Every year managers put underperforming employees on performance improvement plans. But, the fundamental premise of a performance improvement plan is flawed. If somebody is lousy at something, performance improvement is a way to make them…

When we read self-help books, listen to podcasts, or attempt some behavioral change, we overlook that blatantly obvious variable that throws off every formula for success: YOU. We mimic rather than model someone’s advice. When…

This has become our mantra behind the scenes at The Unmistakable Creative. Sometimes we ship something for public consumption. Other times it’s starting experiments behind the scenes to improve the experience for our listeners. In…

In a world where we’ve quantified the value of people’s artistic endeavors with reviews, rankings, fan, and follower counts, modern-day artists have become excessively concerned with validation from strangers on the Internet, and metrics over…

With every new technology, there are two questions worth asking yourself. 1. What does this make possible that wasn’t before? The combination of the commercial web browser and the ability to process a credit card…

We’ve all been given a microphone. It might be a blog, a podcast,  or youtube channel. We get to choose what we broadcast, and how we show up in the world.  Will you waste it…

As a culture, we underrate the value of starting small and overvalue grand ambitions. This is reflected in graduation speeches, book titles, and celebrating those with aspirations to make a dent in the universe. But…

The prolific creator understands that fame is a possible product of mastery, but that’s not what drives him. What drives him is the desire to bridge the gap between ambition and ability, to reach his…

Anything that’s trendy is tempting. Somebody becomes successful from an industry and others follow. Podcasting is a perfect example. Up until the freakish success of Serial, it was a form of media that appealed only…

For every writer who is at the top of the best-seller list, every actor that wins an Oscar, and every person who ends up on Oprah, there are thousands of people doing important work. Just…