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AC Podcast: Selective Ignorance of Feedback

by | The Accidental Creative

You cannot listen to everyone. To be brilliant, you have to know who you are serving, and focus on moving the needle with them.


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Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

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  1. Tony Vitale

    Great point here, and something I am learning in my current job. It can be hard to not take some comments personally, but once you realize they do not offer productive comments it is a bit easier to censor those remarks out of your opinion of your own work. I do value thoughtful criticisms that I try to use to improve my work, but it does take some doing to decide who’s comments are really helpful and who’s are not.

    Thanks for a great podcast.

    • Todd Henry

      Agreed, Tony. Any feedback can be valuable, but the key is to discern who is truly your target before applying it.

  2. Brian French

    Great stuff; I usually get feedback of why a particular event didn’t speak to them, and my response usually is, “we’re intentionally thinking about someone else who’s not quite where you are yet.” Having said that, the feedback can wear on you. Thanks for this reminder!

  3. Bill Roth

    “If you are trying to please everyone – you probably don’t have a point of view” – this is GOLD.

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