Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need

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

Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need

by Todd Henry


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A practical handbook for every manager charged with leading teams to creative brilliance, from the author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty.

Doing the work and leading the work are very different things. When you make the transition from maker to manager, you give ownership of projects to your team even though you could do them yourself better and faster. You're juggling expectations from your manager, who wants consistent, predictable output from an inherently unpredictable creative process. And you're managing the pushback from your team of brilliant, headstrong, and possibly overqualified creatives.

Leading talented, creative people requires a different skill set than the one many management books offer. As a consultant to creative companies, Todd Henry knows firsthand what prevents creative leaders from guiding their teams to success, and in Herding Tigers he provides a bold new blueprint to help you be the leader your team needs. Learn to lead by influence instead of control. Discover how to create a stable culture that empowers your team to take bold creative risks. And learn how to fight to protect the time, energy, and resources they need to do their best work.

Full of stories and practical advice, Herding Tigers will give you the confidence and the skills to foster an environment where clients, management, and employees have a product they can be proud of and a process that works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735211711
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 372,047
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. Visit ToddHenry.com to learn more.

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Table of Contents

Introduction How to Draw Darth Vader 1

Chapter 1 What Creative People Need 13

Part 1 Your Mind-Set

Chapter 2 Stop Doing the Work 31

The Shift from Maker to Manager

Chapter 3 They Broke It, You Bought It 50

The Shift from "My Stuff" to "Our Stuff"

Chapter 4 Level Up 63

The Shift from Equals to Imbalance

Chapter 5 Lead Brilliance 78

The Shift from Peer to Coach

Part 2 Your Mechanics

Chapter 6 Earn the Right 97

Managing Trust

Chapter 7 Prune Proactively 119

Shaping Your Culture

Chapter 8 Stay on Target 139

Harnessing Collective Focus

Chapter 9 Defend their Space 157

Managing Your Team's Margin

Chapter 10 Be the Muse 182

How to Spark Ideas

Chapter 11 Fight Well 204

How to Manage Conflict

Chapter 12 Be a Leader worth following 223

Acknowledgments 241

List of Rituals 243

Next Steps and Resources 249

Index 251

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