Wed, 11 June 2014
Todd Henry is a keynote speaker and founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He is the author of the books, The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice, and Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Todd is also host of The Accidental Creative podcast.
Talking about creativity, relationships, and networking.
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Todd Henry begins by telling us about his latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.
We need to take time and stop and enjoy the ride sometimes.
What people think of the title, “Die Empty”.
What is the most valuable land in the world? Todd explains.
When I get to the end of my life, I want to know that I haven’t left my best stuff inside of me.
So many people are being carried along by their work day to day.
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It’s not about squeezing every ounce of work out of you. Instead, it’s about making sure you’re being purposeful about how you’re spending your focus, your assets, time and energy.
Todd started his podcast, The Accidental Creative, as a conversation about creativity in the workplace. It became one of the top business podcasts in iTunes in 2005.
How to be prolific, brilliant and healthy all at the same time.
Todd branched out to start his own consultancy after learning of consistent issues about workplace creativity from his interviews on his podcast. His podcast led to his consultancy!
Todd's new book will be available next summer.
Accidental Creative episode “Unstuck”.
Todd talks about going outside of your circles to establish new relationships.
“To commune with great minds.” - Steven Sample.
You meet people all the time in your life. Are you paying attention to those times when there’s that ping? Those are the kinds of people you need to reach out to.
How can I engage this person, so we can stretch one another to think in new ways? How can I build time into my life, so we can get together to talk about ideas.
Who are those people in your life?
We discuss mastermind groups.
Todd has a routine where he thinks about open-relational loops. Who does he need to reach out to today?
I mention Nimble, which helps to manage your social connections.
I recommend using Facebook birthdays as personal reminders to check in with your network. I have a video explaining this in detail in the NBN Club.
We talk about meeting in-person and stepping out of your comfort zone.
The love of comfort is the enemy of greatness in life.
Find problems, don’t just solve them.
Todd takes courses on his flights from downloading lectures from iTunesU.
Check out CodeAcademy.com.
If Todd had to begin building his network again, here’s what he would do…
Find people you respect and ask to spend some time with them.
All relationships involve risk.
All of us think everyone else has it figured out more than we do. We think that everyone else is some how more advanced than we are. The reality is that all of us are making it up as we go (at least a little bit).
Be as contextually authentic as possible.
Buy someone a drink and ask them how they got to be doing what they are doing. Do this.
Book Recommendation: The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (Vintage) by Lewis Hyde and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
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