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The Crazy One

The Crazy One podcast gives you actionable insights to help you be more creative, become a better leader, create more innovative work, build better relationships with your clients, grow a stronger career and more. Host and award-winning creative director Stephen Gates shares what he learned from leading global in-house and agency creative teams, building multiple Fortune 100 brands, and working with some the world's most innovative companies like Apple, Google, and Adobe.

Jan 15, 2018

Fighting for what you believe in at work and what your team needs are a critical parts of leadership. The problem is that if you to do it too much then you are a real pain to work with but if you don’t do it enough then you aren’t an effective leader. In this episode, we will look at how to find a balance in how...


Nov 11, 2017

One of the toughest things you will ever do as a creative leader is to come up with a plan and have the tough conversations with a person or team that is struggling to deliver great work. It is the leadership question I am asked the most so in this episode we will look at the different ways you need to work with an...


Oct 22, 2017

A replay of my sold out session from Adobe MAX 2017 called 'In-house Powerhouse: Building, Managing an Empowered Internal Creative Team' that looked at how companies want creativity and design like never before, but very few of their internal creative teams have been empowered to take advantage of this demand. In...


Oct 8, 2017

Over the course of this show we have talked a lot about how to lead creative teams because there are many unique challenges for this type of leadership. One of the biggest challenges is how to effectively coach and grow the members of your team to make them a more valuable part of the team and meet their career goals....


Aug 27, 2017

They say that people quit bosses, they don’t quit jobs and this is mostly true. But leading and working as a creative comes with its own set of challenges that can drive people to leave your team or for you to find a new job. In this episode, we will look at some of those unique challenges, what you can do about it as...