We all need to start this conversation (especially men) because gender bias is a real problem that is very difficult to discuss and understand its conscious and unconscious expressions. Very few people understand it, have any idea how to confront it or make changes to improve it. In this episode, we will look at why this is a real problem, what a realistic outcome would be, the nine different types of bias, and what we can do about it.
Is there anything worse than having your entire day eaten up by meetings? They are too often unfocused, willed to too many people who don’t need to be there and they don’t seem to accomplish the decisions that needed to be made. In this episode, we will look at why team cultures change being so meetings centric and the four things you need to work on so you can have fewer meetings and the ones you do have will be more productive.
Listening to this podcast and taking notes isn’t enough to having anything change for you or your team. In this episode, I wanted to share the one thing that I think is the missing manual for this show that will help you get more out of the information I share and make more of a change for you and your team.
Fighting for what you believe and what your team's needs are a critical part of leadership. It has to be a balancing act because if you to do it too much then you are a real pain to work with but if you don’t do it enough then you aren’t an effective leader. In this episode, we will look at how to find a balance in how often you have fights, why they are important and how to make fighting constructive instead of destructive for you and your career.
As we continue to explore the relationship between creativity and some of our base emotions we move on to one of the most difficult for your work, your team and yourself - honesty. In this episode, we will look at honesty vs. candor, how to apply it, and deep dive into it in your career, your personal life, your work and yourself.
I wanted to close out 2017 by looking back at some of the most important themes and issues we discussed over the past year of the podcast. In this episode, we will look at the show’s common themes of creativity, your career and leadership to dig deeper into the things that I think are important, where I see a lot of creative struggling and the things that were in the most popular episodes over the past year.
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.