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How To Handle Conflict

If you have talented, driven, creative people on your team, conflict is inevitable. Conflict isn’t bad, it’s just a by-product of the creative process. However, how you handle conflict will determine the health or dysfunction of the team. On this episode,...

Dealing With A Culture Of Blame

It’s human nature to want to assign blame. Since the dawn of time we’ve assigned unseen causes to effects that we can’t explain. We even find ways of off-loading blame for our vices (the devil made me do it!) and our shortcomings (it’s just my...

How To Handle Failure

After a failed project, many teams simply move forward to the next one, without a postmortem. This is a huge mistake. It’s important as a leader that you seize those failures and mistakes and turn them into growth moments for your team. Otherwise, people are...

3 Critical Pressures Every Manager Faces

Leading creative work is like trying to organize something that doesn’t want to be organized. You will face a number of unique pressures that can easily sidetrack you (and your career) if you don’t handle them well. On this episode, we share three of those...

Why Great Leaders Tell Great Stories

As a leader of a creative organization, your job may be to tell your client’s story through the work of your team.  Your team is in the business of positively shaping the perception a market has towards what your client is selling. You are attempting to...

Four Traps Leaders Fall Into (And How To Avoid Them)

When the pressure is on, and uncertainty is rearing its ugly head, there are traps that even the most experienced leaders fall into. When you fall into one (or more) of these traps, you put an impediment in your team’s path, and introduce dissonance into the organization.

On this episode, we share four common traps that leaders fall into when the pressure is on: deferring, blaming, bending, and hovering.