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With millions of downloads, The Accidental Creative podcast has provided twice-weekly tips and interviews with top thinkers, leaders, and artists for over a decade.

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The Daily Creative podcast offers a quick daily idea, tip, or strategy to help you be better at what you do each day. Hosted by Todd Henry (author of The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Herding Tigers).

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No Conflict Is No Good

Many leaders believe that a lack of conflict on their team is a sign of health. It's not. Great teams fight, they just do it in a healthy way. [iframe style="border:none"...

The Making Of a Manager (with Julie Zhuo)

When you first step into your role as a manager, your entire work world changes. You are no longer simply responsible for your own work. Now, you are responsible for the work, the culture, the process, and anything else that happens on your team. It can feel overwhelming. On this episode, Julie Zhou (VP of Product Design at Facebook) shares insights for managers from her new book The Making of a Manager.

Keeper Of The Flame

Your productive passion is like a quiet fire that burns just beneath the surface of your daily activity. You must do whatever it takes to protect the flame. [iframe style="border:none"...

Recovering From A Bad Decision

When you fail, it's tempting to want to shift the blame or cover it up. However, it's a mark of character to accept your mistake and try to make it right. On this episode, I share a few core principles for doing so. [iframe style="border:none"...

Escape Hatches

There are a number of ways in which we build "escape hatches" to relieve the stress and fear that we might under-perform. On this episode, I talk about three of those common "secondary ways of escape", and how to begin to counter them.

A Lesson From The Beavers

On this episode, I share the story of a chance encounter with a shoe shiner who re-framed my understanding of what it means to bring your unique self to your work each day. [iframe style="border:none"...

The Portfolio and the Slot Machine

There are two mindsets we can adopt with our time: portfolio, and slot machine. One is about short-term payoff, the other is about investments that will bear out over time. [iframe style="border:none"...

Mementos

What you surround yourself with can inspire new ideas and motivate you to keep pressing on when things get difficult. On this episode, I share the three categories of "mementos" that you can keep in your workspace to help you push through challenges and root your work in meaning.

Over To You

I want YOUR questions for the Daily Creative podcast. Send them to interact@accidentalcreative.com, or visit AccidentalCreative.com/contact. Let me know what you'd like to hear about. [iframe style="border:none"...

Noun, or Verb?

On this episode I share a conversation I had recently with Austin Kleon about the nature of creative work, and why some people are more interested in being known for a thing than for actually doing that thing. [iframe style="border:none"...

Adventure Is Right In Front Of You

I sent a tweet (@toddhenry) the other day that addressed a pattern I'm seeing with people I've been interacting with. It seems that many people are losing the narrative. They expect results without adventure. Celebration with the risk of rejection. Pride without doubts. This doesn't happen. On this episode, I share a few areas where you need to be brave this week.

The Work, Not Its Fruit

On this episode, I share a quote from the Bhagavad Gita that I learned from Steven Pressfield, and how it made me re-think my motives in my work. [iframe style="border:none"...

Missiles and Micro-Alignments

A missile is only truly "on target" for the very last moments of its journey. It is constantly re-calculating and re-calibrating along the way to keep it on course. The same must be true for you and your goals. [iframe style="border:none"...

Safety Is Not An Option

The meaning behind a (somewhat scary?) bumper sticker I once made for a team I led, and why the safe choice is sometimes the most dangerous choice we can make. [iframe style="border:none"...

Three Signs Your Team Lacks Accountability

Trust is essential for creative teams, but there is no trust without accountability. On this episode, I offer three signs that your team lacks the appropriate accountability, and how to spot and over come them. [iframe style="border:none"...

Dealing With a Difficult Co-worker

Work would be so easy if it weren't for all the people, right? However, all of us have to deal (from time to time) with difficult co-workers and people who seem intent on making our lives miserable. On this episode, I share a few principles for dealing with those difficult co-workers.

Shifting Your Goals

There are three signs that the goals you've set for yourself are no longer worth pursuing. On this episode, I share each of them and how they affect your drive and ability to engage with your ambitions. [iframe style="border:none"...