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Impact Makers

Nov 5, 2020

On Episode 49 of the Impact Makers Podcast, I’m speaking with someone that I admire and respect, and whom I’ve learned a great deal from over the past 10 years through his podcast, his books, and also by sometimes sharing stages with him speaking at conferences and events around the world.

Todd Henry positions himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, and he teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance.

He’s the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, and the latest - The Motivation Code), and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

Todd is also the host of The Accidental Creative podcast, where he offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy, and it’s been downloaded over 10 million times.

When I saw that he was releasing his latest book - his fifth - in early October, I immediately bought a copy to keep my streak going of having read all of his books, and I also reached out to ask if he would join me on the podcast to share more about it with you. I was thrilled when he said yes right away, and I think you’ll enjoy learning more about his books, as well as how you can do the best work of your life.


Topics Discussed In This Episode:​​

  • How starting a podcast in 2005 as a fun side project and creative outlet led unexpectedly to a book deal with a major publisher, and invitations to speak at events all over the world.
  • Why persistence is the key to success at work and in life.
  • What a 5-time published author who hates the writing process loves about writing books.
  • How to structure your life in a way that you’re going to produce great work.
  • How to avoid the seven forces that disrupt your ability to produce work you can be proud of.
  • The five key elements needed when putting your work into the world to ensure it will resonate with people.
  • The leadership framework necessary to lead highly creative people, and to provide the stability and challenge they need to thrive.
  • How identifying your core motivators can help you understand what drives you, and also how you can mitigate any of their negative effects.


People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:

Todd Henry

Todd Henry LinkedIn

Todd Henry Twitter

Todd Henry Facebook

The Accidental Creative podcast

The Motivation Code / The Motivation Code Assessment

The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work by Todd Henry, Rod Penner, Todd W. Hall, and Joshua Miller

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need by Todd Henry

Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry


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