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

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

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm.
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Publisher's Summary

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm. He focuses on five key elements:

  • Focus: Begin with your end goal in mind.
  • Relationships: Build stimulating relationships and ideas will follow.
  • Energy: Manage it as your most valuable resource.
  • Stimuli: Structure the right "inputs" to maximize creative output.
  • Hours: Focus on effectiveness, not efficiency.

This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Todd Henry (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"The gift of creative insight is not to be squandered! Todd Henry has assembled a guide that will enrich your creative pursuits. Don't dream without it." (Scott Belsky, CEO, Behance, and Author of Making Ideas Happen)

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    H. Gschwindt De Gyor Northern Virginia, USA 02-02-12
    H. Gschwindt De Gyor Northern Virginia, USA 02-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Henrik de Gyor

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    "Becoming and maintaining the Accidental Creative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have been listening to Todd Henry's excellent podcasts The Accidental Creative for over year. This book has some very helpful hints to generating creative ideas on a regular basis and optimal ways to managing your work/life balance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Accidental Creative?

    There are some nice real world stories that illustrate his points about his kids and people Todd has met.


    What about Todd Henry’s performance did you like?

    Since Todd is the voice behind his podcast series I knew his audio book would be a be a good listen, easy to understand and gives good advise in managing things.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this audio book and the podcast series The Accidental Creative as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Copenhagen 10-05-13
    Oliver Copenhagen 10-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "If you aren't busy, this book will make ya!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Both yes and no. It's okay, but the author goes on a sheer rampage of things you have to do. You should spend 20 minutes on this every day, spend 30 minutes on that, and 10 minutes on this and 20 minutes on that. And, you should make this list and that list, and then another list, and brainstorm and think about and generate ideas and on and on and on and on.

    I got really stressed listening to all his suggestions. Everyone can be creative. What everyone can't, is be consistently productive while being creative, as a creative professional.

    I don't feel the book helps me much in that regard. Rather, it suggests how I can stress myself out writing a gazillion notes and do a multitude of exercises.


    Has The Accidental Creative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Otelo ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-04-13
    Otelo ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the Best Books for Creatives"
    What did you love best about The Accidental Creative?

    The great mix of sound concrete implementable advice without loosing the essence and flexibility that is inherent to the creative flow and process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Todd ... of course :-)


    What about Todd Henry’s performance did you like?

    He is methodical and deliberate yet personable and engaging.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Accidental Creative?

    Where to start?! Small best practices to help me do what matters most and also to pay much more attention to the sustainability of my creative process in the long term.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a way to show a few visuals (diagrams & charts) for certain key sections. Something that could pause the book and see a visual to help crystallize the thought and principle being taught.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Toddy Australia 09-23-13
    Toddy Australia 09-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally, a decent book for 'creatives'."
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    Being a sucker for anything with a title that targets 'creatives', I've downloaded a lotta audiobooks during the recent spate of such releases, but gosh have I been consistently disappointed. Until now.

    In The Accidental Creative I've finally found one with the actual substance that is the promise of this kind of title. Todd is an extremely articulate guy with a great head for practical ways to apply process to your creativity in the real world of the modern day creative economy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 08-20-13
    Michael Sydney, Australia 08-20-13 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "University Paper Presentation"

    Yes you will learn one or two things from this book. He has made some good points and I feel proves his case. The argument and style is well laid out however, Todd Henry presents this book like a student presenting their paper to the class in a first year university course. He lacks the enthusiasm and style of his podcast and it becomes boring to listen too. He speaks well, but without personality. I think you would be better to read the book rather than listen to it. Todd I am sure will become a fine narrator in the future, but this I think is his first and lacks the experience and personality of his podcast and lectures. Good work and insightful just lacking the real Todd.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Mt Martha, Australia 01-30-12
    Mike Mt Martha, Australia 01-30-12
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    "The most boring book I have ever listened to!"
    Would you try another book from Todd Henry and/or Todd Henry?

    NO!


    Has The Accidental Creative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No Just from this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He wrote the book so therefore one would assume it should be told from the heart. He sounded like he was just reading his own boring book. I found the monotone delivery of this book added to the name dropping humdrum of the text.


    What character would you cut from The Accidental Creative?

    The Narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Rue CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-07-13
    Rue CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-07-13
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    "So many words, so little message"

    Stopped about halfway through ... so many words about how important it is for "creatives" to not get tired & meet natural rhythms & deal with managers with unreasonable schedules and yet so little actual message that wasn't just corporate jargon ...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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