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

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

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

Have better ideas, faster, without the stress and burnout.

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us-even the accountants-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591844013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.12(w) x 6.32(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consulting firm that helps organizations like Mattel, Intuit, P&G, and State Farm generate creative ideas. In 2006 he started The Accidental Creative, one of the top business podcasts. Henry is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and coach. Visit

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HolaMindy More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised how much I've gotten out of this book in just a few weeks since reading it! This book is going to help you bring a thoughtful structure to your everyday creative work. Todd teaches you how to examine your life as a whole to make sure that you have the key elements necessary to support your creating. I often find myself exhausted from a long day at work and have little energy left to give to my own personal art. After reading the book I've made some small, intentional changes to my daily habits and I've been excited to find that I have so much more left in the tank for my writing and crafting sessions. You don't need to have heard any of Todd's podcasts to love this book, but if you've been a fan of the show (as I have), you'll love this book. This was definitely worth the money and I even find that it is helping me synthesize the ideas from other creative revolution books, like Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind. This book applies to all creative professionals, from writers, painters, and graphic designers to product design engineers and computer programmers. I think it would make an excellent gift for new college graduates too. I sure wish I'd had it when I graduated from college!
bnlv More than 1 year ago
After being a listener of the Accidental Creative podcast for years, it was great to see Todd finally release a book. This is an important book worth sharing for a few reasons... 1. it's hits all the strong points from Accidental Creative - and there are many, 2. it covers a ton of uncharted territory extremely relevant to the modern knowledge worker, 3. it articulates art and creativity in way that almost anyone can digest, bringing it closer to home for engineering minds (like mine), and 4. brings all this together with a focus on mental and physical health too - it's like a Four Hour Body for the mind. A thoroughly recommended, refreshing read.
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lostandlovely More than 1 year ago
This book is a must-read for two groups of people: Those who create (write, design, film, craft, etc.) and those who lead teams of people who do creative work. Todd Henry has synthesized the material from his highly popular podcast "The Accidental Creative" and his experience coaching organizations into a powerhouse of a book. We are all striving to produce more while wondering where the "more" is supposed to come from. This book walks you through some revolutionary practices, that if implemented have the potential to move you to creative freedom. For example, Todd takes a holistic approach when he recommends we do "whole life planning" not just planning for specific, independent projects. What we do in our personal time affects our work, and vice versa. I have personally found it most helpful to implement Todd's quarterly checkpoints as a way to manage my family. The result is less time spent depleted and more time filled and ready to create. There are many takeaways just like that throughout the book. It's an inspiring read and provided me with a jump-start to my creative life.
mestudio More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I stumbled upon Todd Henry and his podcast. Instantly I was drawn in by his accessible manner, as he painted the picture of what creative burn-out looked like..and it was my self portrait. His emphasis on "filling your tank" with artistic input before you even begin expelling your creative output, changed my entire perspective of the process. I anxiously awaited the release of his book, How To Be Brilliant At A Moment's Notice and I am thrilled to say that it exceeded all expectations that I had. It is the essential user's manual for any creative! If your creative outlook was impacted by Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art" then this book will blow you away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago