Creativity episodes

Creativity doesn’t come from a job title or working in a certain department. We are all creative but our jobs, education and society have made us forget. These episodes cover everything from the basics of the creative process to more advanced subjects for creative teams.


EPISODE 64 CREATIVITY

Best practices for remote work

Increasingly as companies become more global and our work becomes more complex we are working, ideating and creating with teams all over the world and it can be very difficult to be successful using old approaches in this new way of working. In this episode, we will look at the most common problems with remote work, the most common misperceptions, and the different mindset, tools, and behaviors you will need to be successful.

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EPISODE 63 CREATIVITY

The good and evil of data, research, and brainstorming

Combining data and research with your creative process is a tricky and frustrating thing for too many people. In this episode, we will look at data, research and brainstorming to see how powerful they can be when used correctly, the reasons why they can completely kill creativity when used incorrectly and the best practices you should use so that all these techniques can strengthen your work.

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EPISODE 54 CREATIVITY

The importance of honesty for your work, your team and yourself

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.

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EPISODE 47

Understanding and applying empathy in your work

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.

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EPISODE 43

Understanding and breaking through creative slumps

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 some of the things I have found successful to break them.

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EPISODE 41

Understanding and embracing insecurity

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 of creative insecurity, how social media can affect it and some technique to help you control it.

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EPISODE 40

Who owns creativity: In-house or agency teams?

Over the past 10 years, there has been a continuous investment in 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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EPISODE 37

How to stop executive interference in your creative process

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 challenge 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 become more empowered within your company.

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EPISODE 27

The importance of happiness in creativity

I always ask creatives “Do you know what you need to be happy” and its amazing how few of them can actually answer that question. This episode looks at why happiness is an important part of creativity, understanding how being happy is a part of creating versus the creative process, and how you can understand things that influence your happiness like decision fatigue.

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EPISODE 26 

Creativity is a blue-collar profession

Creatives have opportunities right now that we haven’t seen since the industrial revolution and we’re blowing it. This episode is a continuation of Episode 1 ‘Lightbulbs are bullsh*t’ that goes beyond understanding your creative process to look at how to find better insights that will lead to better ideas.

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EPISODE 20

Insights from my dinner with chef Thomas Keller on creativity and culture

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for bucket list dinner with luxury retail developer Ken Himmel and chef Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York City to discuss their insights on creativity, leadership, building culture, hiring and more.

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EPISODE 15

My conversation with Ferran Adria, the world’s greatest chef

Ferran Adria has been called the world’s greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. This episode shares the insights on creativity, inspiration and more I learned from my visit to elBulli Taller and my conversation with Ferran Adria, the world’s greatest living chef.

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EPISODE 10

How to build a creative strategy

If you want to have great ideas then you need to base those ideas in a great strategy. This episode will look at ways to build a better and stronger creative strategy using the power of empathy and 8 question that will give you the answers you need to get started.

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EPISODE 1 

Lightbulbs are bullish*t

Most people believe the myth that ideas are lightbulbs where we get all the answers to the problem all at one. Nothing is further from the truth. This episode looks at insights and tips on how you can be more creative and get a better understanding of your creative process.

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