Creativity

Today on the show we’re honored to have bestselling author Todd Henry on the show.

Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) 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. His book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Herding Tigers, is about what creative people need from their leader, and how to give it to them.

In this episode, Todd and I talk about how to leaders need transition from Maker to Manager and how micro managers don’t scale. Todd says that leaders need to give 2 things to their talented teams, stability and challenges.  And if we micro manage all the time, we create stability but no challenges.  And without challenges, the highly skilled team members will leave.

Todd also talks about how leaders need to stay routed in their work to keep their technical chops up.  This is a way that leaders can speak meaningful and credible to their teams. We typically fall somewhere between a maker and a manager, rarely are leaders just one or the other.

As leaders we need to develop our team to be better than we are.  Todd says that all managers need to be leaders and we shouldn’t parse the two terms.

We spend several minutes discussing how to fight well and the importance of conflict in successful teams. Todd says that highly talented people will have conflict.  Its normal and should be encouraged.

We talk about the importance of respect and trust for leaders and how teams collaborate and handle conflict.

People don’t quit companies, they quit managers. — Todd Henry

I really enjoyed talking with Todd today, please check Todd’s podcast, Accidental Creative, and pick up Herding Tigers where ever books are sold!

 

Below is a talk by Todd on leadership that I enjoyed and I’m sure you guys will to.

 


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August 3, 2018
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AGL 050: Herding Tigers – Todd Henry

Today on the show we’re honored to have bestselling author Todd Henry on the show. Todd teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of four books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) 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. His book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013. His latest book, Herding Tigers, is about what creative people need from […]
August 1, 2018
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AGL 049: Herding Tigers Book Review

I read, well listen to, a lot of leadership books.  Most of the leadership books I read are either very theoretical, with little practical advise, but very good theory, or very practical, with steps you can take, but not much on the “why” those steps really work.  This book, Herding Tigers, by Todd Henry is the best of both worlds.  I was telling Todd the other day that his writing seems to follow my career.  His first book, Accidental Creative, is about what to do when you find that you’re accidentally in a creative field, when no one taught you […]
July 9, 2018
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AGL 039: Your F.A.T.E Equals Your Productivity

Today I’m going to do something totally different.  I’m going to do a blitz week.  5 episodes in 5 days.  These will be on the topic of managing your F.A.T.E.  The acronym F.A.T.E stands for your finite resources, your Focus, Assets, Time and Energy. I first heard about this from Toddy Henry, host of The Accidental Creative. I highly recommend you check out his podcast and his books. I interviewed him a while back about his book, Louder than Words, Click Here to listen to that conversation. In this episode I’ll set the stage for what’s time come.  I’m breaking […]
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AGL 037: The Power of a Field Trip

The Power of a Field Trip One way to inspire creativity and to motivate yourself or your team is to take a field trip. This will work if wherever you work for a nonprofit organization or a traditional office. Take a field trip. I’m going to tell you two stories to prove how beneficial field trips of any size can be.  Small Field Trips My team took a little field trip a couple of years ago. We rode around with some technicians in their trucks. We wanted to see how they were using our products. We created a way for them […]
April 11, 2018

AGL 031: Put your oxygen mask on first

If you’ve every flown on an airplane then you’ve heard the flight attendant say: In the event of the cabin loose pressure, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person. That last statement may seem odd […]
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AGL 023: Learning as a Leader

Part of being a great leader is being a great learner.  If you decide to be leader, either in a leadership/managerial role, or just leading those to your left and to your right, you must also decide to never stop learning.  When you stop learning, you stop leading. Last week my wife and I rented “The Intern.”  It’s a movie with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.  De Niro plays the part of a 70+ year old widower who is board with life and wants to have something to get him out of the house.  He’s a retired VP from a […]