trust in that relationship, how you can training bad traits out of difficult clients, how you can avoid problems by including clients in the...
Creative teams are at their best when they are given a problem to solve instead of a solution to be vetted. One of the biggest places where these problems are generated are from company executives who throw out ideas that are taken as gospel to be blindly followed instead of a challenges that needs to be understood and solved. In this episode, I will walk you through the to most common and problematic places where this happens and how you can overcome it to let your team be creative and...
This episode answers listener questions about how can creatives can pick the right time to ask for a raise or promotion, what’s the best way to negotiate your raise, how you can get remote teams to work together more seamlessly, and a discussion of how companies should be valuing and hiring creative talent. If you have questions you want answered you can ask them by ‘liking’ The Crazy One podcast on Facebook, finding me on Twitter @sdgates or on LinkedIn and I will answer them on an...
In this third in a 3-part series, we will look at implementation which is the final phase of Design Thinking where you bring the insights from the inspiration phase and the concepts from the ideation phase to life into prototyping, testing and final delivery. Then we will look at some of the ways you can bring Design Thinking in your culture including how you can bring this thinking to your company, how your team members should act and how you can change your culture.
The second in a 3-part series that's a crash course in Design Thinking that will teach you all the important parts of this methodology that I learned while becoming an IDEO certified Design Thinking Trainer. In this episode, I will teach you how to take the insights you found through your research in the inspiration phase and start to brainstorm ideas by learning how to craft ‘How might we’ statements and the 7 rules for running a better brainstorm.
Everyone is talking about Design Thinking but not many people understand or know how to use this methodology. This is the first in a 3 part series that is a crash course in Design Thinking that will teach you all the important parts of this methodology I learned while becoming an IDEO certified Design Thinking Trainer. In this episode, we will give you an overview of all of the parts of Design Thinking and then explore the inspiration phase which consists of research and synthesis.
The world is always changing around us and as creatives we need to be able to see these changes before they happen because those changes give us the opportunity to create disruptive ideas. But changes doesn’t always happen to an industry because on a start-up or app. This episode will teach you lessons in non-traditional disruption from tattooing, toys and my work on Apple Watch, as well as how you can learn to overcome cognitive bias to spot these opportunities before everyone else.
This episode answers listener questions about how to figure out what the salary if you should ask for on your next job interview and how to show your company the value of an in-house creative team. If you have questions you want answered, ‘like’ The Crazy One podcast on Facebook, post them there and I will answer them in an upcoming show.