Having a creative career is extremely challenging since what we create is so personal. As a result, there aren’t any set ways to be successful and growth can be difficult without the right mentorship. These episodes aim to help anyone from designers to anyone who is creative be more productive and create better work.
The critical difference between design vs. creativity
Design and creativity are two terms most people use interchangeably, but they could not be more different, and understanding those differences can make huge differences in your career, your team, and the impact you make in your company. In this episode, we will look at how design and creativity are often confused and misunderstood, how they should be defined, why the difference is important, and how to apply them to your career and team.
The real reason why you aren’t getting promoted
I talk with people every week who are frustrated because they feel they are stuck in their career or doing something wrong because they can’t seem to get promoted. In this episode, we are going to look at the problem we are up against in getting promoted, look behind the scenes of the promotion process, understand why your current strategy probably isn’t working and give you a new way of looking at how to build your career to get better results.
Trends in recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best talent.
Finding and hiring great creative talent is getting harder every day due to record low levels of unemployment, the increasing demand for creative skills, and the expanding role of design. In this episode, we will look at a few of the trends taken from the new Design Trends Report I co-authored that affecting how we find, recruit, hire, and train the best creative people.
How to make peace with yourself to improve your creativity.
Creativity and insecurity go hand in hand because our ideas and creative process are strongly influenced by what we have experienced in our life. The challenge is that we have all led different lives, so it is pretty much impossible to find other people who have the exact same problems you do. In this episode, we will look at where some of the most common creative insecurities come from, and with that understanding talk through a framework that can help you have a new way of dealing with yourself and your work.
How to find and restore your confidence
Confidence is something we all seem to be constantly working on since it can be easily faked, lost, or thanks to design imposter syndrome always in short supply. Yet confidence is something that is critical for creativity, leadership, and happiness so we need to understand what undermines it and find new ways of restoring it. In this episode, we will look at the fears that commonly undermine our confidence and 5 ways effective ways to find or rebuild it.
How to survive corporate politics with grace and integrity
Dealing with politics is a necessary evil no matter where you work and at their worst can be so complicated that they can drive you out of a company or stand in the way of great work going out the door. In this episode, we will look at some of the emotional issues behind office politics and talk about the 8 habits that you can use to be able to survive them with grace and integrity.
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 over 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.
How to fight imposter syndrome
Even the most successful creatives a little secret we all share – from time to time we feel like frauds. It’s called design imposter syndrome and it is a psychological phenomenon where you have a belief that you’re inadequate despite evidence to the contrary. In this episode, we will look at why it is something we all have, the 5 different types of imposter syndromes, and what you can do about it.
What’s the equation for doing great work?
There are so many elements that go into building a great career but what are those elements and how do you keep them in the right balance to be successful? In this episode, we will explore how craft, originality, impact, joy and other variables can come together to define your career, you work and your happiness.
Portfolio, resume, and personal branding refresher
If you are actively looking for a new job or want to figure out to make the most out of your current career, then you need to listen to this episode. Too many great creative talents don’t have the careers they deserve and are struggling to find a new job because of a few simple, but huge problems are the reason why. In this episode, we will look how you can better understand employment process, as well as some of the basic do’s and don’ts so you can build a stronger brand and get better results in your next job search.
Know when to quit and do it the right way
Leaving your job is always a difficult decision but how do you know if you really should go after something new, see if it is a great opportunity that isn’t being influenced by your emotions, and how do you leave the right way? In this episode, we will look at the seven signs that it is indeed time to move on, make sure that you don’t fall into emotional traps while making the decision and go over everything you need make sure you do after you give your notice.
Know what fights to pick and how to fight them constructively
Fighting for what you believe in at work and what your team needs are critical parts of leadership. The problem is that if you to do it too much then you are a real pain to work with but if you don’t do it enough then you aren’t an effective leader. In this episode, we will look at how to find a balance in how often you have fights, why they are important and how to make fighting constructive instead of destructive for you and your career.
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.
6 ways to screw up your career
Navigating your career path can be extremely hard as there are a lot of traps and obstacles that can cause real problems you won’t see until it is too late. In this episode, we will explore six of the most common career mistakes that I see creatives make too often and explore a few different ways you can be sure you don’t make them in your career.
‘Building your personal brand’ from Adobe MAX 2017
A replay of my sold-out session from Adobe MAX 2017 that asked can you tell people why you are different and better than every other creative out there? This session will highlight the power, importance, and difficulties of creating your own personal brand, see why building your brand is critical for finding the perfect new job, standing out in your current job, or getting respect in the industry.
Make your own luck
Too many people think that luck has something to do with success but nothing could be further from the truth. You need to make your work luck and in this episode, we will take a closer look at what people really meany when they say people are ‘lucky’, how preparation defines success more than anything, give an example of that from one of my most famous projects and talk about the habits of “lucky” people.
Mentoring: How to find or become a mentor
As your career grows, it’s natural to want to learn from people who are older, more experienced or more successful than you are. As you become more successful, it also becomes natural to want to pay that experience forward to younger creatives. But how to do approach someone who you want to learn from, how do you know what type of mentor you should be and how do both sides do it successfully? In this episode, we will look at how to find or become a mentor, start a productive conversation and set both sides of the mentor / mentee relationship up for success.
Everything important I’ve learned in my career so far
I’ve had a lot of successes and challenges over the course of my career but all of those challenges taught me some important lessons. In this episode, I share the most important lessons I’ve learned in 6 different areas in the hope that they will be able to help you have a more successful and creative career.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Build Rapport with Your Clients
If you can’t build rapport with your clients and your team then they won’t trust you and your best ideas will never see the light of day. This episode explores 5 simple things you can do to build stronger leadership and partnership with your clients and within your team.
Bringing your personal brand to life
Episode 6 helped you define your personal brand and this episode will help you start to build your personal brand ecosystem by understanding the secrets to bring it to life in your resume, business cards, social media and more.
The power of personal branding
Can you tell people why you are different and better than every other creative out there? This episode will help you understand the obstacles, power, and importance of creating your own personal brand and how to start building it today.LISTEN & SHOW NOTES
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