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The Accidental Creative

A Business, Careers and Health podcast featuring Todd Henry
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Taking An Idea From Hunch To Shark Tank and Beyond
Several years ago, toymaker Neal Hoffman had an idea for a new toy that would make his family’s life much more fun. The problem was, he had another job at the time, and this “side project” was likely to take up much more time and resources than he …
The Career Investments Every Creative Pro Should Make
I am frequently asked for career advice, and I very, very rarely offer it. Why? First, because I only intimately know my own path and those of a few others. Second, because all advice is local. What works for one person will be misery for another. …
A Five-Part Daily Planning Process
Your life is composed of days, and how you spend those days is how you spend your life. On this episode, I share a simple five-part daily planning process that will help you stay on-course, engaged, and focused on the things that matter most. Today…
Getting The Small Things Right
It’s tempting to gloss over small areas of misalignment or misunderstanding because they seem like no big deal in the moment. However, those small areas of misalignment can become big problems later. On this episode, we share a few ways this happen…
The Proximity Principle (with Ken Coleman)
Many people dream of making a leap into their ideal career, but have no clue what their first steps should be. On this episode, Ken Coleman (host of the Ken Coleman Show and author of The Proximity Principle) shares some simple, practical tips for …
Two Types Of Workplace Stress
Stress. We all deal with it, and it affects our work in significant, and often unseen ways. There are actually two types of stress that we encounter in doing creative work, and on this episode we share what they are and how to deal with them so tha…
What It Takes (with Raegan Moya-Jones)
Have you ever had an idea for a new business or initiative but didn’t know the next step to take? Today’s guest Raegan Moya-Jones was in that exact place. In fact, she admits that she Googled her way through the first years of her first business, w…
Focus, Function, Fire
What exactly does a great leader do? There are three key things that an effective leader of creative people provides for the team consistently and well. On this episode, I share the importance of focus, function, and fire to the creative process. I…
Three Questions You’re Probably Not Asking (But Definitely Should Be)
Those who ask the best questions ultimately win. There are some questions that are obvious. These are the ones that directly affect our work and its outcomes. Then, there are questions that hover just beneath the surface of our work, and rarely get…
Color Filter Theory
The story you believe becomes your experience of reality, because it’s your filter for all of your experiences. If you filter your life through the lens of anxiety, everything will feel like a threat. If you filter your life through the lens of hop…
Distractions (Squirrel!)
Distractions are a baked-in part of the modern workplace. Wouldn’t it be great if we could eliminate them and just focus on our important work? Well… on this episode we share six strategies for dealing with distractions in your world, and how to fo…
Protecting Your Team’s Time and Attention
The two most precious resources you have as a creative pro are your time and attention. They are under a constant onslaught from organizational needs, client demands, and personal anxieties. As a manager, you must commit to protecting these finite …
Unnecessary Baggage
I have a confession to make: I’m a natural-born over-packer. When I go on a trip, it’s very likely that I’ll come home with a lot of unworn clothes and unnecessary weight in my travel bag. This is a tendency I recognized early in my business travel…
The Art of Completing Conversations
So much stress and misalignment happens in organizations because conversations are left incomplete. There is misunderstanding, dissonance, and a general level of anxiety about expectations and next steps. On this episode, we share a few simple stra…
Limitless (with Laura Gassner Otting)
You proably have goals you’d like to pursue or dreams you’d like to chase. It’s also likely that there are limits that you encounter as you pursue them. However, some of those limits are self-imposed. On this episode, Laura Gassner Otting is here t…
How To Keep Going (with Austin Kleon)
At some point, you’re going to encounter difficult times as a creative pro. It could be something that happens to you, or a situation you created yourself. How do you persist in your work in the face of adversity and challenges? On this episode, Au…
Clean and Dirty Fuels
What drives your creative work? Some fuels that drive our work burn “clean”, and some burn “dirty”, meaning they leave a residue that makes it difficult to continue producing great work over time. On this episode, I share the difference between cle…
Legacy In The Making (with Lucas Conley)
How do you define legacy? Or more importantly, what will be the legacy of your business or brand? Or, for you personally? On this episode, Lucas Conley shares insights from his reseach about how people and brands are building legacies that resonate…
Loonshots (with Safi Bachall)
Some ideas are so crazy that “moonshot” doesn’t even do them credit. “Loonshot” seems more appropriate. On this episode, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bachall is here to teach us how to nurture the crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases, and tr…
The Making Of a Manager (with Julie Zhuo)
When you first step into your role as a manager, your entire work world changes. You are no longer simply responsible for your own work. Now, you are responsible for the work, the culture, the process, and anything else that happens on your team. I…
Escape Hatches
There are a number of ways in which we build “escape hatches” to relieve the stress and fear that we might under-perform. On this episode, I talk about three of those common “secondary ways of escape”, and how to begin to counter them. === Today’s …
Mementos
What you surround yourself with can inspire new ideas and motivate you to keep pressing on when things get difficult. On this episode, I share the three categories of “mementos” that you can keep in your workspace to help you push through challenge…
Adventure Is Right In Front Of You
I sent a tweet (@toddhenry) the other day that addressed a pattern I’m seeing with people I’ve been interacting with. It seems that many people are losing the narrative. They expect results without adventure. Celebration with the risk of rejection.…
3 Ways To Gain Creative Focus
You have a finite amount of attention to spend on behalf of the creative problems you’re solving. How you allocate that attention will often determine your success or failure. On this episode, I share three simple strategies for gaining creative fo…
Dealing With a Difficult Co-worker
Work would be so easy if it weren’t for all the people, right? However, all of us have to deal (from time to time) with difficult co-workers and people who seem intent on making our lives miserable. On this episode, I share a few principles for dea…
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 26th, 2016
Latest Episode
May 28th, 2019
Release Period
Daily
No. of Episodes
247
Avg. Episode Length
21 minutes
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