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The Crazy One is created out of the real experiences and insights that host and award-winning design leader Stephen Gates who gives you actionable insights to be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career and more. He shares the things he has learned first hand leading global in-house and agency creative teams, building multiple Fortune 100 brands, and working with some of the world’s most innovative companies like Apple, Google, Nike, AirBnB, Amazon, WeWork, Disney, The Home Depot and more.

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Episode 110:
‘Metallica’s rock ‘n roll insights on creativity and leadership’ from HOW Design Live 2020

In a rare public interview, I sat down with Marc Reiter, who has worked with Metallica for a quarter-century as their “Chief Creative Guy” to discuss what he has learned working with such iconic creative teams, what drives originality, and what you can learn from all of it. Marc oversees their record label, Blackened Recordings, and works closely with the band to plan and execute all of their music, video, and film releases, as well as overseeing many of the band’s new ventures. Before that, he spent nearly twenty-four years at Q Prime Inc. and Sony Music, where he helped shape and lead work for bands like Pearl Jam and many more.




Episode 1:
Lightbulbs are bullish*t


Episode 33:
Design Thinking: Part 1 – Overview and Inspiration phase


Episode 80:
How to find and restore your confidence


Episode 87:
Supporting and empowering introverts


Episode 82:
‘The Future is Creative’ from HOW Design Live 2019


Episode 88:
Trust is the key to everything


Episode 52:
6 ways to screw up your career


Episode 63:
The good and evil of data, research, and brainstorming


Episode 72:
How to create REAL innovation



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“An almost mandatory podcast for anyone trying to better understand what it means to become a great leader (and not only the creative type!). Wonderful, clear, sharp and abolutely right.”

“It’s as if Stephen has been looking over our shoulders and taking notes. He speaks to the heart and soul of creativity, his advice and insight is like having a mentor on podcast speed dial.”

“I’ve been in a creative rut these past few weeks and this podcast has been a beacon of light for me.

Stephen’s point of view is brutally realistic but still comes off as inspiring. I am constantly sharing his ideas with coworkers and peers.”

“Brilliant, Human-centered & ( Dare I Say ) Life-changing Podcast

When it comes to creativity, innovation and design, I’m the outsider. Always wanting to dance and play in this world, except I lacked the raw talent, education and vocabulary. I’ve rediscovered my crazy. Every episode gives me the courage to tap into my creativity as a professional and human. Truly, life-changing.”

“I cannot emphasize enough the impact it’s made on myself personally and professionally.

I’ve turned many on to it technically NOT in the creative field… – my beau in the Oil industry as a consultant/engineer that cleans refineries, a PR colleague is now glued to the episodes about personal branding as she starts her own consultancy,my sister a lab technician in a hospital is starting to see herself differently after the “Success is a Choice” episode. I could go on… And as one who aspires to change the way Creatives work and are seen in society, this is one of my solid resources for inspiration as well as a constant barrage of ‘a-ha’s’!”

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