Leadership episodes

As creative people, we are working in a time when we have the opportunity to affect business in ways we haven’t seen since the Industrial Revolution. The challenge is that many of us have never had the leaders who have helped us develop the skills we need to be lead teams, inspire ideas or help our teams grow. These episodes cover a wide range of topics which will help you become a better and more effective leader.


EPISODE 83

Your leadership maturity level, persona and communication style

We have talked a lot about leadership over the course of this show but this episode will focus more on concrete ways of measuring your leadership maturity, figuring out your leadership persona and look at 4 different leadership communication styles.
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EPISODE 72

How to create REAL innovation.

Innovation is easily the most abused word in the corporate lexicon because we all talk about it so much but so few companies and teams are actually able to create it. In this episode, we will look at why innovation fails, the traits of truly innovative teams and what you can start doing on your team or in your company to fix all of this.

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EPISODE 70

Understanding and improving your emotional intelligence

To lead creative teams you need to be able to understand your emotions, understand how other people feel and how your emotions can have an effect other people. In this episode, we are going to look at the five different parts of emotional intelligence to understand how they are all connected, how they affect you and what you can do to improve it.

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EPISODE 64

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 58

Confronting gender bias

We all need to start this conversation (especially men) because gender bias is a real problem that is very difficult to discuss and understand its conscious and unconscious expressions. Very few people understand it, have any idea how to confront it or make changes to improve it. In this episode, we will look at why this is a real problem, what a realistic outcome would be, the nine different types of bias, and what we can do about it.

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EPISODE 51

How to work with underperforming people and teams

One of the toughest things you will ever do as a creative leader is to come up with a plan and have the tough conversations with a person or team that is struggling to deliver great work. It is the leadership question I am asked the most so in this episode we will look at the different ways you need to work with an individual person versus an entire team that is struggling and the what your role as a leader has to be in this process.

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EPISODE 48

3 steps to help you coach and grow your team members

Over the course of this show, we have talked a lot about how to lead creative teams because there are many unique challenges for this type of leadership. One of the biggest challenges is how to effectively coach and grow the members of your team to make them a more valuable part of the team and meet their career goals. In this episode, we will look at how you can apply that leadership to people on your team and get the results you want from them using a simple three-step process you can start using today.

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EPISODE 46

Why creatives quit and what you can do about it

They say that people quit bosses, they don’t quit jobs and this is mostly true. But leading and working as a creative comes with its own set of challenges that can drive people to leave your team or for you to find a new job. In this episode, we will look at some of those unique challenges, what you can do about it as a leader or as an employee, and that are 4 questions you need to ask before you change jobs.

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EPISODE 45

Become a better leader with the 10/80/10 rule

Leading a creative team is hard because you have to balance giving your team enough freedom to come up with their own ideas while still leaving room for your influence and leadership. In this episode, we will look at the 10 / 80 / 10 rules which will give you a 3 part framework to calibrate your leadership against and find the right balance of team freedom and your leadership.

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EPISODE 38

Building stronger relationships with your clients (even the difficult ones)

The relationship between creatives and their clients is one of the most important parts of the creative process because to be able to do great work, your clients need to trust and respect you and your creative process but it doesn’t always happen. In this episode, I will talk about how to build a solid foundation with any client, the importance of trust in that relationship, how you can training bad traits out of difficult clients, how you can avoid problems by including clients in the creative process and some basic tips to building rapport with your clients.

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EPISODE 32

Create game-changing ideas by seeing opportunities before anyone else

The world is always changing around us and as creatives we need to be able to see these changes before they happen because those changes give us the opportunity to create disruptive ideas. But changes don’t always happen to an industry because on a start-up or app. This episode will teach you lessons in non-traditional disruption from tattooing, toys and my work on Apple Watch, as well as how you can learn to overcome cognitive bias to spot these opportunities before everyone else.

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EPISODE 17

What do you need to look for to hire better creatives?

Every team wants to hire the best people but what do you look for? How do you get better at it? What should you avoid? This episode walks you through some of the questions I’ve learned to ask, some of the things I’ve learned to look for and some of the tests I’ve developed to find the best people.

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EPISODE 3 

Culture, beliefs and the power of ‘What inspires you?’

Team cultures are created either by default or by design. This episode will look at how to evaluate your team, the steps to create a strong culture and understand the power of asking ‘What inspires you?’.

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EPISODE 2 

Obstacles and 7 steps to becoming a better leader

Companies are desperate for more creative leadership but few of them know how to coach people on becoming better leaders. This episode looks at the most common leadership obstacles you will have to overcome and the 7 steps to help you become a better leader.

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