23 episodes

Formerly The Accidental Creative.
Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story.

Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation.

It's time to fall back in love with your work.

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Daily Creative with Todd Henry Todd Henry

    • Business
    • 4.3 • 38 Ratings

Formerly The Accidental Creative.
Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story.

Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation.

It's time to fall back in love with your work.

Listen to Daily Creative wherever you get your podcasts or subscribe in the Daily Creative app at dailycreative.app.

    4000 Weeks

    4000 Weeks

    In today's episode, we explore the concept of how the sense of time affects our mindset with guest Oliver Burkeman, author of the book "4000 Weeks".
    We delve into several traps that creative professionals often fall into due to this awareness of limited time, such as procrastination, the efficiency trap, and the fear of missing out (FOMO). Burkeman offers strategies to counter these tendencies, including embracing the joy of missing out (JOMO) and focusing on fewer but more meaningful endeavors.
    Furthermore, we discuss the distinction between mapping (planning), making (doing the work), and meshing (personal development), stressing the need for balance among these three types of work to maximize our creative output.
    Key Learnings:
    Finite Time Awareness: Recognizing our limited lifespan helps us focus on what truly matters.Overcome Procrastination: Beginning a project can be intimidating, but it’s essential to move past the fear of losing control.Efficiency Trap: Simply making processes more efficient can lead to more tasks and overwhelm; balance is key.Joy of Missing Out (JOMO): Embracing the joy of missing out can liberate us from the fear of missing out, leading to more focused and meaningful work.Balanced Work Types: Balancing mapping, making, and meshing leads to effective and fulfilling creative endeavors.
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 16 min
    Ask (Or Ask Not)

    Ask (Or Ask Not)

    Why do talented, capable people fail to ask the questions that they know they should ask?
    In this episode, our guest, Jeff Wetzler, author of the book Ask, shares why capable individuals often struggle to learn from others.
    Throughout the conversation, we explore Jeff's five-part ASK framework, designed to systemize effective questioning and enrich our understanding of those around us.
    We learn that choosing curiosity, making it safe, asking quality questions, listening to learn, and reflecting and reconnecting are key practices that lead to impactful learning and growth.
    Join us as we unravel why these practices are crucial and how to integrate them into our daily lives to become more aware, thoughtful, and effective in our personal and professional interactions.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Choose Curiosity: We should actively choose to be curious and strive to learn from others, rather than relying on our existing assumptions.
    2. Make It Safe: Creating a psychologically safe environment encourages others to share valuable insights without fear of judgment.
    3. Ask Quality Questions: Good questions are those that genuinely seek to learn from others and are asked at the right moment.
    4. Listen to Learn: Listening with the intention to learn, rather than to respond, leads to deeper understanding and better outcomes.
    5. Reflect and Reconnect: Post-conversation reflection and subsequent connection ensure that insights are properly understood and lead to actionable steps.
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    • 17 min
    I Am Buffering

    I Am Buffering

    In this episode, we investigate the necessity of working in harmony with our environment and our own resource constraints. We are joined by Laura Mae Martin, Google's productivity expert and author of Uptime, who shares invaluable insights on productivity, efficiency, and creative flow.
    Laura recounts her journey at Google, where she transitioned from a sales role to coaching executives and developing productivity strategies from scratch. In a world teeming with tools and technologies, she argues for the need to be selective about the tools we use and deliberate in our approach to productivity. She introduces her five-step funnel framework—Create, Capture, Consolidate, Close, and Calm—that facilitates creative work from ideation to execution while emphasizing the importance of downtime.
    We also discuss the strategy of zero-based calendaring, which encourages designing your week from a blank slate to prioritize tasks that truly matter. This approach, alongside thoughtful planning and creating buffers in your schedule, can help manage the overwhelming demands of modern work life.
    Five Key Learnings from the Episode:
    1. Work in Harmony: Emulate the serene and focused approach of master artisans to produce high-quality work more efficiently.
    2. Five-Step Funnel: Apply Laura's framework—Create, Capture, Consolidate, Close, and Calm—to streamline your creative process.
    3. Zero-Based Calendaring: Rethink your schedule from scratch to ensure it aligns with your true priorities.
    4. Buffers for Productivity: Allocate specific periods free from interruptions to allow for deep, focused work.
    5. Downtime Equals Uptime: Integrate adequate breaks and periods of calm into your schedule to fuel creativity and prevent burnout.
    Mentioned in this episode: Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 18 min
    Me > We?

    Me > We?

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    Are teams inherently more, or less productive than individuals? And, is there a way to structure teamwork so that it's less cumbersome?
    In this episode, we dive into the fascinating story of Philo Farnsworth, the farm boy who revolutionized the world with the invention of electronic television. Despite his humble beginnings and the lack of formal education, Farnsworth's vision and determination enabled him to outpace corporate giants like RCA, proving the power of individual ingenuity. However, this story sparks an important question: do individuals achieve more than teams, or is there a way for teams to function as highly effective, innovative units?
    We explore this with our guest, David Allen, author of the international bestseller "Getting Things Done" and the new book "Team." David discusses the gap between individual and team productivity and outlines core practices from his book that can help teams function more effectively. These practices include capturing what has the team's collective attention, clarifying and organizing actionable steps, reflecting on progress, and engaging effectively.
    Key Learnings:
    Capture Team Focus: Identifying what captures a team's attention helps bring crucial, non-routine issues into focus.Clarification and Context: Clarifying captured points to understand their importance and context ensures the team is aligned on priorities.Organize Information: Having structured methods to organize and store team data and tasks ensures accessibility and streamlined workflow.Reflect Regularly: Periodic reflection, such as daily stand-ups or annual reviews, ensures the team remains current with objectives and progress.Engage Purposefully: Combining these steps allows teams to engage with purpose, rather than reacting to immediate pressures, thus making more informed and strategic decisions.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 15 min
    Question (Almost) Everything

    Question (Almost) Everything

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    In this episode of Daily Creative, we delve into the fascinating world of questioning and its impact on creativity and problem-solving. We start with a story from the 1980s about A&W Restaurants’ third-pound burger blunder, highlighting the importance of asking the right questions.
    We then welcome Warren Berger, the author of "A More Beautiful Question," who shares his journey from a newspaper journalist to a "questionologist." Berger emphasizes that asking the right questions is a vital skill that often goes untrained, even in fields that rely heavily on inquiry, like journalism.
    Our discussion reveals how innovators from Silicon Valley use questions not just to gather information but to spark creativity and solve problems. Berger introduces us to three fundamental types of questions—Why?, What If?, and How?—that can guide us through any challenge.
    We also explore how leaders can cultivate a questioning culture within their organizations by modeling curiosity, transforming mission statements into mission questions, and encouraging open inquiry among team members.
    Finally, Todd Henry challenges listeners to identify and overcome their own limiting assumptions, or "ghost rules," using curiosity-driven questioning.
    Five Key Learnings:
    1. Clear and effective questioning is crucial in marketing and creative work, as illustrated by A&W’s third-pound burger mistake.
    2. Training in the art of questioning is often overlooked, even in professions that depend on it, such as journalism.
    3. Innovators use questions to understand problems, imagine solutions, and take actionable steps—summarized in the Why, What If, and How framework.
    4. Leaders can foster a culture of questioning by modeling curiosity, encouraging open-ended questions, and rewarding inquisitive thinking.
    5. Challenging and reframing our assumptions (ghost rules) can unlock new possibilities and drive innovation.
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    Pre-order The Brave Habit, get the audiobook for FREE
    You may have noticed that we're currently in the middle of a five part series on creative courage. That's because my new book, The Brave Habit, launches on January 23rd. It's been a multi-year passion project for me, and I really want you to read it.

    So, if you pre-order the book before January 23rd and then register your pre-order, I'm going to give you the audio book for free along with a PDF of the brave habit workbook, super simple.

    And you can do it all at ToddHenry.com/brave

    • 16 min
    Spotlight Sickness

    Spotlight Sickness

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    In this episode we delve into the intricacies of managing the spotlight and thriving within it. Our conversations with Michael Port, Tim Schurrer, and Richard Hytner unfold valuable insights on navigating the pressures of high-stakes situations, finding contentment beyond recognition, and fostering healthy dynamics within creative teams.
    Michael Port shares his wisdom on overcoming self-absorption and neuroses by focusing on being helpful and the need for thorough rehearsal in high-stakes situations. He urges us to rehearse effectively for speeches and critical performances, ensuring we are well-prepared and confident.
    Tim Schurrer draws inspiration from Michael Collins, the unsung hero of the Apollo Eleven mission, to illustrate the satisfaction found in contributing to a larger cause rather than seeking the spotlight. He defines the "spotlight mindset" and offers strategies to counter its harmful effects, emphasizing the importance of humble confidence and recognizing the contributions of others.
    Richard Hytner provides a unique perspective on leadership from the shadows, advocating for the value of "C's" (consiglieri) who support "A's" (accountables) in creative organizations. He emphasizes the significance of reciprocal feedback, emotional intelligence, and the necessity for both roles to appreciate and leverage each other's strengths.
    Key Learnings:
    Focus on being helpful and well-prepared through thorough rehearsal to overcome self-absorption in high-stakes situations.Find contentment and success by contributing to a larger cause instead of seeking recognition and the spotlight.Cultivate humble confidence and create a culture that values and recognizes everyone's contributions.Understand the importance of the relationship between "A's" and "C's" in creative organizations and how both roles can thrive together.Embrace discomfort in the spotlight as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more
    Craft a brand story that makes sense. Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to simplify your message.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

thomaslapierre ,

Time blocking

Excellent podcast, Todd. Lots of helpful guidance. Thanks. I’m also really enjoying and benefiting from your Everyday Brilliance on line course at Accidentalcreative.com. Merci. Thomas LaPierre.

The Marcio Santos ,

Great podcast

Your episode with Jason Falls and his explanation about the nuances of influencer marketing with tips from his book Winfluence were very insightful.

Kris Ward 2016 ,

Great Podcast

Enjoyable, Easy to Listen to. . ..Todd Henry, keeps it moving and keeps it interesting.

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