If we are honest, every company is dysfunctional in some way, most people aren’t sure how to break through in their careers, and you never admit to any of those problems in public. Creative people have the opportunity to affect business in ways we haven’t seen since the Industrial Revolution, yet too many of us don’t know how to get our voice heard, demonstrate the value of our teams or get a seat at the leadership table.

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.


What makes this podcast different?

HONESTY

No sugar coating and no magic bullets here. This show is an honest look at the challenges that face creative people today and doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects.

REAL EXPERIENCE

The information in the shows come from Stephen’s 20+ years of working with and leading world-class creative teams who have created and launched real innovation across industries.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Working as the Chief Design Evangelist means that Stephen works with companies of all sizes and maturity levels all over the world and can see trends, what works, and what doesn’t.


WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS

No matter if you are an individual contributor or leading hundreds of people, the show covers a wide range of topics for people and teams of all maturity levels.

INTERACTIVE

Though shows created from listener questions to constantly engaging over social media, this show is set up to be an on-going conversation and Q&A with the audience.

ACTIONABLE TAKE AWAYS

The show is created by someone who has led multiple creatives teams, so you learn how to apply what you learn and not just talk about everything in theory.

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THE LATEST EPISODE:

Episode 97:
How to deal with change.

Our careers, personal lives, and the world around us are always changing. This causes stress, anxiety, and even fear, which can derail and debilitate us. But change happens all the time, and how we perceive it and the effect it has on us can make a huge difference in our health, happiness, and success. In this episode, we will look at why we struggle with change, why our feelings about it are normal, and some things we can do to try to deal with it in healthier ways.

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Don’t take our word for it.

Here are some of the things people who listen to the show are saying about how it has helped them and their careers.


Rated 5 stars by listeners in every global iTunes store, including the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Brazil, and more.

Has been the #1 Design Podcast and consistently appears in the iTunes What’s Hot list in multiple countries.


“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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ABOUT STEPHEN GATES

Chief Design Evangelist at InVision, international keynote speaker, global head of design, and designer.

I’m the son of a Creative Director 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepting, and design for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 100 brands and innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years building and leading agency and in-house teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process, consumer research and political skill to create innovative, world-class work that changes industries and companies.

I currently the Head of Design Transformation at InVision where I partner with the world’s top brands including Google, Nike, AT&T, and more to create customized strategies that elevate the business impact of design. I previously worked at McCann Erickson, Citi and Starwood Hotels and have worked with clients like American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, ExxonMobil, Acura, Citi, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and more.

As a result of this work, I’ve won over 150 international design awards, have had my app designs named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, HOW Magazine named me #17 on the 100 of the most talented and influential creatives working today and more. Apple has featured my work in 10 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, the Human Interface Guidelines, iTunes App Store, Apple Stores, one of my app designs was chosen for their ‘Best of’ yearly list and as one of the world’s 100 best apps.

SEE HIS WORK, TALKS AND MORE

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Recruiting is so broken. I was contacted about a leadership position at a mid-market bank but they required a Bachelor's degree and 15 years on banking experience - no exceptions. I have none of those things and neither do the heads of design at any major banks that I know of.

Next week I'm doing an all-new talk/webinar with @bureauofdigital on remote leadership and you can get half off the ticket price the code “thecrazyone”. Register here -> https://bureauofdigital.com/event/leading-remote-teams-webinar-how-to-get-your-groove-back

Another Apple Keynote Masterclass! This time we focus on how to design a great slide looking at the one foundational concept you always need to keep in mind and then redesign a commonly seen, overcrowded slide into something simple and impactful. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unzSpqP5Wq4