Navigating your career path can be extremely hard as there are a lot of traps and obstacles that can cause real problems you won’t see until it is too late. In this episode, we will explore six of the most common career mistakes and explore a few different ways you can be sure you don’t make them in your career.
One of the toughest things you will ever do as a creative leader is to come up with a plan and have the tough conversations with a person or team that is struggling to deliver great work. It is the leadership question I am asked the most so in this episode we will look at the different ways you need to work with an individual person versus an entire team that is struggling and the what your role as a leaders has to be in this process.
A replay of my sold out session from Adobe MAX 2017 that asked can you tell people why you are different and better than every other creative out there? This session will highlight the power, importance, and difficulties of creating your own personal brand, see why building your brand is critical for finding the perfect new job, standing out in your current job, or getting respect in the industry.
A replay of my sold out session from Adobe MAX 2017 called 'In-house Powerhouse: Building, Managing an Empowered Internal Creative Team' that looked at how companies want creativity and design like never before, but very few of their internal creative teams have been empowered to take advantage of this demand. In this episode, I share what I have learned leading successful and empowered client-side teams for more than 11 years at Starwood Hotels and Citi.
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.