In the midst of all the jet-setting, road-tripping, and beach-going this summer, we hope you also manage to unplug, recharge, and refill your ‘me’ tank. We put together a list of our favorite podcasts, videos, and must-read articles, our most popular Creative-Executive content, and some of the books we’re planning to tackle this season.
Bookmark this list for your next poolside break!
Our Most Viewed Blogs + Social Posts
- Risk creates cohesion and motivation in ways that the status quo can’t.
- Our careers last 40+ years and span many chapters. Is it time to check in on your narrative?
- Before rushing to the altar together, these 10 questions will help you form a better business partnership.
- We teamed up with #productivity guru @mnthomas to help you find your 2016 success plan!
- What knocks us off course is universal, here’s how to regain your footing.
- New boss messing with your mojo? Here’s how to not let it stall your progress.
- You must take your future into your own hands, Creative Executive. Here’s how.
- Pause for a second and check-in with your team. Don’t let damaging dynamics take hold.
- Priorities: does your day-to-day mesh with your long-term? An exercise to help you figure out your non-negotiables.
Most Viewed Articles of Others
- Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It. (Yes, we get the irony of sharing on social media!) via @nytimes
- Debbie Millman on how to recover from rejection, how to overcome personal crises of faith, and lessons from her most impactful mentors via Tim Ferris
- ‘Traditional answers have included time management and multi-tasking, neither of which works. Only attention management can slay the productivity-stealing dragon of distraction.’ – Maura Thomas of RegainYourTime
- One of my favorite quotes – on failure – from GQ’s profile of Stephen Colbert
- ‘Though most employees care what leadership thinks of them, they are actually quite rational in paying attention to what leadership does, not what they say.’ Dr. Cameron Sepah
Books I’m dying, I mean trying, to read:
- Iron John
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
- Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work
- Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
- The Complacent Class
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
- Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto
Favorite Purchase This Year 🙂
As I’m coming across my 10-year anniversary this month, I’ve been reflecting on the immense amount I’ve learned about myself, about business, and about humans.
Here are just a few things I wanted to share … Read more…
Here are some ways to explore what’s next. Read more…
With the fast pace and client-centric focus in creative environments, it can be hard to pause for a second to check in on how your team is working. Before you realize it, dynamics take root that can damage your productivity and your entire work culture.
When you know that something needs to change on your team, but you can’t quite pinpoint the problem, ask yourself these questions to help identify your issues and set a course of action. Read more…
What is Career Pathing? Whether you call it career design, career mapping, role planning, or professional development, Career Pathing is a way to map out how your reports can gain the skills, experience, and expertise to grow toward a particular role, responsibility, or outcome.
Are you unclear about the direction of your career and current job role — and do you expect your boss to figure that out for you?
If so, I have a different perspective to share. Let me show you how to take your future into your own hands through Career Pathing. Read more…
The job title “director of culture” is relatively new within the past five or so years. But I’m seeing more and more smaller to mid-size, entrepreneurial companies creating this role within their organizations.
Every spring, the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals fill our home city of Austin, Texas, with big ideas – not to mention beer and barbecue.
When was the last time you wanted to stay in a job where you weren’t being challenged or using your talents? Where you knew exactly what to expect every day? Where there were no surprises and you knew you would have the same role in five or 10 years that you have today?
That might work for some people. But it doesn’t work for Creative Executives. Read more…
I was recently asked for insights on what people should think about before becoming business partners.
Partnership is marriage. Period. When it’s great, it’s great, and when it’s challenging…you have to dig in. Partnership is being legally entwined with someone else (or multiple people), for better or worse. Read more…
The hangover of transitioning back into work is slowly drifting away, and I hope this finds you well and excited about what you are working on. If not, here are some tips and tools to manage your energy today and all year long. Read more…
A milestone birthday mixed with a longer work engagement left me needing some introspection and reflection. As a coach, I often guide people in focusing on where they want to be in the future. But these last few months I’ve taken a new approach – looking at my past to get clear on the now. Read more…
As it turns out, everything. I recently sat down with Jasmine Holan of Veriditas Money Management to chat about her philosophies around wealth and the creative professional.
My husband and I found out about Jasmine and sought her out as a way to help us save for having a baby. If you’re self-employed, two months off with baby = need for savings! While Jasmine is not a financial planner or CPA, she anchors everything she does in numbers. Within the first six months of working with her, Read more…
Overwhelmed by the agenda at this year’s SXSW? Since we’re all about cultivating creative leadership at The Creative Executive, we’ll help you narrow it down.
I’ve had several clients this past year that have had new bosses enter the picture – sometimes at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. One even had this happen within just weeks of joining a new company!
A new leader can bring about excitement, fear, and a whole lot of uncertainty.
For some, uncertainty is invigorating and for others, it’s a fear trigger.
We want to make sure that fear around uncertainty doesn’t get in the way of you and your potential.
What do you love? What makes you smile? What interests you? What are you good at? Your superpower lies at the intersection of the answer to these questions.
Did we get your attention?
We believe that great Creative Executives are fantastic leaders and even better learners. Get a leg-up at the beginning of the year and discover some new things about yourself with some of our favorite free tools.
May these resources keep you inspired, aware, and on a productive, creative path.
Enjoy! Read more…
Florence and the Machine inspired our post this month. For us, this song encapsulates what the New Year symbolizes – a time to plan, set intentions, chart a course, and set sail! Moreover, like any effort that requires planning and forethought, you don’t want to sabotage the delicate balance by taking on too much or failing to map your journey. Here are simple things you can do this month to keep your ship sailing in smooth waters all year long.
As I was wrapping up our Creative Executive Immersion experience, I found myself at a loss for words. I was having a really hard time articulating my thoughts to the group because I was so blown away by their courage.
In the coaching world, the word courage gets thrown around like Snickers on Halloween, so it can often sound trite or superficial. But talking about courage and actually experiencing it are two very different things. During the Immersion weekend, I was witness to the depth and meaning of the word.
Six years in remission from having cancer in my mid-twenties, I was bellied up to a downtown Los Angeles bar, lamenting the fickle and unforgiving industry I chose. It was January of 2014, and I was a cliche – a down-on-his-luck actor claiming creative relevance in LA with little more than a regional insurance commercial and a couple viral videos to my credit. And I was floating further and further away from the safe, sandy, care-free beaches of my twenties and into the deep sea of expectation that is life in your thirties. Do I hang it all up and shift focus away from the unstable pursuit of creativity or do I keep showing up to auditions with my head held high? Read more…